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).
Lisa Bloch, Finance and Operations Manager, as been working with small Seattle area non-profits for over 20 years, helping them navigate their financial and operational obligations and opportunities. Her volunteer work is also with nonprofits, but in the areas of needlecraft, learning to read, and air-cooled Volkswagens. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a master’s in public administration from Suffolk University, as well as a fistful of certificates from places like NYU and UW.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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: email@example.com or 206-441-1790)
Nicolás Díaz, Waste Reduction Strategist, is a Fulbright scholar and an international candidate in the MPA program of the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at UW. As part of Zero Waste Washington, he is assessing the current state of the recycling and composting system at the local level to support the implementation of long-term solutions to the current waste crisis experienced by Washington State. Nicolás worked for over four years as an analyst in Chilean National Agency for Scientific and Technological Research and conducted a study analyzing the social and economic impact of a mining division. In his free time, he loves to explore the Pacific Northwest area along with his wife and daughter.
Xenia Dolovova, Waste Reduction Project 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 project and is developing a zero-waste certification program. (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-625-4500)
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)
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.
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: email@example.com or 206-441-1790)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Board of Directors
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Anisha Shankar has over a decade of experience in the field of conservation, waste reduction, and recycling. She worked at Cascadia Consulting Group in Seattle (2006-2011) first working on, then managing Seattle Public Utilities’ commercial conservation program. She left to complete a six-month Fellowship in India, designing a nutrition program for underserved children. Anisha spent the next two years pursuing a long-held dream to found a business to address India’s sanitation problem, that is, not enough sanitation infrastructure to serve the 600,000,000 people who have no access to a toilet. She’s taking a break currently from the work of creating a business that uses anaerobic digestion to generate energy and working at a software company while staying tied to waste reduction through Zero Waste Washington.
Melissa Stuart was introduced to Zero Waste ideas as an undergrad at Washington State University. She went on to lead the student body’s Environmental Task Force, liaising with the university administration to win environmental gains in upcoming campus development projects. Melissa is a non-profit manager and fundraiser anxious to reconnect with waste reduction work as a board member at Zero Waste Washington. Melissa holds a Master of Non-Profit Leadership from Seattle University and served as U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova.
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.
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.