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: 413-253-4458

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

Sofía Owen


Massachusetts and Rhode Island Community Organizer

Sofía Owen

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Community Organizer

Sofía Owen is Toxics Action Center’s Attorney and the Community Organizer for Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She provides organizing assistance and works to build power to address environmental racism, settler colonialism, and other systemic barriers that disproportionately affect communities on the front lines of pollution. Prior to joining Toxics Action Center, Sofía worked as a Trial Attorney 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

Mary Jones


Western Massachusetts and Connecticut Community Organzier

Mary Jones

Western Massachusetts and Connecticut Community Organzier

Mary Jones 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

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

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

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

Diana Maher


Organizational Intern

Diana Maher

Organizational Intern

Diana is an Organizational Intern for Toxics Action Center. She is concerned about the lack of political action on climate change in this country and wants to work to improve environmental policies. Before Toxics Action Center, Diana was an educator at an environmental education center near Philadelphia, PA. There, she worked with kids to build their growing interest in nature and taught them about natural processes. She is a senior at Boston University, graduating in May of 2019, and studies Environmental Analysis and Policy.

Email: diana@toxicsaction.org