As one of the founders of NCEL, Leon Billings volunteers as a consultant on NCEL’s day-to-day activities. Leon served as a Delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates from January 1991 to January 2003 serving the Chevy Chase-Kensington-Wheaton area.
Leon is a founding member of the Montgomery County Green Democrats, and a member of the Montgomery County Democratic Forum. From 1966 to 1978, Leon served as staff director of the U.S. Senate’s Environmental Pollution Subcommittee, with primary responsibility for the major federal environmental laws now on the books, including the clean Air Act, the clean Water Act, the Noise Control Act, and the Energy Supply and Environmental Coordination Act of 1974.
He served with Senator Edmund S. Muskie, from 1978 to 1981, first as his administrative assistant and chief policy advisor, then, when Senator Muskie was appointed Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter, as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of State. From April 1982 to March 1983, Leon served as executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the political arm of the Democratic members of the United States congress.
Leon also served as an adjunct Professor of the University of Southern California from 1981 to 1994, directing the Politics in Washington Program of USC’s Unruh Institute of Politics.
Currently, Leon is President of Leon G. Billings, LLC., a government relations consulting firm which designs public policy strategies on issues pending before the congress, and advises clients on political matters and a broad range of environmental, energy, health, and safety legislation.
He is President of the Edmund S. Muskie Foundation. He also serves on the board of Visitors of the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service in Portland, Maine. Leon serves as President of the Clean Air Trust, a grass roots advocacy organization that Senator Muskie co-chaired.