National Senior Vice President, Advocacy
Paul Billings is the Senior Vice President Advocacy for the American Lung Association. In this capacity, he oversees the Lung Association's asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, healthy air and tobacco control advocacy program. During his tenure at the Lung Association, he has led federal advocacy campaigns that resulted in stricter regulations on tobacco products, growth in research funding, improved patient access to preventive services and cleanup of air pollution from motor vehicles and power plants. Paul Billings has worked for the American Lung Association for more than 25 years.
Previously, he directed grassroots activities for the National Clean Air Coalition and he was an associate with the FMR Group in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Bates College, he also attended Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Paul and his wife Teresa, a public school teacher, reside in Silver Spring, Maryland.
- Read more about Paul
Q&A with Senior Staff
Where do you live?
Silver Spring, Maryland
Tell us a little about the work you do.
I advocate for lung health. Every day I work with a dedicated team of professionals and volunteers to push policy change to improve health and to help educate individuals prevent or manage their disease.
How did you become interested in lungs?
Probably it was my first breath.
What are your interests outside of work?
I am happiest when I am hiking up a mountain on the coast of Maine.
What has been your greatest achievement?
I am proud of all the work we have done to improve the air my kids and everyone’s children breathe - both indoors and outside. There is more work to do and I won’t stop until everyone’s next breath is clean, healthy air.
Why do you need your lungs to be healthy?
So I can speak the truth to the powerful and raise my voice for all those who are counting on the American Lung Association.