Waste Reduction Strategist

Elisabeth Archer

Elisabeth Archer, Waste Reduction Strategist, works to engage communities to end reliance on single use plastics and promote the use of durables and bring-your-own food service ware. Elisabeth has always been dedicated to the environment starting with trying to save the Harp Seals in grade school. Her work experience has been as a copywriter, management consultant, advertising strategic planner and now environmental activist. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, bilingual in French, passionate about travel, cultural exchange, social justice, food, soccer, and raising the next generation (Contact:  Elisabeth@zerowastewashington.org).

Finance and Operations Manager

April Leonard

April Leonard, Finance and Operations Manager

Waste Reduction Project Coordinator

Kami Bruner

Kami Bruner, Waste Reduction Project Coordinator, is thrilled to be supporting the Fix-it Fair initiative. Brand new to Seattle, Kami originally hails from Nashville, TN via New Orleans and Los Angeles. She’s interested in systems thinking, organizational capacity-building, and serving as connective tissue between great people and great ideas. Kami cut her teeth in community organizing while still in Nashville, working with multiple environmental organizations and grassroots social justice efforts. She earned a BA in Religious Studies from The University of the South (Sewanee) and an MS from Tulane University where she focused on socially just community-based development and disaster resilience. She completed her Permaculture Design Certificate in Detroit in 2012. When not at Zero Waste Washington, you’ll likely find her repurposing scavenged treasures, TimeBanking, or attempting to evade the deft clutches of her blind foster cat. (Contact: kami@zerowastewashington.org)

Outreach and Policy Specialist

Marisol Diaz

Marisol Diaz, Outreach and Policy Specialist, works to engage the community in key zero waste issues, addressing plastic pollution, producer responsibility and toxic chemicals.  Marisol is a graduate from the University of Washington with a major in Community, Environment and Planning. She has a strong passion for reducing and eliminating waste so much that she completed a training course and is now a Master Composter Sustainability Steward. She tries to live her life as zero waste as possible including educating her friends and family about the benefits of going zero waste. During her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking and walking her dog, and spending time with family. (Contact: marisol@zerowastewashington.org or 206-441-1790)

Waste Reduction Strategist

Nicolás Díaz

Nicolás Díaz-Huarnez, Waste Reduction Strategist, collaborates with Zero Waste Washington conducting policy research in recyclables and organics collection, processing, and overall public and private management. With a vast experience as a consultant and analyst in public affairs in Chile and the United States, he combines advanced quantitative methods with qualitative research for generating impactful knowledge in waste reduction policy. Nicolás holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the P. Catholic University of Chile. As a Fulbrighter, Becas Chile alumni, and an environmental advocate, Nicolás works restlessly for a cleaner and fairer planet for his two little ones.

Waste Reduction Program Manager

Xenia Dolovova

Xenia Dolovova, Waste Reduction Program Manager, plans and facilitates Zero Waste Washington waste reduction efforts, including community-based projects and statewide policy projects. Before moving to Seattle and joining ZWW, she lived in Abu Dhabi where she managed projects in a start-up environment. Originally from Moldova, she has 9+ years of experience in business and marketing, holding an MBA degree from Paris Business School and a PMP Certificate. Right before moving to the US she made a decision to pivot her career into Sustainability and Waste Management. She leads Zero Waste Washington’s Fix-It Fair program, Organics management research, Zero Waste Hackathon, Litter Assessment project, and organizational communication efforts. (Contact: xenia@zerowastewashington.org)

Mariel Fernandez Thuraisingham

Mariel Fernandez Thuraisingham works with Zero Waste Washington to support grassroots organizations seeking to promote zero waste and sustainability culture and reduce plastic waste in their localities. After completing her law degree at Columbia University, she worked in Myanmar and Washington, DC as an international development specialist in rule of law and justice sector strengthening. Her work in research, public policy, legislative reform, project management, community outreach, grants and capacity-building brought her to developing economies in Central America, Central and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and West Africa, where she observed the important interplay of institutions and infrastructure in supporting sustainable social systems. She currently engaged in outreach and advocacy for environmental justice, climate change mitigation, and sustainable living (Contact: Mariel@zerowastewashington.org)

Community Outreach Associate

Thea Hanner

Thea Hanner, Community Outreach Associate, recently graduated with a degree in Sustainability from San Diego State University, with a focus in Conservation. Before moving to Seattle, she worked in the San Diego area on invasive plant removal and riverbed restoration. Originally from the Bay Area, she has always incorporated minimizing waste into her lifestyle, and is excited to share her passion for the environment with the local community. You can usually find her exploring new hiking trails, petting every dog or cat she sees, and drinking too much coffee. (Contact: Thea@zerowastewashington.org)

Communications Strategist

Nathan Jackson

Nathan Jackson, communications strategist, is a communications professional who balances strategy with tactics. He has worked in the environmental, educational, and social justice fields his entire career. He is an expert in messaging, email campaigns, communications strategy, and social media and is working to help nonprofits succeed in their work by having a solid communications platform.

Community Outreach Associate

Dione Johnson

Dione Johnson, Community Outreach Associate, is a graduate of both Seattle Central Community College and The Evergreen State College. Her service background includes more than 20 years experience working with families, children and youth, in culturally and economically diverse communities, including providing technical assistance with small businesses and community organizations. She has worked within a variety of fronts of struggle including HIV/AIDS, Infant Mortality, Black Women’s Health, Community Technology, Pregnant and Parenting Teens, Youth Violence, as well as cultural and political organizing.  She founded and was Director of Operations for the Multi-Media Center, a non-profit enterprise with a mission to use cameras, computers and music to increase the educational, employment, entrepreneurial skills and opportunities of impoverished people, facilitating collaborations with community members, organizations, artists and local leadership to engage cultural and political activities and events. Dione is a mother and a grandmother who has strong desire to do world work that creates a healthier planet and society or my family, Zero Waste is the newest chapter in my journey to do so! (Contact: Dione@zerowastewashington.org)

Community Outreach Associate

Jesse Lindsay

Jesse Lindsay, Community Outreach Associate, is excited to have an opportunity to help his home town reduce waste (in Burien). A recipient of the President’s Environmental Youth Award, Jesse studied environmental issues and community sustainability at The Evergreen State College and received his BA in 2015. Since graduation, Jesse has worked with organizations such as the Alliance for Pioneer Square and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, focusing on community engagement and environmental justice. (Contact: Jesse@zerowastewashington.org)

Community Outreach Associate

Emma Maggioncalda

Emma Maggioncalda, Community Outreach Associate, is a Junior at the University of Washington, Seattle pursuing a General B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) and a B.A. in Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP), with a Minor in Urban Ecological Design. She is has helped organize zero waste activities as UW and is interested in a career involving Environmental Systems Design of sustainable alternatives to particularly ecologically harmful systems in place in industrialized countries today. (Contact: emma@zerowastewashington.org)

Executive Director

Heather Trim

Heather Trim, Executive Director, joined Zero Waste Washington in 2016. Prior to Zero Waste Washington, Heather has been active in zero waste issues, including helping lead the Seattle bag campaign and helping get the ban on styrofoam serviceware products passed. Previously, Heather was Director of Science and Policy at Futurewise, focusing on habitat, shoreline, stormwater and other issues related to landuse. Before that, she worked on similar issues and including toxic pollution and plastics. Heather earned a BS in geology from Yale University and a PhD from UCLA in geochemistry (Contact: heather@zerowastewashington.org or 206-441-1790)

State Lobbyist

Bruce Wishart

Bruce Wishart, State Lobbyist, has served as a lobbyist for environmental groups in Olympia for the past 25 years. He currently operates a lobbying firm in Olympia, specializing in natural resource and environmental work. Prior to that he worked as Policy Director for People for Puget Sound. Bruce also served as a Staff Lobbyist and Chapter Director for the Sierra Club. Bruce is a graduate of University of Oregon School of Law (J.D. 1985) Bruce is an avid cyclist, putting thousands of miles on his bike during the dry portions of the year. He enjoys skiing in the winter months and spends time during the summer and fall surfing on the coast, fly fishing, and sea-kayaking in the Salish Sea. (Contact: wishart.bruce@comcast.net)

Zero Waste Hackathon Project Manager

Brian Allen

Brian Allen, Zero Waste Hackathon Project Manager – Managing the inaugural 2020 Zero Waste Hackathon. Brian is a long-time technologist and Cleantech entrepreneur focusing on strategic planning, operations, and appropriate technology consulting to clients in the green building, energy, water, food, telecommunications, information technology, and finance sectors.  He is currently focused upon the myriad intersections of appropriate technology, social justice and the circular economy.  Originally from Milwaukee, he owns a Homestead Community Land Trust home in West Seattle and holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin, the Institut d’Études Politiques, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. (Contact: brian@zerowastewashington.org and (206) 395-9737).

Zero Waste Intern

Kelli Farmer

Kelli Farmer, Zero Waste Intern, is studying Sustainability at San Diego State University in the hopes of working with the EPA as an Environmental Protection Specialist. She is the Chair of her schools Zero Waste Committee and is dedicated to educating people about the issues of plastic pollution. Kelli recently helped her schools Climate Action Committee pass a resolution calling for SDSU’s commitment to climate action. She also planned a DIY fair on her campus to teach students how to make their own home goods to reduce their reliance on single-use plastic packaging. Currently, Kelli is developing a product to reduce usage of single-use plastic bottles. In her free time, you can find her riding her bike on new trails, going to the beach, and exploring the outdoors. (Contact: kelli@zerowastewashington.org )


Morisette Alvarez

Morisette Alvarez, Intern, got interested in the zero waste community after learning about the unethical and unsustainable systems of the fast fashion industry. She extensively researched about zero waste and sustainable practices and had begun to change her lifestyle to do her part in helping the environment. Morisette is hopeful that zero waste methods will become more accessible in the future. She is currently obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Media Design at the University of Washington Bothell. (Contact: morisette@zerowastewashington.org)

Waste Reduction Intern

Lisa Munro

Lisa Munro, Waste Reduction Intern, moved to Seattle in December 2019 after working and traveling in and around Vancouver, BC. Originally from Germany, she has a BA in Urban Planning from the Technical University of Berlin, focusing her thesis on the differences of the waste management practices in Berlin and Seattle and gained insights into community outreach projects. Before that, she worked in marketing, as a community and project manager and created a little zero waste brand from scratch, which started her passion for the global waste issue and sustainability. If she is not busy working for the local nursery and ZWW, she is usually crafting, thrifting, tending to her own heap of houseplants, hiking, or taking out her camper van for a little adventure. (Contact: lisa@zerowastewashington.org)

Waste Reduction Intern

Marco Jawili

Marco Jawili, Waste Reduction Intern, is a rising senior at Raisbeck Aviation High School with plans to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering to fulfill his ambitions of innovating new technology to limit waste. At Zero Waste Washington Marco works on managing communication channels and marketing strategies in conjunction with performing data analytics to track performance. With a passion for education and service to his community, Marco has led the creation of student-led programs to connect high school and elementary school students through a paired mentorship project that promoted the presence of STEM in the youth. Running his first full marathon in 2018, Marco enjoys running as a hobby as well as hiking and playing the guitar. (Contact: marco@zerowastewashington.org)

Media Intern

Adam Kubota

Adam Kubota, Media Intern, is studying Media Studies and History at Pomona College. A lifelong Seattleite, he became interested in zero waste when his mother started the composting program at his elementary school. He hopes that in the future, reductions in consumption and the adoption of zero waste lifestyles will be commonplace. In his spare time, he enjoys embroidering hats and taking photos. (Contact: adam@zerowastewashington.org)

Organics Management Research Intern

Pavi Chance

Pavi Chance, Compost Research Intern, is a recent graduate of Barnard College, where she received a BA in English and Human Rights Studies. Through her study of the relationship between climate change and human rights, she was inspired to strive toward making the world a more sustainable and more equitable place. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, playing tennis, and hiking. (Contact: pavi@zerowastewashington.org)

Organics Management Research Project Intern

Daniel Bowen

Daniel Bowen, Compost Project Intern, is interested in improving all aspects of the food system, from production to waste management and everything in between. He just completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA supporting the work of the Montgomery County Food Council in Maryland. In his off-hours, he volunteers at an urban farm. He holds a BA in Sustainable Food Systems and Biology from Guilford College. (Contact: daniel@zerowastewashington.org)

Board of Directors

Todd Carey

Todd Carey has worked in the recycling and sustainability field for the past 20 years, from the King County Solid Waste Division to the predecessor of Zero Waste Washington – Washington Citizens for Resource Conservation (WCRC). During his tenure at WCRC he had several roles including bookkeeper, database manager and office manager. He also coordinated projects such as the pilot computer and fluorescent lamp recycling programs. Todd lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle, and enjoys skiing, biking, and hiking throughout Washington and the Northwest.


Steve Gilbert

Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, is founder and director of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND). He is a Diplomat of American Board of Toxicology and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Washington. Previously, Steve worked for Health Canada in Ottawa and owned and ran biotechnology pre-clinical research companies. In recent years, Dr. Gilbert published his book A Small Dose of Toxicology- The Health Effects of Common Chemicals and created Toxipedia, a free, online encyclopedia on the toxicology, human health effects, and environmental effects of chemicals, drugs, and consumer products. He has also been engaged in education about In the health and environmental impact of past and present work at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. He passionately believes that one of the most important things that public health professionals can do is to widely share their knowledge and scientific information.

Hannah Johnson

Hannah Johnson has trained and worked in waste reduction strategy and zero waste implementation for the past eight years. She is the founder of two companies; HumanEco Design & Consulting and Durable Dish which specialize in zero waste strategy for commercial and private businesses and waste reduction for large and small-scale events. Hannah is excited to serve on the Zero Waste Washington board because she believes in the mission and the drive to engage the community and advocate for more sustainable waste prevention methods. In her free time she loves to write and enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.


Meaghan Jones

Meaghan Jones became interested in the zero waste movement when she lived in San Diego and realized how extensive the waste issue is. She became a Master Composter and set about educating her community on composting, recycling, and the zero waste movement. Her family all thinks she’s crazy because she loves composting so much. Meaghan got a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Washington and likes to use her science background to pursue zero waste and sustainability options in the community. She’s excited to be serving on the board of Zero Waste Washington, advocating for new waste solutions, especially cradle-to-cradle design and extended producer responsibility. In her spare time, Meaghan fosters kittens and likes to spend as much time as she can with her family in California.

Teresa Jones

Teresa Jones has over 30 years of experience working in television. In late 2006, she joined the Startup Sales Team at KUNS-TV, the local Univision affiliate, where her current title is Multi-Media Market Consultant. In the course of her career, Teresa has produced and co-hosted several Spanish Language TV and Radio programs. She does Voice-Overs on TV/Radio commercials, documentaries and promotional videos, and has Emceed at several local community events. Teresa is very involved in the Latino Community. Over the last 10 years, she has sat on several Boards, including Casa Latina and the Pierce County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. More recently, she served as an Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Washington Hispanic Media Association or WAHMA.

Kyle Loring

Kyle Loring detests waste, and fondly recalls a time when the local dump on Anderson Island doubled as an exchange depot, and when a youngster could collect and turn in recycling to earn a little pocket change. Although a few decades have passed, Kyle continues to look for ways to reduce waste in his personal life and is thrilled to support Zero Waste’s efforts to curb waste at a grander scale. In his day job, he wields environmental and land use laws to empower clients to save species and beautiful places from extinction. In his off hours, he explores as many of those places as possible, preferably with his wife and his bike.


Patty Liu

Patty Liu is currently the Recycling Program Manager of the West Coast team of Green Eileen and Eileen Fisher. She holds an MBA of Sustainable Business from Pinchot University, now known as Presidio Graduate School. Her interest in solid waste is focused in closed loop design and reusability.

Marie Novak

Marie Novak became interested in resource conservation and waste reduction during an internship spent conducting residential and business recycling and composting outreach throughout King and Snohomish Counties. She is very excited to be serving on the board of Zero Waste Washington and advocating for systems-level waste solutions, especially around extended producer responsibility and cradle to cradle design. She currently works for Cascadia Consulting Group where she supports climate, sustainability, and natural resource policy and planning projects. Marie recently graduated from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance where she earned an MPA with a certificate in Environmental Management. Prior to graduate school, Marie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Marie grew up in San Antonio, and although she misses the Mexican food, she enjoys the scenic beauty and mild weather of the Pacific Northwest.

Sally Wolf

Sally Wolf has been an enthusiastic volunteer on environmental issues for many years. She worked on the successful ban on styrofoam, opting out of yellow pages delivery and the Green Bag Campaign in Seattle, and as a former member of the Board of Directors of CELP (The Council for Environmental Law and Policy) has worked on the Columbia River Treaty and other clean water issues in Washington State. She is a retired attorney whose career included most recently serving as the Internal Auditor for the Seattle Housing Authority. She was a long-term member of the board of Building Changes, addressing the complicated issues of homelessness. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, traveling and spending time with friends.

Shirlee Tan

Shirlee Tan, PhD has been working in the field of science policy for over 17 years, with a main focus on the effects of chemicals on human health. Her career has primarily focused on chemical regulation and science policy at the national, international, and now local levels. Her early career began at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she served as an Environmental fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has since worked for the Smithsonian Institution, the EPA, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, as a consultant to the Endocrine Society, and now as the lead toxicologist for Public Health Seattle and King County. Shirlee strongly believes that everyone has the right to know how chemicals affect health, and an informed public can help decision-making and the market towards safer and cleaner products and policies. In her spare time Shirlee loves exploring the natural world with her family and experimenting in the kitchen.