Our Team

Led by co-founder and senior director Dominique Browning, Moms Clean Air Force is a national movement of more than 280,000 moms — and dads too! — who are protecting our children’s right to clean air — just as our parents fought for us, forty years ago, when the Clean Air Act was first passed. Learn more today.

Rallying that incredible force of moms and dads every day is our family of bloggers and grassroots field team, starting up state chapters to take our mission to local communities.

And on the national stage, our leadership circle amplifies those grassroots voices to make sure Congress gets the message.

We are here to tell Washington: Listen to your moms. We share the air — and we want it clean.

Moms Clean Air Force is a special project of the Environmental Defense Fund, which provides funding.


Dominique Browning

Co-Founder and Senior Director

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.


Hanne Grantham

Hanne Grantham is presently co-chair of the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, which she co-founded in 1996. She is on the advisory boards of various organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund, Oxfam America and is on the joint Imperial College/London School of Economics Climate Committee Advisory Board. She also serves as trustee for the Textile Museum in DC and The Friends of the Public Garden, Boston. A native of Germany, Grantham received her BA and MA from Brandeis University, and has been teaching German language and literature at various levels. She lives in Boston with her husband, Jeremy, and they have three grown children.


Sue Mandel

Sue Mandel is a director of the ZOOM Foundation, which focuses its work on innovative change efforts that have the high potential for sustainable, scalable impact, especially in the areas of education and the environment. Sue also serves as a trustee of EDF and Vassar College.

cynthia hampton

Cynthia Hampton

Cynthia Hampton serves as VP Marketing and Communications for the Environmental Defense Fund. Cynthia leads a group of professional marketers who create, develop and execute the marketing and membership efforts for the organization. She previously served as Managing Director of Global Marketing at the Citigroup Private Bank and as an Executive Vice President at Young and Rubicam.

vickie patton

Vickie Patton

Vickie Patton serves as Environmental Defense Fund’s General Counsel and manages the organization’s national and regional clean air programs. For two decades, she has worked to protect human health and the environment from air pollution. She has been involved in numerous rulemakings under the Clean Air Act and associated cases (including several successful cases before the U.S. Supreme Court), testified before congressional and state legislative committees, and authored several articles on air quality protection and environmental policy.

Our Core Team

Ronnie Citron-Fink

Managing Editor, website

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

Public Health Policy and Outreach Manager

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.

Gretchen Dahlkemper

National Field Manager

Gretchen Dahlkemper is delighted to transition from Moms Clean Air Force Pennsylvania field organizer to overseeing the entire field strategy as National Field Manager. Raised in Erie, PA Gretchen has worked across the state on environmental education and activism. Gretchen is mom to three small children with her chef husband in Philadelphia.


Kate Caprari

Creative Director

Kate Caprari 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.

Shaun Dakin

Social Media Director

Shaun Dakin leads our work in Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Flickr, and Storify, as well as any other new platforms online. Shaun is a nationally known expert in privacy issues. His wife, Dr. Saleena Dakin, is a pediatrician with a large practice in Washington, DC. Shaun is the primary caregiver of their young son, Joseph and their dog, Sophie.

Anneka Wisker

Senior Program Assistant

Anneka Wisker tweets, researches, writes, implements website edits, and helps coordinate our field efforts. As a sailor, who recently survived a trek from Rhode Island to Bermuda, Anneka knows how to navigate the choppy currents of a start-up. With a degree in Environmental Policy, and a strong interest in communication for the greater good, Anneka is thrilled to combine both in her work for Moms Clean Air Force.

Kim Sharp

Business Manager


George Bounacos

Web team

George Bounacos is the COO of Silver Beacon Marketing, the team that manages our advertising, analysis, website and online promotions. Silver Beacon is a Google Partner with individual certifications in Advanced Search Advertising and Display Advertising. George co-founded Silver Beacon Marketing in 2008 and has worked online since the mid-1980s with early online pioneers including CompuServe and Carfax. George and his wife Joan are the parents of three grown men, and George is also a godfather to three other young people. He is looking forward to a future filled with grandchildren.

Our FIELD TEAM is key to our success, meet them above–at the next tab over. 


Gretchen Dahlkemper

National Field Manager


Gretchen Dahlkemper is delighted to transition from Moms Clean Air Force Pennsylvania field organizer to overseeing the entire field strategy as National Field Manager. Raised in Erie, PA Gretchen has worked across the state on environmental education and activism. Gretchen is mom to three small children with her chef husband in Philadelphia.

Indiana state field manager Wendy Bredhold

Wendy Bredhold

Field Organizer, Indiana


Wendy Bredhold is a mom, writer and activist living within a 62-mile radius of 17 coal-fired power plants in Southwest Indiana. Learning that fact in 2006 drove her to band together with concerned moms and form Air Aware, a group devoted to raising public awareness about 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. She was recently appointed a regional coordinator for Sustainable Indiana 2016. Wendy blogs for Moms Clean Air Force and at hoosiermama.org and also writes for Indiana Living Green magazine.

Wibke “Vee” Heymach

Field Manager, Southeast Michigan


Wibke “Vee” Heymach, is the field manager for Moms Clean Air Force in Michigan. She has represented our organization in the Great Lakes state since February 2012 and has therefore been with us since the very early days of our field program.Vee received her undergraduate degree in North-american history and political sciences at the “Freie Universitaet Berlin” in Berlin Germany and received her masters in industrial relations at “Wayne State University” in Detroit Michigan. Her previous work includes various political campaigns, the Michigan House of Representatives as well as the United Food and Commercial Workers. When she started with Moms Clean Air Force, Vee was most excited to be able to work across party lines with both sides of the isle on issues that concern all of us. She believes that good policy is made in collaboration of all parties involved, including the citizens that will be affected most of all. As part of her work with Moms Clean Air Force, Vee has spoken in front of various groups including schools, town halls, the EPA, legislators, journalists and press and most of all: concerned parents.

Pennsylvania state chapter leader Jen McIntyre

Jen McIntyre

Field Manager, Pennsylvania


Jen McIntyre is a mom with two young daughters who lives in Philadelphia, PA. She grew up in Chicago and migrated east to earn a law degree from Vermont Law School where she focused on environmental law. After years working to help preserve open space in Pennsylvania, she is now the SE Pennsylvania Field Organizer for Mom’s Clean Air Force. When not working to build awareness for clean air legislation, she loves to hike the nearby trails of Fairmount Park with her two dogs, two girls, and her husband, who is also an environmental attorney.

Yvonne Nanasi

Field Manager, New Hampshire


Yvonne is our Field Organizer in New Hampshire. For the past twenty five years in New Hampshire, her government relations consulting to nonprofit groups has included health care insurance reform, disability rights and environmental protection. “I came to New Hampshire because it is a wonderful place to raise a family. But, keeping it that way requires dedicated stewardship of our natural resources and places that make it great.” Her recent consulting work has taken her to northernmost New Hampshire to help preserve its heritage and historic properties.

Terra Pascarosa Duff

Terra Pascarosa Duff

Regional Field Manager, North Carolina and Virginia


Terra Pascarosa Duff did not miss her calling, as her given name Terra literally means “earth.” She is the founder of TerraScapes Environmental and a native of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Terra has over twenty years of experience as an advocate for social justice and environmental issues. Couple with her educational background as a geologist and environmental scientist, Terra considers herself very blessed to work on projects that enhance and protect the world in which we live.

Tracy Sabetta

Tracy Sabetta

Field Manager, Southern Ohio


Tracy 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 in Ohio. She has worked in both the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives as a legislative aide and budget analyst, and has served as campaign manager and staff on a number of US Senate, gubernatorial, legislative, and local political campaigns. Outside of work, Tracy spends most of her time watching her daughter Maddie play trumpet in the high school marching band.

Trisha Sheehan

Trisha Sheehan

Field Organizer, New Jersey


Trisha Sheehan is our Field Organizer for our New Jersey Chapter. Trisha is a mom with two young sons who has been volunteering with Moms Clean Air Force since 2012 and is excited to start work on New Jersey’s chapter. After her family was affected from vinyl chloride from a nearby train derailment, she knew she wanted to work towards protecting our children’s rights for clean air. Trisha also helps lead her local Holistic Moms chapter, where she enjoys sharing information and resources with parents interested in holistic and green living.

California state field manager Loni Russell

Loni Russell

Field Manager, California


Loni Russell is the Field Manager for Moms Clean Air Force in California. Loni received her B.A in Global Studies and Socio-Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and received her M.S. in Political Science and European Affairs from Lund University in Sweden. Loni has been working for the Environmental Defense Fund, U.S. Climate and Energy Program since 2011, with a focus on California climate and energy policy. Loni has been involved in social service and advocacy since she can remember and is a member of various public health and wellness organizations in the Bay Area. Loni resides in San Francisco and enjoys traveling, hiking, fiction books, languages and cooking  for others.

Ohio state chapter leader Marnie Urso

Marnie Urso

Field Manager, Northern Ohio


Marnie Urso has been working on environmental policy in both Washington DC and in Ohio for the past ten years in every position from organizer to director. Marnie lives along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ere in Cleveland Ohio with her husband and two daughters and is excited to be a part of the Moms Clean Air Force team.

Dominique Browning

Dominique Browning

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

Ronnie Citron-Fink

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

Molly Rauch

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.

Marcia G. Yerman

Marcia G. Yerman

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.

Lori Popkewitz Alper

Lori Popkewitz Alper

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.

Laura Burns

Laura Burns

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.

Danny Shanahan

Danny Shanahan

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.

Liza Donnelly

Liza Donnelly

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

Gina Carroll

Gina Carroll

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.

Judith A. Ross

Judith A. Ross

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.

Katy Farber

Katy Farber

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.

Kerry Trueman

Kerry Trueman

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.

Karen Lee

Karen Lee

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.

Diane MacEachern

Diane MacEachern

Diane MacEachern is an award-winning entrepreneur and long-time green expert who was named one of America’s EcoHeroes by Glamour magazine. The recipient of the Image of the Future prize from the World Communications Forum, Diane founded Big Green Purse to enable women to use their consumer clout to protect themselves, their families, and the planet. A best-selling author, Diane’s “how to go green” books have collectively sold almost four hundred thousand copies. When Diane’s not blogging at www.dianesbiggreenpurse.com or talking green on Martha Stewart Living radio or Good Morning, America, she provides expert advice, consumer guidance, and employee engagement workshops to such companies as Avon, St. Ives, Whole Foods, Frito Lay, American Bankers Association, Pacific Life Insurance, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club, Norfolk Southern Railroad, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations Development Programme. She also speaks to non-profit groups, religious institutions, colleges and universities, and a wide range of civic organizations. Diane lives with her family just outside Washington, D.C. in the environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient home they helped design and build.

Bridget James

Bridget James

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.

Lisa Bennett

Lisa Bennett

Lisa Bennett is the director of A Better Climate, an organization dedicated to inspiring the care and courage needed to tackle climate change and other sustainability challenges.

She coauthored the 2012 book, Ecoliterate, with bestselling author Daniel Goleman, and her articles have appeared in The Daily Beast, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Grist, More, American Health and Mothering.

A former fellow at Harvard’s Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, Bennett served as communications director for the Center for Ecoliteracy and founding director of a national education program for the Human Rights Campaign.

She is a member of Climate Voices, a speakers network sponsored by NCAR and the United Nations Foundation, and recently facilitated a major conference on climate communications hosted by the Institute at the Golden Gate.

She blogs at Keeper of the Kids and is on Twitter @LisaPBennett

Dorthea Thomas

Dorthea Thomas

Dorthea Thomas is the CEO and Founder of The Minority Women in Leadership Commission which mission is to educate and empower young women of color to increase their leadership capabilities as social change agents. As a community organizer and sustainable technology specialist focusing on sustainable environmental design, she advocates on behalf on environmental justice issues. With the heart of a public servant, she is also the 1st Vice President of the NAACP Michigan Youth and College Division and the National Environmental and Climate Justice Youth Ambassador. She self-identifies as an Eco-Glam enthusiast and enjoys creating natural skin and body products at home. In each capacity, she aims to help be the change she wish to see in a healthier, cleaner and more just society for generations to come.

Mark Burns

Mark Burns

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.

Lisa Sharp

Lisa Sharp

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.

Anne Brock

Anne Brock

Anne Brock is an Ozarks farm girl who showed her first hog at the fair when she was just 4 years old and learned to sew in 4-H Club. She now gardens organically and enjoys the outdoors on her family’s 2 ½ acres in Appalachia. Trained as a broadcast journalist at the University of Missouri, Brock formerly produced local television news. Anne created the website, FlourSackMama.com, where she blogs about “carrying on the best of Grandma’s traditions, while improving on what we know better.” She enjoys being invited as a guest radio and television news contributor. This married mother of two has been an advocate for parents who want a healthy future for their children.

Lamar and Ronnie Tyler

Lamar and Ronnie Tyler

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.

Jill Miller Zimon

Jill Miller Zimon

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.

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 Lilian Flores

Ana Lilian Flores

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 A. Soto

Roxana A. Soto

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.

Abbie Walston

Abbie Walston

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.

Alexandra Zissu

Alexandra Zissu

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.

Elisa Batista

Elisa Batista

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.

Jeannette Kaplun

Jeannette Kaplun

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.


Leadership Circle member Laila Ali

Laila Ali

Former Professional Boxer

Laila Ali is the mother of a 2-year-old son, Curtis, and a baby girl, Sydney. An athlete and champion of health and fitness, she is the youngest daughter of Veronica Porsche Anderson, and of the legendary Muhammad Ali. Laila participated in her first boxing match in December 1999 and defeated her opponent, April Fowler, in 31 seconds. She holds a business degree from Santa Monica College and owned her own small business before becoming a boxer. Laila was a finalist in ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, which drew nearly 40 million viewers. She has participated in marketing campaigns for Adidas, DOVE, Vaseline, and Palmer’s. Laila launched her own line of beauty and personal care products in June 2010.

Leadership Circle member Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Patricia Yarberry Allen, director of the New York Menopause Center, is a gynecologist affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The president and a founding member of the board of Women’s Voices for Change, Dr. Allen is a spokeswoman on women’s health. She was the inaugural speaker for the Iris Cantor Lecture Series on Women’s Health at the American Hospital in Paris. Dr. Allen has been interviewed by The New York Times, USA Today, regional newspapers and major television news programs on womens health issues and is a contributing editor for More magazine.

Leadership Circle member Tina Beattie

Tina Beattie

is the mother of two girls, Addie and Keaton. Along with being a mother, Tina has been an active advocate for the environment as Chairwoman of ConservAmerica, a nonprofit organization working to restore conservation and environmental stewardship as fundamental elements of the Republican Party’s vision for America. She is also the Vice President of Top Line Restaurants, Inc. She enjoys nothing more than spending time outdoors with her girls either tending their vegetable garden, hiking or exploring.

Leadership Circle member Dominique Browning

Dominique Browning

Author of “Slow Love”

Dominique Browning is the mother of two sons, Alex and Theo. She is a magazine editor, writer, and publishing consultant. She has written and produced seven books. She is a founder of Moms Clean Air Force, as well as its lead blogger, and she also blogs at SlowLoveLife.com. Dominique’s most recent book is Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness. Dominique writes for The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Wired, Travel & Leisure, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, and Good Housekeeping, among others. Dominique was the editor-in-chief at House & Garden for thirteen years; she also worked at Esquire, Texas Monthly, Newsweek, and Mirabella. Dominique graduated from Wesleyan University with a major in philosophy, literature and history.

Leadership Circle member Jessica Capshaw

Jessica Capshaw

Star of Grey’s Anatomy

Jessica Capshaw is the mother of a son, Luke, and daughter, Eve. Born in Columbia, Missouri, she graduated Brown University with a degree in English and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She is best known for her roles as Dr. Arizona Robbins on Grey’s Anatomy (from 2009) and as Jamie Stringer in The Practice. Since her first part as Patsy in The Locusts, Jessica has appeared in numerous films and television series, including Minority Report, Valentine and Bones. A passionate advocate of the environment and children’s health, Jessica is married to Christopher Gavigan, a bestselling author and former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, a nonprofit that empowers parents to protect children from harmful chemicals.

Leadership Circle member Heidi Cullen

Heidi Cullen

In addition to her responsibilities as Vice President of External Communications, Dr. Heidi Cullen serves as Chief Climatologist and correspondent for Climate Central – a non-profit science journalism and research organization headquartered in Princeton, NJ. Before joining Climate Central, where she reports on climate and energy issues for programs like PBS NewsHour, Dr. Cullen served as The Weather Channel’s first on-air climate expert and helped create Forecast Earth, a weekly television series focused on issues related to climate change and the environment. Prior to that Dr. Cullen worked as a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO. She received the NOAA Climate & Global Change Fellowship and spent two years at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society working to apply long-range climate forecasts to the water resources sector in Brazil and Paraguay.

Leadership Circle member Blythe Danner

Blythe Danner

Award-Winning Actress

Blythe Danner is the mother of Jake and Gwyneth Paltrow, and a grandmother. She has appeared in Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, The Lightkeepers, Huff and Will & Grace, and won Emmys for her role in Huff (both 2005 and 2006), and a Tony for Butterflies Are Free. She is a recipient of the Women in Film Lucy Award. Blythe became involved with the Oral Cancer Foundation after her husband, Bruce Paltrow, passed away. She continues to raise awareness and funding for oral cancer issues through the Bruce Paltrow Oral Cancer Fund. She has also engaged in environmental activism, defending recycling programs in Santa Monica and New York City, and advocating for the use of alternative energy sources.

Leadership Circle member Melissa Hammel

Melissa Hammel

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.

The success of this first endeavor set Melissa on a path that would intersect, in varying capacities, with CNN, PBS, BRAVO, Sundance Channel, Plum TV, Albert Maysles, Chip Cronkite, Pete Seeger, Russell Simmons, Joe Lovett, Washington Mutual and many film festivals.

Wanderlust, Melissa’s student film, won a Warner Bros. Pictures Film Production Award, traveled to festivals, and aired on the Sundance Channel. Melissa’s short documentary, Ilona, Upstairs, is the winner of multiple awards including HBO’s “Audience Award for Best Short” at the Provincetown Int’l Film Festival and has been distributed for broadcast in 50 states on Educational Television. It is the first in series of portraits of inspiring women.

Melissa earned a BA in Sociology from Tufts University and an MFA in filmmaking from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Leadership Circle member Zem Joaquin

Zem Joaquin

Founder and CEO of EcoFabulous

Zem Joaquin 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. She received the 2009 Global Green Millennium Founder’s Award for her contributions as a Global Green board member, Co-Chair of Global Green’s San Francisco Committee, and Founder of Global Green’s Successful Annual Fundraiser and Ecofashion event. 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. Zem is the eco-luxury specialist for Planet Green’s Alter Eco and regularly contributes to various media. Much of her penchant for superior design came from her years at splendora.com and living in Milan, Paris and London. 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.

Leadership Circle member Geraldine Laybourne

Geraldine Laybourne

Founder, Oxygen Media

Geraldine Laybourne is a mother of two and a grandmother. 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. Gerry holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Vassar College and a master’s in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Leadership Circle member Cynthia Leive

Cynthia Leive

Editor-in-Chief, Glamour

Cynthia Leive is the mother of Lucy and Isaac. She has served as editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine since May 2001. Glamour is the most celebrated women’s magazine in America today, with more than 170 journalism awards and some 12 million readers each month, outselling more than 98 percent of all magazines on the newsstand. Prior to Glamour, Cynthia was editor-in-chief of Self Magazine. Cynthia is the women’s lifestyle contributor on NBC’s Today Show, where she discusses women’s issues from fashion to politics. She serves on the board of directors for The International Women’s Media Foundation and is a former president of the American Society of Magazine Editors. Forbes named her the “Most Powerful U.S. Fashion Magazine Editor.”

Leadership Circle member Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore


Julianne Moore is an actress and a children’s book author. Throughout her career, she has been nominated for four Oscars, six Golden Globes, three BAFTAs, and nine Screen Actors Guild Awards.

In October 2007, Moore made her literary debut with the publication of Freckleface Strawberry, a children’s book based on her experiences as a child. In April 2009, Moore followed up with a second children’s book titled Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully.

Leadership Circle member Ana Roca-Castro

Ana Roca-Castro

Founder, LATISM

Ana Roca-Castro is the proud mother of the Fantasticos4: Giuseppe, Pier, Emmanuel and Nora. She is president and chief executive officer of Premier Social Media, and founder and chair of Latinos in Social Media (LATISM), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, civic and economic status of the Latino community. Ana utilizes her fourteen years of project management experience to help businesses and organizations achieve their objectives via state-of-the-art social media development. After managing the Oracle implementation for the United Nations, Ana launched Premier Social Media in 2007 with the development of a safe social networking site for diplomats and ambassadors. Her clients include Toshiba, Wal-Mart, FedEx, the World Bank, Nickelodeon and Ther-Rx Corporation. As a social media developer, she partners with businesses, non-profit organizations and PR/Marketing companies to serve their needs in the social media realm.

Leadership Circle member Randy Paynter

Randy Paynter

Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Care2

Randy Paynter is the father of two. His life mission is to be a force for good. The son of an ornithologist, Randy was raised among a menagerie of animals and with a healthy appreciation for the wild. While on one of his many fact-gathering missions to the rain forests of Latin American and South East Asia in the 1990’s, he realized his dream of creating a successful business that helps the environment could be a reality; after all, the Internet boom had begun. By the fall of 1998, Randy and several friends successfully launched Care-Mail, the online greeting card company. Based on the popularity of Care-Mail, the company launched Care2.com with additional Web services such as e-mail, community features, headline news and shopping in September of 1999. Prior to founding Care-Mail, Randy was a consultant with the Menlo Park based venture capital firm, Commtech Management Corporation, where he was responsible for forming and guiding start-up companies. Randy holds an AB from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford Business School.

Leadership Circle member Rachel Sarnoff

Rachel Sarnoff

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff blogs as MommyGreenest, founded EcoStiletto, is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World and was editor of Children magazine—before she had three kids. Rachel was featured in Los Angeles and Lucky magazines and appeared on “Today” and “CNN Headline News,” among others, to talk about leading a judgment-free, more sustainable lifestyle. Today, she is a non-profit and healthy home consultant, as well as pre/postnatal yoga teacher, who shares sustainable lifestyle advice @rachellsarnoff, youtube.com/rachelsarnoff and Huffington Post Parents.

Leadership Circle member Peggy Shepard

Peggy Shepard

Peggy Shepard has successfully combined grassroots organizing, environmental advocacy and environmental health research to become one of the most highly respected environmental advocates in the country today. She has been a pioneer for advancing the perspective of environmental justice in urban communities to ensure that the entitlement of clean air, water and soil extends to all people and communities. A leader within New York City and the national Environmental Justice Movement, she is co-founder and executive director of WE ACT For Environmental Justice (WE ACT), based in West Harlem, which has a 24-year history of affecting environmental and environmental health policy and practice locally and nationally.

Leadership Circle member Rob Sisson

Rob Sisson

Rob Sisson is the President and CEO of Republicans for Environmental Protection.

Energetic, active and well known in southwestern Michigan, where he takes part in many professional and civic organizations, Rob is a former mayor of Sturgis. In 2008, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters named him “Michigan Environmental Leader of the Year.” He served more than 20 years in the commercial banking industry and as president of the St. Joseph County Economic Development Commission. He was named Michigan’s Small Business Advocate of the Year and also published a book, Financing the Small Business.

Rob and his wife, Theresa, are the parents of twin boys. The family enjoys nature in northern Michigan and in western Wyoming and are avid fly fishers and hikers.

Leadership Circle member Lisa Stone

Lisa Stone

Co-Founder and CEO, BlogHer

Lisa Stone is a mother and stepmother of three. She is co-founder and CEO of BlogHer, a community and media company catering to women in social media that attracts more than 25 million unique visitors each month. Prior to BlogHer, she worked as a journalist at CNN and later became editor-in-chief and vice president of programming at Women.com, which she grew into a Top-30 site. She has worked at Hearst and Rodale magazines, E! Television/Online, HBO’s Sex and the City, and Bloomberg and Gallup, among others. Lisa is a leading expert on developing successful online communities and interactive programming for women, as well as media strategies designed to recognize and compensate individual contributors, such as the BlogHer Publishing Network. Lisa was the first Internet journalist awarded a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University.

Leadership Circle member Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman

Author of “Bad Mother”

Ayelet Waldman is mother of Sophie, Zeke, Rosie and Abe. She is the author of The New York Times bestseller, Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace. Her personal essays have been published in The New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. She has also made radio appearances on All Things Considered and The California Report. Before taking up the pen, Ayelet clerked for a federal judge and became a public defender in Los Angeles, California. She served as an adjunct professor at the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. She is a graduate of the Wesleyan University and obtained her JD from Harvard Law School.