Dominique Browning is the co-founder and Senior Director of Moms Clean Air Force. She is a writer and editor — and the mother of two sons. She blogs at Slow Love Life and writes regularly for the New York Times and TIME.com. Dominique contributes to W, Wired, Whole Living, and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. She has spent most of her journalistic career in the magazine world, as an editor at Esquire, Texas Monthly, Newsweek, and House & Garden. She is the author of several books; the most recent is SLOW LOVE: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas, & Found Happiness.
Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She is the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. She has written and edited thousands of articles about green living and the environment for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting. Her posts can also be found on Huffington Post, Care2, Planet Green, Inhabitat, Yahoo!Green, Treehugger and other sites. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. She has been a contributor to Family Fun and is included in their books. Ronnie was a teacher for many years and is the mother of two children.
Molly Rauch is a mom who lives and works in Washington, DC. As Public Health Policy and Outreach Manager for Moms Clean Air Force, she builds relationships with public health organizations and develops alliances and partnerships with them. She also writes about public health science and policy for Moms Clean Air Force. She has authored reports on coal and clean air for Physicians for Social Responsibility, and her writing on environmental health has appeared in Huffington Post and The Green Guide, among other publications. A native New Yorker, she holds a masters degree in public health.
Gina Carroll‘s blog appears at MomHouston, where she is TorturedbyTeenagers — a familiar feeling to many of us. Her smart, deft post on Five Conversations to Have With Your Teenager Before Spring Break says it all: she dispenses wisdom with compassion. In her career as a writer, she has lived all over the United States, but is now settled in Houston, Texas, with her husband and five children. Her blog is carried by the Houston Chronicle.
Marcia G. Yerman is a mom and freelance writer focusing on Women’s Issues, the Environment, Human Rights, and the Arts. You can find her profiles, interviews, essays and articles archived at mgyerman.com. She also writes for Huffington Post, DailyKos, Open Salon, and OpEdNews. At Moms Clean Air Force, she is particularly interested in reporting on the politics and policies of environmental issues—and making it accessible to readers.
Liza Donnelly creates original cartoons for Moms Clean Air Force. Liza is a public speaker and has spoken at TED , the United Nations, and The New Yorker Festival, among many other places. Liza has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC and BetterTV, and has been profiled on radio and in numerous magazines, newspapers and online. She is a staff cartoonist with The New Yorker Magazine. When she first began selling to The New Yorker in 1979, she was the youngest and one of only three cartoonists who were women. Liza’s cartoons and commentary can be seen on various websites: CNN, HuffingtonPost, Salon, Daily Beast, WomensEnews, Narrative Magazine. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, and her cartoons have been exhibited around the world. Her most recent book is When Do They Serve The Wine? The Folly, Flexibility and Fun of Being a Woman (2010, Chronicle Books). Liza is at work on a new book, titled Women On Men. Find more about Liza at lizadonnelly.com
Laura Burns is a former biologist who blogs at Pug in the Kitchen. She her her husband, Matt strive to live a low-impact life with their 2 children Liam (2) and Sylvia (4 months). Together they cook from scratch, cloth diaper, homebirth, and hang their laundry in the fresh air.
Katy Farber is a teacher and a writer in Vermont who blogs at Non-Toxic Kids. She covers the environment, parenting, green living and education. She is also the mother of “two spirited little girls.” Last year, as she wrote recently, she participated in Vermont’s first “body burden study” and learned that she had a high rate of Deca contamination — a toxic flame retardant chemical used in electronics, fabrics, and mattresses. Naturally, her thoughts immediately went to how she could protect her children from exposure, and she shares her findings in her post. Farber’s first book was Why Great Teachers Quit and How We Might Stop the Exodus; her second book is Change the World with Service Learning: How to Organize, Lead and Assess Service Learning Projects. Her testimony in front of the Vermont legislature helped to pass a bill regulating lead in consumer products.
Lamar and Ronnie Tyler are the husband and wife team behind the award-winning website BlackandMarriedWithKids. They recently produced and directed two Amazon.com bestselling documentaries centered on promoting marriage in the African American community. The films have inspired a Facebook fan page with over 80 thousand fans in less than two years. The Tyler’s were recently selected by Essence as a Power Couple on The Move on a short list of 23 couples that included names like the Obamas, Will and Jada Smith and Jay-Z and Beyonce. Most importantly the Tyler’s are the proud parents of four children in the Atlanta area.
Judith A. Ross is a freelance writer who has written numerous articles, profiles, and reports for academic, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. Her byline has appeared in Harvard Business Review and several publications published by Harvard Business School. In addition to Moms Clean Air Force, she writes for Women’s Voices for Change and Talking Writing. She blogs at Shifting Gears.
Lori Popkewitz Alper is a green living enthusiast and lifestyle writer, consultant, mother, borderline vegan and recovering attorney, who runs the website Groovy Green Livin. Lori is devoted to sharing and gathering information needed for living a green life. Through each and every small, eco-conscious change we make the world will become a healthier, safer place for us all. In her free time Lori can be found practicing yoga, pitching a baseball, running, cycling, skiing, cooking, or reading.
Abbie Walston was raised on her family’s 365-year-old farm in Connecticut, which has shaped her lifestyle, parenting, philosophy of education and environmental activism. Abbie, her husband, Ed, and their toddler son Joshua strive to live simply and sustainably by raising and growing much of their own food, cooking from scratch and reducing their energy consumption. In addition to advocating for local agriculture and natural parenting, Abbie is a high school science teacher, specializing in environmental science, botany and physics. She blogs at Farmer’s Daughter and The Green Phone Booth.
Kerry Trueman is a climate change activist/writer/speaker who advocates low-impact living, healthy eating, sustainable agriculture and related topics in a lively, non-wonky way. Dubbed “the Frank Rich of the good food movement” by Civil Eats editor Paula Crossfield, she has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post since 2007. She also writes for AlterNet, Grist, and Civil Eats. Trueman wrote the chapter on how to eat ecologically for Rodale’s Whole Green Catalog. She is co-founder of Eating Liberally and a national leader of Living Liberally, the powerhouse netroots social network which includes Drinking Liberally, Laughing Liberally, Screening Liberally, et al. Trueman has also been a consultant to the Meatless Monday Campaign and serves on Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s food policy steering committee. She appears in the documentary No Impact Man and has been a guest on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate show.
Danny Shanahan has been a professional cartoonist for more than twenty-five years, twenty-five of them as a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker Magazine. Over the past two decades he has published over 900 cartoons, covers, illustrations and ads for that magazine, and scores of drawings for many others, including Time, Newsweek, Playboy, Esquire, Parade, Barron’s, and Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine. Also, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Chicago Tribune. His work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Europe and Australia, and is in the permanent collection of The James Thurber Museum in Columbus, Ohio. His cartoons have also appeared in dozens of collections, including four books of his own: “Lassie! Get Help!!”, “Innocent, Your Honor”, “I’m No Quack”, and “Bad Sex!” Danny has written and illustrated books for children, edited “Some Delights of the Hudson Valley”, an anthology of Hudson Valley humor, and recently contributed to and wrote the forward for “The New Yorker of Golf Cartoons”. He lives in New York. Visit Danny’s website.
Alexandra Zissu is an eco lifestyle expert, writer, speaker, and consultant. She’s the author of The Conscious Kitchen, Planet Home, The Complete Organic Pregnancy, and The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat. She has worked for New York Magazine, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Lifetime and Details magazines, The New York Observer and Women’s Wear Daily, and her stories have appeared in dozens of publications.
She speaks often about all things eco-friendly at private firms, mothers’ groups, schools, non-profits, and industry expos, and consults about green living for individuals and organizations. Though she should probably be on a biodynamic farm in Vermont, or growing dill in Finland, she actually lives in New York City, across the street from where she grew up, with her (organic) family.
Mark Burns is a playwright and screenwriter whose credits include the screenplays for Married to the Mob and She-Devil. His most recent play, The Club, is a dark comedy about a violent clash of American values at a 13-hole golf course in the rural Northeast. He is currently writing a screenplay about the evolution of the ecosystem on a Texas bison ranch and its fight for survival against hydrofrackers. The father of three sons, he has lived in the Hudson Valley of New York for 20 years.
Terri Hall is a native of New York City, currently living in the Hudson Valley. After working as a professional dancer, then in the television industry, Terri followed her interests in wellness and personal growth, and owned a robust massage therapy business for over 10 years. In addition to being mom to two of her absolute favorite people ever, Terri is a certified life coach offering in-depth, transformational coaching programs to help her clients gain clarity and create richer, more fulfilling lives. She also works as a freelance writer focusing on the areas of green living, family life and spirituality.
Elisa Batista is a co-founder and co-publisher of the parenting website MotherTalkers. She also blogs and is an advocate for the family organization MomsRising, and as if she were not busy enough, she helped start an independent Spanish-immersion school in Oakland, California, called Escuela Bilingüe Internacional. Batista is a journalist by training and profession who has been published in the Huffington Post, Wired News in San Francisco, the Boston Herald, and several Boston-area weeklies. A native of Miami who is of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, she now lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and their two children.
Lisa Sharp is the face behind Retro Housewife Goes Green. She’s a wife, activist, and freelance writer. Lisa lives in a small town in Oklahoma and is working to bring more green to Oklahoma. She serves on the board for the local recycling coalition, and is active with the local Green Drinks group. Lisa also run the website Green Oklahoma, a green resource, news and events site.
Tracy Sabetta is the co-founder of Initiative Consulting, a campaign consulting and public affairs firm in Columbus, Ohio. Tracy conducts lobbying and media relations work for non-profit organizations that focus primarily on environmental and health care issues. Prior to starting IC, Tracy was the Vice President of Government Relations for the American Cancer Society, Ohio Division, where she served as co-chair and spokesperson for a 2006 ballot initiative that resulted in smoke-free public places and workplaces in Ohio. Sabetta has worked in both the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives as a legislative aide and budget analyst. She has also served as campaign manager and staff on a number of US Senate, gubernatorial, legislative, and local political campaigns. She is married and the mother of a 12 year old daughter.
Ana Lilian Flores and Roxana A. Soto
Best friends since college, Ana Lilian Flores and Roxana A. Soto, co-founded SpanglishBaby, the online community for parents raising bilingual and bicultural kids in Feb. 2009, when they realized there was a lack of information regarding this issue.
Ana was born in Houston to parents from El Salvador, and grew up in El Salvador before returning to the US for college. With over 15 years of experience as a television producer and content creator, with a specialty in the U.S. Hispanic industry, she has reinvented herself as a blogger and social media strategist. In December of 2010, Ana appeared on the cover of Hispanic Business Magazine as “The New Face of Social Media.” She now works — and is raising a family — in Los Angeles, where she recently launched another new venture, Latina Bloggers Connect.
Roxana, an Emmy-award winning bilingual journalist, was born in Peru and moved to the U.S. as a teenager. After many years as a newspaper reporter and television producer, she called it quits and left South Florida for the Rockies, where she’s raising two bilingual and bicultural children. Today, she divides her professional time between her blogs — as SpanglishBaby’s editorial director and her more personal venture, Bicultural Me — and her freelance writing and translating gigs.
Jill Miller Zimon blogs from Northeastern Ohio — a hotbed in the fight for clean air — on Writes Like She Talks. She has a joint degree in law and social work from Case Western Reserve University, and she has had a varied and fascinating career, as a multimedia journalist, a community activist, and a deeply involved room mother at her children’s schools. Her piece about a recent journey with her family is a wry and touching look at being a more capable mom. “She is very powerful, so be nice to her,” says former Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut.
Karen, who prefers not to use her full name so that she maintains a bit of camouflage, is a military spouse “with an opinion and an attitude.” She blogs at the fascinating Milspouse Mutterings. I learned there, for instance, about an online movement to persuade TIME magazine to choose The Military Family as their Person of the Year. Karen’s son is an Iraq War Veteran, and so is his wife. Her husband was Army back in the Cold War, then Reserve, then National Guard. After 9/11, he went into Active Guard Reserve and then back into the Active Army. Karen and her family live in North Virginia. Karen speaks for many writers when she says “I write, because I just have to.”
Jeannette Kaplun is a fully bilingual and bicultural busy mom of two children, journalist, TV host, blogger and author of hundreds of articles about parenting, babies and motherhood. She has won the Best Parenting Blogger LATISM award. Jeannette blogs at Babble Voices. She was a Social Good Fellow and a conference speaker at BlogHer.
Bridget is a writer, model, clean air activist and most importantly, a mother. She is a member of Utah Moms for Clean Air, a non-profit Utah based group fighting for clean air along the Wasatch Front in Salt Lake City. Bridget writes a natural parenting blog called The Curious Case of Mommyhood where she writes about motherhood and reviews family based eco-friendly products. She has both an Environmental Studies and Anthropology degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City where she currently lives with her husband, two sons and third child on the way.
Karen Lee is a retired Chiropractor, publisher of ecokaren, co-founder & partner of Green Sisterhood, and handmade eco entrepreneur. While it may ‘look’ like she enjoys her many roles, her favorite is being a mom to two young adult kids (Gulp! Where did the time go?). But, she feels being a mom is the most difficult and the most rewarding role at the same time. She is fiercely protective of her kids from environmental harm; the reason why she has been documenting her eco journey on her popular blog, ecokaren. She wants to be a role model and to teach them how to live responsibly so they can become stewards of their own surroundings in the future. When she’s not wielding a glue gun or a seam ripper, she’s developing vegetarian recipes with her “accidental recycler” husband or cuddling up with her lapdog with a book.
Wendy Bredhold is a writer and activist living in southwestern Indiana, within a 62-mile radius of 17 coal-fired power plants. Learning that fact in 2006 drove her to band together with concerned moms and form Air Aware, a group largely devoted to browbeating the local media into paying attention to air quality issues. She has been involved in climate-related activism since 2007, when she organized two local Step it Up National Days of Climate Action, a national effort led by Bill McKibben and students at Middlebury College. In 2012, she was trained by Al Gore and became a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Wendy blogs at hoosiermama and writes for Indiana Living Green magazine.