Michael Green, MS, MPP
In 1996, Michael founded the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) to raise public awareness of the corporate use of toxic chemicals and of the many viable, pragmatic solutions to this pervasive threat to public health. Since then he has helped lead national efforts to stop toxic exposures and protect public health. He has also pioneered the groundbreaking legal work that has won landmark victories to protect the public from hazardous consumer products and toxic emissions. Michael has worked in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management, and the US EPA’s Working Group on Environmental Equity. Michael designed a solid waste management plan for the Tibetan refugee community in Dharamsala, India, and cared for the sick at Mother Teresa’s mission in Calcutta, India. He was awarded the California Wellness Foundation’s annual Leadership Award, as well as the prestigious Compassion in Action Award which is presented jointly from the Dalai Lama Foundation and the Committee of 100 for Tibet each year. He has testified in front of Congress, serves on numerous boards of directors, and is frequently quoted in national and international media. Michael has an MS in Natural Resources and an MPP in Public Policy, both from the University of Michigan.
Charlie Pizarro supervises the operations of CEH. Before coming to the organization, he spent twelve years helping attorneys unearth and decipher the facts necessary to defend people facing the death penalty. In this little-known corner of the law, human rights advocates witness the unfortunate collision of the most pressing social justice issues of our day – race, poverty, employment, education, health, and of course, the environment. He is pleased to contribute to solutions to the environmental ills that have devastated the lives of countless families and communities across the nation.
Virali Modi Parekh
Before coming to CEH, Virali led the communications and media strategy on climate change for Rainforest Action Network, garnering media in outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today, and Financial Times. She has also served as Communications Director for a global health nonprofit focused on women and girls, where she saw first hand how health, climate, and gender intersect. In her work as a strategist, campaigner, and educator, Virali has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, led backpacking trips for urban youth, and toured garbage and recycling facilities around the US. She is passionate about connecting social and environmental justice issues, writing and performing peoples histories, and learning how to live sustainably in an over-developed country.
Eastern States Director
Ansje Miller is the Eastern States Director for the Center for Environmental Health. In that role, she represents CEH with elected officials and others in New York and Washington. Ms. Miller has led a number of successful legislative and regulatory campaigns that removed the use of toxic chemicals like lead and cadmium from consumer products. Her organizing efforts, research reports, and popular articles have also led to the creation of numerous policies on global warming including California’s AB32. Ansje currently serves on the board of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP). Prior to her work at CEH, from 2001 to 2006, Ansje founded and directed the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, a coalition that brought together the nation’s leading environmental justice, faith-based, and policy organizations to advocate socially just policies on climate change.
Director of Development
Susan Corlett has nearly 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience as a development director, executive director and board member. Prior to joining CEH Susan was Director Development and Communications at Sustainable Conservation, where she helped triple private contributions from individuals and foundations, providing the resources to pioneer new approaches to conservation work and achieve significant environmental wins. Susan began her work for the environment during her 10 years at Sierra Club headquarters, where she managed the direct marketing programs. She then worked with the East Bay Agency for Children for eight years, serving first as Director of Development and then as Executive Director. As a longtime Board member of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Susan has helped create a thriving community for fundraisers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Susan holds a MA in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and a BA in Business Administration from Lewis & Clark College.
Caroline leads CEH’s research on toxic exposures, identifying, analyzing and substantiating the scientific bases for our work to eliminate threats to children and others exposed to dangerous chemicals in consumer products. Under Caroline’s leadership, CEH has won dozens of landmark legal agreements with major companies, requiring them to eliminate harmful chemicals from their products and/or reduce their toxic emissions. On CEH’s behalf, she has testified to Congress and to state and federal regulatory agencies on consumer products safety and health risks from pesticides. She has also co-authored several science articles in peer-reviewed journals, on hidden ingredients in pesticides, air quality around fracking cites, and on the successes of CEH’s work in elminating lead from jewelry, among other subjects. Previously, she worked for sixteen years as staff scientist at the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) in Oregon. She was also editor of NCAP’s Journal of Pesticide Reform and has co-authored numerous papers in scientific journals. Caroline represents CEH on the Steering Committee of Californians for Pesticide Reform. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Beyond Pesticides. She writes and speaks regularly as a national expert on the toxicity of and alternatives to pesticides. Caroline has a master’s degree in entomology from Oregon State University and is a graduate of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.
Charles coordinates CEH’s efforts to promote sustainable and organic food to hospitals and other major institutional food buyers. He also manages CEH’s media outreach. Prior to joining CEH, Charles was the lead campaigner for Greenpeace USA’s Genetic Engineering Campaign for five years. He currently serves as CEH’s representative on the Steering Committee of Californians for GE Free Agriculture. He is also a board member of the Sunshine Project, an international nonprofit that works to expose the hostile use of biotechnology in weapons development and to strengthen the global consensus against biological warfare. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley in Peace and Conflict Studies. He is also a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and was a long-time professional baker.
CHANGE Campaign Director
Kathryn serves as the California Policy Director for the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and as the Campaign Director for Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE). Kathryn has almost 15 years of experience working at the intersection of environment, health, and social justice in the private, government, and non-profit sectors. She joined CEH after two years of consulting for the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors while completing her joint Master’s in Public Health and Public Administration in Environmental Health Science and Policy at Columbia University. Kathryn completed a two-year fellowship at the San Francisco Foundation where she managed the Environmental Health and Justice Initiative and supported their $2 million annual environmental grant-making portfolio. As part of her work with Latino Issues Forum, the Greenlining Institute, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice, she has experience in policy and advocacy at the local, regional, state, and federal levels. The central goal of Kathryn’s work is to build power in low-income communities of color to engage in policy development that transforms their health, environment and economic opportunities. She is a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program and has a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.
Pollution Prevention Director
Judy works closely with large purchasers including government and educational institutions, health care organizations, and corporations on how to identify, prefer, and harness their purchasing power to promote the use of environmentally preferable products. She is the author of articles and purchaser guides, and she also co-authored successful State legislation requiring the labeling of safer products. She has worked in the non-profit arena for 25 years; before her work at CEH, she co-founded Family Support Services of the Bay Area. Judy received her B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her Masters Degree in social work from the University of Michigan. In 2015, Judy received the International Interior Design Association Leadership Award of Excellence for her work in the area of reducing the use of harmful flame retardant chemicals.
Sue Chiang, MPP, MPH
Pollution Prevention Director
Sue is leading CEH’s Healthy Energy campaign in California. She is collaborating with the Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN) on a project to empower grassroots communities fighting oil and gas development by training them on how to monitor and document air pollutants in their neighborhoods. She is also educating and engaging health professionals in California around the health risks of fracking, and oil and gas development with the goal of enlisting them to become advocates for clean energy solutions. Sue received a B.A. degree in environmental science from Barnard College, Columbia University and completed a double-masters program at University of California Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and the Graduate School of Public Health, where she was a recipient of the prestigious Switzer Environmental Fellowship.