Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center

OUR STAFF

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. 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 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

Sofía Owen


Massachusetts and Rhode Island Community Organizer

Sofía Owen

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Community Organizer

Sofía 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 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

Woody Little


Vermont and New Hampshire Community Organizer

Woody Little

Vermont and New Hampshire Community Organizer

Woody is the Vermont and New Hampshire Community Organizer for Toxics Action Center. He works out of the Montpelier office to assist local community groups to clean up hazardous waste sites, and to promote clean water, safe energy, and zero waste. Woody got his start organizing for publicly funded local elections in Berkeley, where he studied Economics and Political Economy at the University of California. Before joining Toxics Action Center, Woody worked on campaigns ranging from healthcare in Ohio to consumer protection in West Virginia. He believes that real democracy means the people have the power, and he is excited to able to build power with communities across Vermont and New Hampshire.

Email: woody@toxicsaction.org

Phone: 603-229-1331

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

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

Kate Longfield


Organizational Intern

Kate Longfield

Organizational Intern

Kate is a junior at the University of Vermont pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Justice, and a minor in Studio Art.  Her interests lie in using policy and environmental organizing to combat systemic racism, as well as art as a form of activism. Before joining the Toxics Action Center team, Kate spent the spring of 2017 studying environmental activism and issues of logging and fracking in Australia, through the School of International Training.

Email: kate@toxicsaction.org

Ethan Brown


Communications Intern

Ethan Brown

Communications Intern

Ethan is Toxics Action Center’s Communications Intern. He is a sophomore at Boston University studying Film & Television and Environmental Analysis & Policy. Ethan’s passions lie in environmental communication, environmental economics, and environmental policy. He is particularly interested in spurring bipartisan discussions on environmental issues to help more people understand and embrace nature. Outside of Toxics Action Center, Ethan is a Staff Editor at Boston University’s earth and environment publication The Emerald Review, Editor in Chief at BU’s satirical news publication The Bunion, and Program Operations Coordinator at BU’s student television network BUTV10.

Email: ethan@toxicsaction.org

Bridget Dorsey


Pesticides Intern

Bridget Dorsey

Pesticides Intern

Bridget is a rising senior at the University of Vermont with an individually designed program of Environmental Health, Justice and Advocacy in the Environmental Program. She minors in Sociology and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies. She has experience intervening in fields of public health, food systems, and education to do equity work. Bridget is passionate about student journalism, activism and community organizing in the digital age, and ceramic arts.

Email: bridget@toxicsaction.org

Izaak Herman


Campaign Researcher Intern

Izaak Herman

Campaign Researcher Intern

Izaak is Toxics Action Center’s Campaign Researcher intern. He is a senior at the University of Vermont pursuing a degree in Geography and a minor in Global Studies. Izaak’s interests lie in using environmental justice and political ecology as a lens that takes into account social inequalities and power when analyzing environmental issues and working towards positive environmental and social change. Before joining the Toxics Action Center team, Izaak studied with the School of International Training in Cameroon where he researched the political and social implications of militarized wildlife conservation in southeastern Cameroon.

Email: izaak@toxicsaction.org

Elisabeth Palacios


Policy Intern

Elisabeth Palacios

Policy Intern

Elisabeth is Toxic Action Center’s Policy Intern. She is a junior at Boston University studying Psychological & Brain Sciences, Public Health, and Dance Performance. Elisabeth’s interests lie in the interconnectivity of environmental policy and public health. She is particularly passionate about viewing social justice and environmental issues through a public health lens. Outside of Toxics Actions Center, Elisabeth is a Rock Climbing Instructor at BU’s FitRec, Vice President of BU’s Inter-National Alternative Dispute Resolution competitive team, and advocate for BU’s Planned Parenthood affiliate, Students For Reproductive Justice.

Email: elisabeth@toxicsaction.org