Tom Hart

Tom Hart
Tom is the US executive director at ONE. Previously, he was the senior director of government relations at ONE. Before joining the team, he served as the director of government relations for the Episcopal Church USA, and an aide to Senators Alan Cranston and Jay Rockefeller.

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The 5 toughest questions on energy poverty

The 5 toughest questions on energy poverty

With the recent introduction of the Energize Africa Act in the Senate, and the passage of the Electrify Africa Act in the House, we’re making big waves in the fight against energy poverty. But what do these bills even do, and why is energy poverty an issue worth caring about? Below are my answers to…...
ONE, now and then

ONE, now and then

Yesterday, ONE members and staff returned to the same spot where Bono launched ONE in Philadelphia, 10 years earlier. I remember May 16, 2004 like it was yesterday. We gathered in Philadelphia with Bono, Michael W. Smith, David Beckman, Dikembe Mutumbo, and a host of others to launch what we hoped would be the next big&helli......
Member of the Month, 10 Year Anniversary Edition: Barb Barrar

Member of the Month, 10 Year Anniversary Edition: Barb Barrar

For ONE's 10-year anniversary, we have a very special member of the month for May: Barb Barrar. Barb has been a member of ONE since the very beginning, since our official launch in Philadelphia in 2004, and has been an active member ever since. Ten years later, she joined us again at the site of our founding, where she reflec...
Energy, environment and the omnibus

Energy, environment and the omnibus

As part of the omnibus appropriations bill for 2014, negotiators agreed to include language that exempts certain poor- and middle- income countries from both the OPIC carbon cap and the new carbon policies at OPIC and the Export-Import Bank that are intended to limit overseas coal investments. ONE cannot support the language ......
Time for big business to step up on corruption

Time for big business to step up on corruption

Editor’s Note: This post first appeared on Fareed Zakaria’s Global Public Square on CNN’s website. The annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York isn’t usually the place where the bosses of big business are made to shift uncomfortably in their seats. But ONE campaign co-founder Bono seemed......
5 Questions about Electrify Africa and the environment

5 Questions about Electrify Africa and the environment

ONE is advocating a dramatic increase in modern energy access in sub-Saharan Africa because African leaders, business owners, hospital workers, teachers and countless ordinary citizens say that reliable electricity is one of their most urgent needs. In sub-Saharan Africa, 7 out of 10 people – that’s 589 million citizens ......
4 surprising things ONE learned about energy poverty

4 surprising things ONE learned about energy poverty

In sub-Saharan Africa, 7 out of 10 people lack access to even the most basic electricity. At ONE, we recognize that modern energy access is crucial to health, education and economic prosperity. Fortunately, there is momentum building in Washington to tackle this issue of “energy poverty” in Africa. President Obama......
Our hopes for President Obama’s trip to Africa

Our hopes for President Obama’s trip to Africa

Photo credit: Associated Press All eyes will be on Africa this week as Obama makes his second — and first multi-day, multi-country – trip to sub-Saharan Africa as president. His focus will be on the growth of economic vitality, the importance of democracy and the progress that has been made in fighting disease and hun......
The Future of Food Aid

The Future of Food Aid

Earlier this week, I attended the Chicago Council’s Symposium on Agriculture and Food Security, and for the second year in a row heard from experts in the fight against hunger. It’s is one of the most important issues we need to address in the fight against extreme poverty – and with the introduction of the Food Aid Ref...
A night to remember: Uniting to End AIDS

A night to remember: Uniting to End AIDS

I know that activists all around the country like myself are so thrilled that the International AIDS Conference is being hosted in Washington, D.C., this week. As I said in my recent op-ed in POLITICO, the United States is an indispensable partner in the fight against AIDS -– and while more must be done, I’m…...
Senator Durbin responds to our Famine petition

Senator Durbin responds to our Famine petition

Big news. As you know, last week we delivered signatures from ONE’s “Fight the Famine, Feed the Future” petition to all Senate offices here in DC. Senator Durbin just responded, reaffirming his commitment to “work for adequate funding for humanitarian assistance programs as the Senate considers the Fis......