Board of Directors
Pesticide Action Network North America’s Board of Directors include:
Trillium Asset Management Corporation
Susan is Vice President at Trillium Asset Management, the oldest independent investment advisor devoted exclusively to sustainable and responsible investing with offices in Boston, MA and Larkspur,
CA. Susan is a member of Trillium’s Shareholder Advocacy and Corporate Engagement group specializing in the intersection of environmental, social, and governance performance and shareholder value creation. Her advocacy includes direct communication with company leadership, shareholder proposals, and public policy advocacy on issues such as environmental health and justice, sustainable sourcing, and board and workplace diversity. Susan began her career at Harvard Management Company and joined Trillium in 1986, where she has held positions as a portfolio manager, equity research analyst, and shareholder advocate. Susan serves on the board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility as well as PAN. She has passed Level I of the CFA exam, earned a B.A. from Middlebury College and Ed.M. from Harvard.
MOMS Project Director, Center for Enviromental Health
Mary is a mother and writer based in Alameda, California. Motivated by the issue of toxic chemicals in human breast milk, Mary and three of her friends founded Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS) in 2005, with the goal of identifying and eliminating sources of toxic chemicals that make their way into our bodies and breast milk. Mary brings a connection to a wide network of moms interested in environmental health issues, as well as expertise in online organizing, social media, and strategic communications. She has written about toxic chemicals for The Huffington Post and Mothering magazine and contributed to The Smart Mama’s Green Guide. Mary and her work with MOMS has been featured in Not Just A Pretty Face by Stacy Malkan, and The Virtuous Consumer by Leslie Garrett. In 2009, she received the Suzy Cain Leadership award from The Breast Cancer Fund for her work to ban toxic chemicals that contribute to breast cancer. Prior to joining MOMS, Mary worked as a technical writer for the software industry, where she received several awards for her work. She received a B.A. in technical and professional writing from San Francisco State University. Mary lives in Alameda, California with her husband and two children.
University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
Polly has East Coast roots, growing up in Massachusetts, going to college in New Jersey, attending graduate school in Maryland (Ph.D. in health policy and management and environmental health sciences), and living and working both in Washington D.C. and Boston. She has also spent substantial time in Latin America, in particular Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ecuador. Polly has worked in public policy as an environmental advocate for Clean Water Action and World Wildlife Fund, then serving as senior staff to the Science Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton Administration, and subsequently playing a leadership role in children’s environmental health policy on behalf of HHS and EPA in New England. She has designed and implemented programs for NGOs and government aimed at reducing the use of chemicals that pose risks to human health. Her favorite work combines influencing public policy with designing and implementing programs, and she gets to do both in her current role as Research Professor and Program Director at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. There, Polly has combined policy research and analysis with leadership of initiatives that seek fundamental reform in public and private sector approaches to mitigating environmental health problems, with a particular focus on asthma. Polly has held leadership positions with the Environment Section of the American Public Health Association and the Massachusetts Public Health Association. She was a founding board member of Protected Harvest, a long-time board member of Clean Water Fund, and now serves on the board of the Center for Whole Communities.
Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment
Guadalupe Martinez is a farmworker-turned-organizer and Assistant Executive Director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE) in Delano, California. Lupe started his career in the fields of the San Joaquin Valley. He was recruited to the United Farm Workers union by Cesar Chavez, and served as a key organizer through the grape boycott in the 1980s, including four years in Canada, eventually becoming the National Organizing Director for the UFW. In the early 1990's, Lupe became especially involved in pesticides issues and joined CRPE to do environmental justice work, remaining on the UFW Executive Board until 2006. He represents CRPE on the Steering Committee of Californians for Pesticide Reform, where he has served as well on the executive committee.
Iowa farmer and organizer
Denise is a farmer and community organizer from Atlantic, Iowa. She and her husband Larry Harris, a fourth generation farmer, have farmed for 36 years on land Larry grew up on—sixteen acres of fruit, vegetables, turkeys and chickens. As a farmer Denise has worked on state, national and international agriculture and conservation policy. She has written and spoken across the U.S. on women in agriculture, organic and sustainable farming and local food systems, and in 2006 ran for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. Denise is the founder of Women Food and Agriculture Network, organized the Women's Task Force of the Iowa Farm Unity Coalition, directed the Rural Women's Leadership Development Project of PrairieFire Rural Action, Inc., and served as president of the National Family Farm Coalition. She was inducted into Iowa's Women's Hall of Fame in 2000, received the 2004 Iowa Farmer's Union Life Time Achievement Award as well as the 2005 Practical Farmers of Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award. O’Brien recently completed a year as a USDA agriculture adviser in Afghanistan
Toxic Free North Carolina
Ana is the Communications Coordinator for Toxic Free North Carolina, a statewide non-profit organization fighting pesticide pollution. At Toxic Free NC, she serves as the resident Spanish speaker, media flack, in-house editor and farm worker organizer. Ana spent most of her early life in rural North Carolina, with a brief stint in Montana. She graduated from NC State University in 2005 with a B.S. in Botany. Before joining Toxic Free NC’s staff, Ana worked for the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in the Ohio and North Carolina offices. In her down time, Ana chairs the Raleigh Citizens’ Advisory Council, and works as a community organizer on issues of environmental sustainability and immigrants’ rights.
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Lucia is Co-Director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, coordinating all aspects of the chapter’s environmental health programs focused on clinical education and advocacy, pediatric and reproductive environmental health, a healthy foods in hospitals campaign, and climate change. Prior to SF PSR, Lucia worked for 15 years in community and program development and organizing in the U.S., Mexico and South America. Her experience includes fieldwork and curriculum development for the Peace Corps; rural economic development with Mayo communities in Sonora, Mexico; educational outreach for the Field Museum in Chicago; and food security projects on the Mexico/U.S. border with Tucson Audubon Society and the University of Arizona.
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
As the Advocacy Associate at the CCAO, Chloe advocates for policies that prevent the proliferation of GMOs and guarantee food security for vulnerable communities around the world. Chloe worked for six years as the Program Manager of the National Council of Churches’ Environmental Health Initiative and coordinated a multi-state campaign to educate people of faith and engage them in advocacy to protect people and the environment from toxic chemicals. Chloe also worked with NGOs committed environmental justice and human rights in Latin America. Chloe also taught bilingual environmental education for two years as an Americorps volunteer. In her free time, she serves on the board of the U.S. Office on Colombia and co-chairs the Colombia Human Rights Committee. She also performs with a theater group in Washington, D.C. Chloe received her MA in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas and bachelors degrees in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies at Mills College in California.
Jen is Program Director at the Compton Foundation, which funds leadership and storytelling on environment, peace, reproductive rights, and money in politics. She originally joined the foundation to guide its environmental grantmaking in the fields of fresh water, climate change, sustainable food systems, and community-based conservation. Jen has been working on sustainability issues for almost two decades, with a focus on natural resource-based economies and collaborative decision-making. Prior to joining Compton, Jen worked on a variety of community-led projects in California, Montana, and the Pacific Northwest. She conducted post-doctoral research on sustainable food and agriculture in northern California, and completed her PhD at UC Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. She received her BA from Stanford University in Human Biology and English in 1994. She chairs the board of the Switzer Foundation and also serves on the advisory committee for the Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund and as a program advisor to Carpe Diem West.
Communications & Organizational Strategist
Janelle is a seasoned environmental health advocate with extensive experience in communications, public relations, program management, e-advocacy, and strategic development. She was formerly the Chief Communications Officer for Healthy Child Healthy World and prior to that she was a freelance consultant to groups across the country ranging from nonprofit organizations and community groups to school districts and government offices. Janelle lives in the mountains of Arizona with her husband, two daughters, dog, and two chickens and she loves cooking, hiking, crafting, reading, and slowly picking away at her final thesis for earning her Master's Degree in Leadership and Social Change.
G.O. Williams & Associates
Guy is principal and founder of G.O. Williams & Associates and is well known nationally for his work as a developer of community programming, leader in urban redevelopment and remediation projects, and as an advocate for environmental justice and sustainability. Recent clients include Michigan State University, Kresge Foundation, Gleaners Community Food Bank and Hantz Farms Detroit. Guy’s twenty years of leadership in business, government, nonprofits and community interests includes past roles as president of S.E. Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and Legacy Land Conservancy, program manager of Fair Food Foundation, and trustee of Great Lakes Fishery Trust. He is currently a member of the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable, the External Advisory Committee of the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems, and the board of Rails To Trails Conservancy. Guy is a graduate of Bucknell University.
Executive Director, Children's Environmental Health Network
Nsedu is Executive Director of the Children's Environmental Health Network in Washington, DC., an organization that works to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment. Nse is trained in public health and medical sciences, and brings a broad background in teaching, publishing, presenting and policy advocacy, including testifying before Congress. She has worked with the National Institutes of Health-DC Initiative to Reduce Infant Mortality at the George Washington University School of Public Health; the Transplant Recipients International Organization; and with the Washington Free Clinic. She is an active member of the American Public Health Association. Nse has a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University.