Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center

OUR STAFF

Angel Vallejos


Maine State Director

Angel Vallejos

Maine State Director

Angel is Toxics Action Center’s Maine State Director.

Email: maine@toxicsaction.org

Phone: 207-871-1810

Sylvia Broude


Executive Director

Sylvia Broude

Executive Director

Sylvia Broude is the Executive Director for Toxics Action Center. She oversees Toxics Action Center’s six New England offices and supervises a team of staff that organizes with nearly 100 communities each year. Sylvia joined Toxics Action Center more than 10 years ago after working with Sierra Club, MoveOn PAC, and the Fund for the Public Interest. She has directed Toxics Action Center’s work in recent years to prevent a wave of new incinerator proposals across the region and win progress towards zero waste as well as to transition New England away from coal-fired power plants and to clear the way for clean energy. Sylvia serves on Advisory Boards to the Administrative Council for the Toxics Use Reduction Act and The New England Consortium, and she is a senior fellow for the Environmental Leadership Program. She studied political science and anthropology at Yale.

Email: sylvia@toxicsaction.org

Phone: (617) 747-4407

Megan Stokes


Development Director

Megan Stokes

Development Director

Megan is the Development Director for Toxics Action Center. She works to diversify Toxics Action Center’s resource base, coordinating the organization’s fundraising efforts from foundations, major donors, and individual members. Megan got her start working on environmental issues with MASSPIRG, organizing students on college campuses around local water quality, campus recycling and state global warming legislation. Before her current work with Toxics Action Center, she oversaw membership outreach and fundraising offices across the country for environmental organizations.

Email: megan@ toxicsaction.org

Phone: (617) 747-4363

Lena Entin


Deputy Director

Lena Entin

Deputy Director

Lena Entin is Toxics Action Center’s Deputy Director, bringing a rich history of organizing in Environmental Justice communities with Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N). She led N2N’s first environmental campaign to shut down the Mt. Tom coal plant in Holyoke, with assistance from Toxics Action Center. Under Lena’s leadership over 16 years, N2N doubled in size as she founded chapters in Fitchburg, Holyoke, and Springfield, and she also led the organization’s fundraising work for two years. Lena’s organizing career began in El Salvador, where she worked with U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities.

Email: lena@toxicsaction.org

Phone: 413-253-4458

Shaina Kasper


Vermont State Director

Shaina Kasper

Vermont State Director

Shaina Kasper is Toxics Action Center’s Vermont State Director and also works as a community organizer in New Hampshire. She grew up in Vermont, and is a graduate of the United World College in New Mexico, the International Honors Program, and holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Macalester College in Minnesota where she focused on water and sanitation. Her organizing experience includes college zero-waste, fossil fuel divestment and housing justice work, and the JOIN for Justice fellowship. Before coming to join Toxics Action Center, Shaina worked as a field organizer for Progressive Massachusetts working on economic justice and good governance issues, and as the Regional Field Director for Metro Boston West on the Raise Up Massachusetts Campaign to raise the minimum wage and provide earned sick time for all workers. At Toxics Action Center, Shaina works out of the Montpelier office to assist local community groups to clean up hazardous waste sites, and promote clean water, safe energy, and zero waste.

Email: shaina@toxicsaction.org

Phone: 802-223-4099

Claire Miller


Lead Community Organizer

Claire Miller

Lead Community Organizer

Claire Miller is the Lead Community Organizer for Toxics Action Center. She is working on the ground with communities focused on cleaning up hazardous waste sites, shutting down dirty and dangerous waste facilities and power plants, reducing pesticide use, and promoting clean water, safe energy and zero waste. Prior to joining Toxics Action Center staff five years ago, Claire worked with Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing. There, she directed grassroots field campaigns on behalf of the Sierra Club, Missourians for Cleaner Cheaper Energy, Environment Texas, Corporate Accountability International, 1Sky and Food & Water Watch. Claire was a campus activist at Oberlin College, where she majored in Environmental Studies with a minor in Politics.

Email: claire@toxicsaction.org

Phone: (617) 747-4408

Andrea Taillon


Donor Relations Associate

Andrea Taillon

Donor Relations Associate

Andrea is Toxics Action Center’s Donor Relations Associate. She works to assist the Development Director in diversifying Toxics Action Center’s resource base and helps to coordinate fundraising efforts with major donors and individual members. Andrea hails from Rhode Island and received her BA from Rhode Island College in Communication with a minor in Political Science. She began working on environmental issues with Clean Water Action on their canvassing team and after graduating moved to Boston so that she could continue community work on environmental and public health campaigns. Before her start with Toxics Action Center she was an assistant campaign director for MASSPIRG and Environment Massachusetts where she oversaw a team of membership outreach staff. She has a passion for working with people and is committed to Toxics Action Center’s mission to work with community leaders to affect change on the local level.

Email: andrea@toxicsaction.org

Phone: (617) 747-4351

Mary Jones


Western Massachusetts and Connecticut Community Organzier

Mary Jones

Western Massachusetts and Connecticut Community Organzier

Mary is Toxics Action Center’s Western Massachusetts and Connecticut Community Organizer. She is passionate about social justice and community-driven change. Prior to joining the team at TAC, Mary worked as an environmental educator and non-profit development officer in Richmond, Indiana. While in Richmond, she helped spearhead and managed several community initiatives focused on food access and food justice. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Earlham College and and MS in Environmental Justice from the University of Michigan.

Email: mary@toxicsaction.org

Phone: 413-253-4458

Sofía Owen


Massachusetts and Rhode Island Community Organizer

Sofía Owen

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Community Organizer

Sofía is Toxics Action Center’s Massachusetts and Rhode Island organizer. She works to ensure that the needs and experiences of individuals in communities of color, environmental justice communities, and low income communities are reflected and represented in Toxics Action Center’s organizing and policy campaigns. She is committed to educating the public about environmental racism, settler colonialism, and other systemic barriers that disproportionately affect communities that are on the front lines of pollution. Prior to joining Toxics Action Center, Sofia worked as a Trial Attorney in for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Lawrence, MA. She has a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.

Email: sofia@toxicsaction.org

Phone: (617) 747-4358

Kelsey Whiting-Jones


Community Organizer

Kelsey Whiting-Jones

Community Organizer

Kelsey is the Community Organizer for Western Massachusetts and Connecticut at Toxics Action Center. A native of Western Massachusetts, Kelsey holds both a MA in Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a BA in History, Classics, and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has lived and worked in Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa, working on issues surrounding socioeconomic development, human rights, and justice in all its forms. Prior to joining Toxics Action Center, Kelsey was a USAID Research and Innovation Fellow and, before that, a Fulbright Scholar.

Email: kelsey@toxicsaction.org

Melissa Bonaccorso


Organizational Intern

Melissa Bonaccorso

Organizational Intern

Melissa is the Organizational Intern for Toxics Action Center for the Fall of 2017. She studies Natural Resource Conservation at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Melissa grew up in New Jersey and has always been passionate about environmentalism. During her freshman year at UMass, Melissa developed an interest in activism thanks to the UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign on campus. Since then, her interest in grassroots organizing has grown, and she hopes that her career will lead her to improve, to the best of her ability, the way humans interact with the environment. With Toxics Action Center, she is responsible for managing social media pages, recruiting activists to events, assisting with campaign research, and general organizational tasks.

Email: melissa@toxicsaction.org