In honor of International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8th, Moms Clean Air Force is paying tribute to the amazing women who help MCAF fight for clean air. Stay tuned each day this week to learn about these incredible women!
Melissa is a mother of two daughters, Amelia and Rye. She is a documentary filmmaker whose first film in 1992 investigated international security from an environmental perspective. Melissa went on to work with CNN, PBS, BRAVO, Sundance Channel, Plum TV, Albert Maysles, Chip Cronkite, Pete Seeger, Russell Simmons, Joe Lovett, Washington Mutual and many film festivals.
Zem is the mother of two children–and the Founder and CEO of EcoFabulous. She has been a contributing eco-editor at House & Garden, Domino, Architectural Digest and 7×7 magazines. Zem received the 2009 Global Green Millennium Founder’s Award. Mentored by William McDonough, Zem is a certified BuildItGreen design and strategy consultant and Cradle to Cradle enthusiast who helps companies and individuals create beautiful, smart, sustainable spaces and practices. Her love for the earth, however, can be traced back to her early upbringing on a Palo Alto commune. Zem is committed to improving all families’ health, education and access to well-vetted information. To that end Zem is an active board member of Global Green, Teens Turning Green, and Architecture for Humanity.
Geraldine is a mother of two and a grandmother and the founder of Oxygen Media. After a career in teaching and as an independent producer of children’s programming, she joined Nickelodeon as a program manager in 1980, rising to president in 1989, and changed the face of children’s television in her 16 years with the company. In 1995, she left Nickelodeon to run Disney/ABC Cable Networks, where her new responsibilities included overseeing the Disney Channel, A&E Television, Lifetime, the History Channel, and E! Entertainment Television and ABC’s Saturday morning children’s lineup. In 1998, Gerry teamed up with Oprah Winfrey to create Oxygen Media, which reached more than 70 million households by the time it was sold to NBC Universal in 2007. Gerry was the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame, in 1995. Her countless other honors include the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Children and Television, and the New York Women in Communications Matrix Award for Broadcasting.
Kate is MCAF’s Creative Director. She designed the signature Moms Clean Air Force look and creates the visuals for all our digital and print communications. She believes in the power of design to create positive social impact and gathers inspiration from around the world. In recent years, she has traveled to Kenya, Costa Rica, Patagonia, and the Galapagos Islands.
Marnie Urso has been working on environmental policy in both Washington DC and in Ohio for the past 16 years. She was the Ohio state director for the national League of Conservation Voters for five years after working at the Ohio Public Interest Research Group as a campus organizer at Oberlin College. She has also been the grassroots coordinator for Audubon Ohio for 8 years focusing on Great Lakes restoration and global warming campaigns. Marnie is also a passionate photographer and specializes in maternity and birth photography. She lives along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ere in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband an two daughters and a small menagerie of rescued pets. She joined the Moms Clean Air Force team last summer.
Christy is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) serving families choosing home birth in Philadelphia and South Jersey through her practice Motherland Midwifery. She is also a mother to an amazing, exuberant 3 1/2 year-old Itzela, and is expecting her second baby late summer 2013. With a background in Public Health and Environmental Justice organizing and advocacy, Christy builds community amongst the families she serves, is a resource for information and support, and a catalyst for folks to take action to protect and improve their personal, community and environmental health through efforts big and small during their pregnancies, early parenting journeys and beyond!
Lindsay is the Deputy Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families where she directs the campaign’s field organizing, helps build coalition partners, advises on strategic communications and online organizing. Before joining the campaign, Dahl directed policy and media strategy for the Healthy Legacy Coalition of Minnesota. In that capacity she led the campaign for Minnesota to become the first state to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) and the fourth state to pass the beginnings of a comprehensive safer chemical policy framework. Lindsay coordinated Healthy Legacy’s lobby team, led their communications and media work and helped coordinate the coalition. Before working for Healthy Legacy, Dahl worked on energy policy in the Upper Midwest for Fresh Energy and the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group.