Beth Toner

Senior Communications Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Beth Toner, MJ, RN, Senior Communications Officer, has more than 24 years of experience in marketing and corporate communications. She is also a registered nurse with clinical experience in long-term care and community health settings. In her current role, Beth provides communications support ...
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Charlie Bartsch

Senior Advisor to EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus Charlie Bartsch is Senior Advisor for Economic Development to EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus, charged with promoting inter-agency and public-private financing partnerships to spur land revitalization and site reuse. Among his duties, he serves as the point person in developing EPA’s manufacturing ...
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Deborah Bae

Deborah is a senior program officer and is interested in discovering and exploring innovative ideas, novel approaches, and new ways of thinking to tackle long-standing health problems. Deborah’s projects include developing a business case for investing in health, investing in for-profit start-ups that are trying to improve health, and conducting ...
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Dr. Cecilia Martinez

Director of Research Programs, Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy Dr. Cecilia Martinez is the co-founder and Director of Research Programs at the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED). Dr. Martinez previously held positions as Associate Research Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University ...
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Hannah Kett

Hannah Kett is currently the Development and Communications Manager at the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group. Hannah has worked in neighborhood- based environmental non-profits for the past six years, slowly developing her grant writing and management skills. Hannah is responsible for event coordination, overall communications, and fund-development for the ...
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Harold Mitchell Jr.

Executive Director, ReGenesis Community Development Corporation, South Carolina State Representative, District 31 Representative Harold Mitchell, Jr. is a respected leader with a long record of achievements in affordable housing, environmental justice, community revitalization, and public policy. His work in environmental justice organizing began in 1997 when he started a grassroots ...
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Jacqueline Patterson

Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice ProgramJacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, ...
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Luncheon Speakers – Working with Foundations

Stuart Clarke, President Town Creek FoundationBeth Toner, VP for Communications, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Melissa Green, Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Theresa Lewalen, Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Moderator: Vernice Miller-Travis ...
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Marva E. King

Marva E. King, PhD, Senior Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Environmental JusticeDr. King is the Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ), and, to the Assistant Associate Administrator and Senior Advisor for EJ and Community Revitalization to the EPA Administrator ...
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Melissa Green

Deputy Director for Communication and Recruitment, Robert Wood Johnson FoundationMelissa Green, MPH is the Deputy Director for Communication and Recruitment for the Clinical Scholars Program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Melissa’s experience includes 15 years managing research intervention studies in community settings using principles of community based participatory ...
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Mr. Calvin E. Booker Sr.

Mr. Calvin E. Booker Sr. is the Corporate Vice President of Public Affairs for Waste Management Inc.  He joined Waste Management in July 1991 in Dallas, Texas, and has become an invaluable asset to the company utilizing his knowledge and relationships with local, state and federal legislators.   He is ...
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Mustafa Ali

Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Advisor to the EPA Administrator for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization Mustafa Santiago Ali has been a National Speaker, Trainer and Facilitator on Social Justice Issues for over 20 years with a specific focus on the issue of Environmental Justice, Sustainability and Community Revitalization. During that ...
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Nakisa Glover

National Climate Justice Organizer, Hip Hop CaucusNakisa Glover resides in North Carolina. She has built a track record as a community organizer. Her leadership skills have been acquired through years of corporate, community and service-based work. Nakisa has a passion for advocacy, activism and contributing positively to her community. She ...
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Rae Tamblyn

Rae Tamblyn is NASCSP’s Research and Communications Analyst. She has a background in Sociology/Anthropology and American Racial and Multicultural Studies. She has a steadfast belief in the need for efficient communication and data usage between organizations working on different aspects of poverty reduction in the US. Her training specialties include ...
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Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.

President and CEO, Hip Hop CaucusRev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, is a minister, community activist and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life. A national leader within the green movement, Rev Yearwood has been successfully bridging the gap between ...
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Robert Garcia

Founding Director and Counsel, The City ProjectRobert García is an attorney who engages, educates, and empowers communities through innovative planning, healthy green land use, equitable development, and compliance with civil rights and environmental justice policies and laws. He is the Founding Director and Counsel of The City Project, a non-profit ...
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Terence “TC” Muhammad

Advocacy Manager for Hip Hop CaucusTerence “TC” Muhammad has been a community activist and organizer for over two decades. His experience spans voter mobilization campaigns, issue advocacy, and coalition building in African American communities, faith communities, on college campuses, and among civil rights and progressive organizations.His primary role as Advocacy ...
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Theresa Lewallen

Senior Program Director, Deputy Director, Culture of Health Leaders Program, Robert Wood Johnson FoundationTheresa Lewallen, MA, CHES, prior to coming to the RWJF, held a variety of leadership positions at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ACSD), where she played an instrumental role in the development of ASCD’s whole ...
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Tricia Glass

Ms. Glass has over a decade of experience in grants management. She started as a grant writer/reviewer while completing her masters program, became a grants manager for the State of Maryland, she started her Federal career at HRSA as a grants manager for the entire State of Alaska, and currently ...
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Vernice Miller-Travis

Vernice serves as the Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Equitable Development at the Environmental Consulting Firm Skeo. At Skeo Vernice's work focuses on environmental conflict resolution, facilitation, and community-based planning for the transformation and revitalization of contaminated sites, vacant and underutilized land, and distressed communities. She is also the ...
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