Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center

OUR STAFF

Andy Jones


Community Organizer, Maine

Andy Jones

Community Organizer, Maine

Andy Jones is the Toxics Action Center community organizer for Maine. He is working out of the Portland office to help communities clean up and prevent pollution. Andy was born and raised in Maine and has a BA in Sociology from Hunter College and an MBA from Baruch College. He worked with Protect South Portland to protect local air quality from the effects of tar sands loading on tanker ships and is the chair of the Recycling and Energy Advisory Committee of the town of Falmouth, Maine.

Email: andy@toxicsaction.org

Phone: 207-871-1810

Ben Weilerstein


Community Organizer, Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Ben Weilerstein

Community Organizer, Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Ben Weilerstein is Toxics Action Center’s Massachusetts and Rhode Island organizer. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, the Greater Boston area became home for Ben when he studied at Tufts University. There, he spent some of his time completing a BS in Chemistry and most of his time organizing around fossil fuel divestment and other climate justice issues. His organizing experience also includes completion of a Climate Summer internship, during which he helped organize communities in Western Massachusetts to stop a fracked gas pipeline. Ben is currently a JOIN for Justice Fellow. Ben is based in the Boston and Providence offices, where he helps communities organize to protect their health and the environment.

Email: ben@toxicsaction.org

Phone: (617) 747-4358

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

Eisha Misra


Communications and Digital Coordinator

Eisha Misra

Communications and Digital Coordinator

Eisha Misra is the Communications and Digital Coordinator at Toxics Action Center. She is working to empower communities both online & offline to protect their health and environment while joining together to win against powerful special interests. Originally from New Jersey, Eisha attended the Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University where she completed a thesis in online political discourse and earned a degree in Public Relations & Advertising. During her senior year, she did media relations for the Penn State Dance Marathon – a non-profit benefiting pediatric cancer research and treatment costs. Shortly after graduating, she joined Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign where she served as Digital Content Lead for Pennsylvania.

Email: eisha@toxicsaction.org

Jonah Miller


Summer Intern

Jonah Miller

Summer Intern

Jonah Miller is this summer’s Organizational Intern at Toxics Action Center. He is a rising senior studying Natural Resources Conservation at University of Massachusetts Amherst, an actor and writer for a social justice education theater troupe, an engagement intern with UMass Hillel, and a self-employed self-driven graphic artist. He hopes to use his education, his work with Toxics Action Center, and the awareness he has gained through these other experiences to help communities better understand the environmental injustices they and others are facing and to fight back against the systems which allow them.

Email: jonah@toxicsaction.org

Phone: (781)-690-6622

Kelsey Whiting-Jones


Western Mass and Connecticut Community Organizer

Kelsey Whiting-Jones

Western Mass and Connecticut Community Organizer

Kelsey Whiting-Jones 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

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

Megan Stokes


Development Director

Megan Stokes

Development Director

Megan Stokes 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

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

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