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Toxics Action Center Board
Ann Bettinger became familiar with Toxics Action Center's work through her participation in Alton Community Action, located in the village of Alton, Rhode Island. Alton Community Action was formed to clean up Charbert, a polluting textile mill with football-field sized, open air, unlined lagoons filled with chemicals from a fabric-dyeing operation that polluted groundwater, including nearby drinking water wells, and created noxious odors that permeated through the community.
Paul Burns is the Executive Director of Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), Vermont’s largest environmental and consumer organization. For the past decade, Paul has led campaigns throughout the Northeast on solid waste issues, pesticides and river protection.
Jackie Elliott first worked with Toxics Action Center as the leader of Citizens Leading for Environmental Action & Responsibility (CLEAR), a community group formed to shut down the polluting Wheelabrator trash incinerator in Claremont, New Hampshire. Jackie is also active with the Endometriosis Association as a charter member of their Environmental Advocates initiative.
Johanna Neumann is the New England Regional Director for Environment America and works with staff in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island to protect New England’s air, water and open space. Prior to joining Environment America in 2011, Neumann served as the Director for the consumer advocacy group Maryland PIRG and as a community organizer with Toxics Action Center.
Harris Parnell landed in Maine following college to work with Toxics Action Center. After moving around Massachusetts, Manhattan, and Michigan organizing and fundraising on public interest issues, she made her way back to Maine to rejoin the staff of Toxics Action as the Maine State Director for two years. She went on to work with the Maine League of Young Voters, Maine Initiatives, and now works with a Maine philanthropist.
Naomi Roth (Clerk) is the Executive Director of Activist Training Center. Formerly, she was Executive Director of Green Corps, where she trained dozens of talented organizers since 1999. She coordinated Green Corps campaign work with the Sierra Club, the Alaska Coalition, U.S. PIRG, Corporate Accountability International and many more groups, leading to concrete environmental victories, such as protecting the Arctic and clean air laws.
Robert Sargent (President) is the Energy Program Director for Environment America. He provides assistance to state Environment organizations across the country to develop and implement progressive state policies on energy and global warming. He was founder and first Director of Toxics Action Center in 1987.
Linda Segal (Vice President) is the former chair of NED/Dow Neighbors, which worked for seven years with Toxics Action Center to clean up property contaminated by Dow Chemical in Wayland, Massachusetts. She also served a term as Selectwoman for the Town of Wayland.
Matt Wilson (Treasurer) is the Executive Director of MASSCreative, a Massachusetts non-profit that empowers creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice that brings the attention and resources necessary to build vibrant, creative communities. He is the former Deputy Director for Corporate Accountability International and the former Field Director for Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. Before that, Matt directed Toxics Action Center for 16 years, expanding the organization’s reach across New England. He holds a degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Toxics Action Center currently has four Advisory Boards for different regions. Our staff relies on the Advisory Boards for state-specific direction in steering our program, staffing and fundraising. Advisory Boards are comprised primarily of community activists, and also include environment professionals and coalition partners.
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