Elizabeth Crowe, President
Elizabeth worked as a non-profit environmental health and justice organizer at the local, state, national and international levels for 25 years. Her experience as a grassroots and policy coordinator on military toxics incineration and other issues led to her engagement as a founding member of GAIA. While serving as Director of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation and Co-Director of Coming Clean, she advocated for transition from dirty coal to clean energy; toxic-free foods and products; chemical safety at refineries and chemical manufacturing facilities; and other clean air and water quality issues. Currently, Elizabeth works as the Health Equity Fund Program Manager for the City of Boulder, Colorado and serves on the city’s Racial Equity Core Team.
Elizabeth is a volunteer Board member of the League of Women Voters of Boulder County, and volunteers with the Chinook Fund, Motus Theater and other social justice organizations. She lives in the Rocky Mountain foothills in Boulder County, Colorado with her daughter, partner and two dogs.
Ana Isabel Baptista, PhD, Co-chair
Ana is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School University. 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 a Senior Legislative Assistant for Representative Ilhan Omar in Washington, D.C. 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 from Minnesota, working on issues related to air and water quality, clean energy policy, and zero waste. She is a proud Iranian-American who is passionate about climate justice and the intersection of a Green New Deal with progressive foreign policy. Now more than ever we need leaders to step up and advance policies that move our communities to 100% renewable energy, and divest from the fossil fuels that are destroying our people and our plan