Eric Fins is the Vice President of Grove Climate Group, LLC. Eric joined the team in February 2023 after nearly 15 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives in a variety of capacities. Most recently, Eric was the Deputy Staff Director of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis (SCCC) during the 118th Congress. In this capacity, he helped manage a staff of 12 full-time professionals as well as interns. Known as the “climate think tank” for House Democrats, Eric was responsible for coordinating climate policy with House Democratic Leadership including the standing committees, in addition to the White House and Senate. During the 117th Congress, the Select Committee was charged with helping implement the policy proposals included in the Committee’s June 2020 Solving the Climate Crisis report. By the end of 2022, over 300 of the report’s 715 policy recommendations had been signed into law.
Over the course of his Congressional career, Eric has worked professionally for five members of Congress, spanning the Democratic party both geographically and across the political spectrum. Including his time on SCCC, Eric supported work on the following laws, including but not limited to: the Inflation Reduction Act, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPS and Science Act, in addition to annual appropriations and defense bills, laws to protect the ancestral lands of a Native American tribe, reverse antiquated federal policies that were inhibiting local economic development related to offshore wind, authorize the creation of a national network of advanced manufacturing institutes to support public-private partnerships focused on overcoming next-generation manufacturing challenges, and ensure constituents were given due process in proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Additionally, Eric worked to solve issues through other means. With SCCC, he co-led the effort to garner 192 bicameral Democratic signers on an amicus brief to the Supreme Court’s West Virginia v. EPA case and co-managed the drafting and editing of the SCCC Majority Staff report Solving the Climate Crisis 2022: Key Accomplishments and Additional Opportunities. During his time serving on the Committee, Chair Kathy Castor and the Select Committee were recognized as having among the most diverse witnesses testifying at Congressional hearings in the 118th Congress. In prior roles, Eric fought to develop bipartisan support for access and funding to civil legal aid programs, legal support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and long overdue compensation for victims and families impacted by exposure to harmful material working in federal programs. Eric has participated in several international staff delegation visits to various countries covering wide-ranging topics of mutual interests with the United States.
Eric received his J.D. from American University Magna Cum Laude and served as a staff member on the American University Law Review for two years. He also received his bachelor’s degree from American University in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government with a Minor in Spanish. Eric lives in North Carolina with his wife, two kids, and their dog.