Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center

OUR STAFF

Sylvia Broude


Executive Director

Sylvia Broude

Executive Director

Sylvia Broude is Executive Director of Toxics Action Center, the New England-wide non-profit based in Boston that organizes with communities on the frontlines of local environmental and health threats. She oversees Toxics Action Center’s six offices in the Northeast and supervises a team of eleven staff that assists more than 100 communities each year. Over the past decade, she has played a critical role in grassroots, community-led efforts to transition away from coal-fired power plants in New England, expand clean energy, and build support for zero waste policies across the region. Sylvia serves on the Board of All In Energy and the Advisory Boards to the Clean Water Network, the Administrative Council for the Mass. Toxics Use Reduction Act, and the New England Consortium. She’s on the City of Boston’s Zero Waste Advisory Committee, a co-founder of the Zero Waste Boston coalition, and is a senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program. She was the 2018 recipient of The John Merck Fund’s Sparkplug Award, the Frank Hatch Award for Enlightened Public Service. She lives in Dorchester, Mass. and joined the Toxics Action Center team in 2006.

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. Megan holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior from Rutgers University.

Email: megan@ toxicsaction.org

Phone: (617) 747-4363

Claire Müller


Lead Community Organizer

Claire Müller

Lead Community Organizer

Claire Müller is a queer, white, 15th generation Bay Stater. They are the Lead Community Organizer and Climate Justice Director at Toxics Action Center. In that role, Claire provides organizing support, facilitation and training to more than thirty grassroots groups teaching community leaders to plan winning campaigns, hone their message and materials, build their group, fundraise, garner media attention and more. Claire is a founder and co-coordinator of the statewide coalition of more than 150 groups Mass Power Forward working to further climate justice policy and foster local clean energy campaigns. Prior to Toxics Action Center, they worked with Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing. There, Claire 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 graduated from Oberlin College, majoring in Environmental Studies and Politics. In their free time, Claire gardens, reads, and other introverted activities. Claire lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts with their partner and dog.

Email: claire@toxicsaction.org

Phone: 781-775-1429

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: 413-210-4217

Shaina Kasper


Vermont State Director

Shaina Kasper

Vermont State Director

Shaina Kasper is the Vermont and New Hampshire State Director of Toxics Action Center, a New England-wide non-profit based in Boston that organizes with communities on the frontlines of local environmental and health threats. At Toxics Action Center, she helps local community groups to clean up hazardous waste sites and promote clean water, safe energy, and zero waste. Shaina’s work with community groups has helped stop two pipelines, stop landfill expansions and incinerator proposals, and more. She also facilitates the National PFAS Contamination Coalition. Shaina’s organizing experience includes fossil fuel divestment, housing and economic justice, good governance, anti-water privatization, and the JOIN for Justice Jewish organizing fellowship. Shaina lives in Montpelier, Vermont where she enjoys her radical ladies book group and running and skiing in the green mountains.

Email: shaina@toxicsaction.org

Phone: 802-223-4099

Mea Johnson


Coastal Lead Organizer and Just Transition Director

Mea Johnson

Coastal Lead Organizer and Just Transition Director

Mea Johnson, Coastal Lead Organizer and Just Transition Director, leads organizing on the ground in Eastern Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, and brings her expertise in solidarity economy work. Before joining Toxics Action Center, she led sustainable development work in Roxbury, organized restaurant workers across the country to fight for fair wages, worked to increase civic engagement in Dorchester, and directed a children’s art program in Boston. Mea studied interdisciplinary art therapy at Lesley University, and she serves as Vice-President of the Native American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB).

Email: mea@toxicsaction.org

Phone: 617-747-4358

Dana Colihan


Maine Community Organizer

Dana Colihan

Maine Community Organizer

Dana is Toxic Action Center’s Maine Community Organizer. Before joining the Toxics Action team, Dana worked as an environmental educator and a program manager on Hurricane Island in Maine. During her time there, she created interdisciplinary environmental and climate justice curriculum for middle and high school students. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies with a focus in Environmental Justice from Oberlin College, where she was involved in Palestinian solidarity organizing and supporting Lakota activists in fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock. 

Email: dana@toxicsaction.org

Phone: 207-871-1810

Hayley Jones


Vermont and New Hampshire Community Organizer

Hayley Jones

Vermont and New Hampshire Community Organizer

Hayley is the Vermont and New Hampshire Community Organizer. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she moved to Vermont in order to study Spanish and environmental justice at Middlebury College. Hayley has spent the past few years learning about state-wide environmental policy, delving into the ethics of legal interpretation, and allying with farmworker activists at Migrant Justice. Her experiences in the Vermont organizing community have only reaffirmed her belief in the power of community-led social change, motivating her to put down roots in this state she now calls home. When she’s not frantically educating herself about environmental policy, you can find Hayley writing poetry, frolicking in bodies of water, and roasting up root vegetables in her Burlington kitchen.

Email: hayley@toxicsaction.org

Phone: (802) 223-4099

Ashley Higgs Hammell


Operations Coordinator

Ashley Higgs Hammell

Operations Coordinator

Ashley is Toxics Action Center’s Operations Coordinator. She is passionate about social, food, and environmental justice and believes community organizing is how we achieve clean and healthy communities for all. Prior to joining Toxics Action Center, Ashley worked for several years at Small Planet Institute as a researcher and most recently as the Managing Director. She holds an MLA in gastronomy from Boston University where she concentrated on food policy, as well as a BS in biology from the University of Oklahoma.

Email: ashley@toxicsaction.org

Phone: (617) 747-4380

Ruthy Rickenbacker


Communications and Digital Coordinator

Ruthy Rickenbacker

Communications and Digital Coordinator

Ruthy is Toxics Action Center’s Communications and Digital Coordinator. She cares about effects of pollution, capitalism and racism on people and the planet and believes that community organizing is the way to the solutions we need. Before joining staff at Toxics Action Center, Ruthy’s work kept her learning from leaders in environmental justice and researchers in environmental health in Massachusetts, her home state. She studied communications and philosophy at Simmons College.

Email: ruthy@toxicsaction.org

Phone: 617-747-4362