I'm the Executive Director at the Clean Air Coalition. I ran the grassroots campaign against Tonawanda Coke Corporation that resulted in a raid of the plant, the federal indictment of the company’s environmental control manager, a consent order with the US EPA and the reduction of benzene emissions by 86% in the Town of Tonawanda. Since then, the Clean Air Coalition expanded to begin organizing in several marginalized, Western New York neighborhoods around environmental health and justice issues. I have quadrupled the budget and staff, deepened the engagement of and grown the board of directors, secured funding from national and location foundations, launched the organizations grassroots fundraising program, and doubled and diversified the organization’s membership.

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