Mike Gabriel, Co-chair
Mike Gabriel is Finance Director of the Justice Collaborative. Mike brings extensive international experience in financial and operational management for nonprofits and social enterprises including financing zero waste and circular economy businesses.
Ana Isabel Baptista, PhD, Co-chair
Ana is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management graduate program at the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment. She also serves as the Associate Director of the Tishman Environment & Design Center (TEDC) at The New School. Prior to this, Ana was the Director of Environmental Justice and Planning Programs for the community-based non-profit organization, Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) in Newark, NJ for over seven years. At ICC she oversaw a wide range of environmental justice, community development, planning, and research projects in her native Ironbound community in Newark. While growing up and then later working in Newark, Ana was involved with various efforts related to the Covanta Incinerator including a Clean Air Act lawsuit and halting several renewal and expansion proposals. Ana has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University where she completed her dissertation on state-level environmental justice policy making across the US. Ana is a member of the Coalition for Healthy Ports and the Moving Forward Network, a board member for the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance and the Ironbound Community Corporation where she once worked.
Sue Chiang, Secretary
Sue Chiang engages public and private purchasers from across sectors in harnessing their collective buying power to eliminate the use of harmful chemicals and expand the market for environmentally preferable products. Her current focus is on hormone disrupting chemicals in consumer products – particularly in food and food packaging. She has over two decades of experience in the environmental health field including as a consultant to the San Francisco Foundation where she provided capacity building opportunities for their Environmental Health and Justice Initiative’s grantees; as Community Health Advocate at Greenaction, where she served as liaison to the national Health Care without Harm Campaign and played a leading role in linking community organizing efforts in Northern California against dangerous medical waste incineration practices to upstream pollution prevention strategies with hospitals; and as a Research Associate at the Environmental Defense Fund in their toxics program. Sue received a B.A. degree in environmental science from Barnard College and completed a double-Master’s program at the University of California Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and the Graduate School of Public Health, where she was a recipient of the prestigious Switzer Environmental Fellowship.
Jack Macy, Treasurer
Jack Macy is a Zero Waste Senior Coordinator for the City and County of San Francisco. He has more than 30 years of experience developing and managing composting, recycling and other zero waste related programs and policies at the local and state level. He has been a key lead in the development and implementation of San Francisco’s internationally recognized food composting program and zero waste policies and programs, including setting a zero waste goal for 2020, mandating composting and recycling for all sectors, banning EPS (Styrofoam) and requiring compostable and recyclable foodware, and banning plastic bags and charging for other checkout bags. He is a recognized leader in the zero waste movement and has spoken across the globe on zero waste, including keynoting numerous conferences, and provided assistance to numerous jurisdictions and organizations. He also works to help develop and support better California policies and regulations, including through serving on the Board of the California Organics Recycling Council.
Mahyar Sorour, Officer
Mahyar Sorour is the Deputy Legislative Director for the Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign at the Sierra Club based in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was a Senior Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, working on a portfolio ranging from energy, environment, education, civil rights, and agriculture issue areas. She has a background in environmental justice and grassroots organizing as a Climate Justice Program Manager with TakeAction Minnesota, working on issues related to air and water quality, clean energy policy, and advocacy training.