Community Action Works
Community Action Works

OUR STAFF

Sylvia Broude


Executive Director

Sylvia Broude

Executive Director

Sylvia Broude is Executive Director of Community Action Works, the Northeast-wide non-profit based in Boston that organizes with communities on the frontlines of local environmental and health threats. She oversees Community Action Works’s six offices in the Northeast and supervises a team of eleven staff that assists more than 100 communities each year. Over the past decade, she has played a critical role in grassroots, community-led efforts to transition away from coal-fired power plants in the Northeast, expand clean energy, and build support for zero waste policies across the region. Sylvia serves on the Board of All In Energy and the Advisory Boards to the Clean Water Network, the Administrative Council for the Mass. Toxics Use Reduction Act, and the New England Consortium. She’s on the City of Boston’s Zero Waste Advisory Committee, a co-founder of the Zero Waste Boston coalition, and is a senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program. She was the 2018 recipient of The John Merck Fund’s Sparkplug Award, the Frank Hatch Award for Enlightened Public Service. She lives in Dorchester, Mass. and joined the Community Action Works team in 2006.

Email: sylvia@communityactionworks.org

Phone: (617) 747-4407

Megan Stokes


Development Director

Megan Stokes

Development Director

Megan is the Development Director for Community Action Works. She works to diversify Community Action Works’s resource base, coordinating the organization’s fundraising efforts from foundations, major donors, and individual members. Megan got her start working on environmental issues with MASSPIRG, organizing students on college campuses around local water quality, campus recycling and state global warming legislation. Before her current work with Community Action Works, she oversaw membership outreach and fundraising offices across the country for environmental organizations. Megan holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior from Rutgers University.

Email: megan@communityactionworks.org

Phone: (617) 747-4363

Claire B.W. Müller


Lead Community Organizer

Claire B.W. Müller

Lead Community Organizer

Claire B.W. Müller is a queer, white, 15th generation Bay Stater. They are the Lead Community Organizer and Climate Justice Director at Community Action Works. In that role, Claire provides organizing support, facilitation and training to more than thirty grassroots groups teaching community leaders to plan winning campaigns, hone their message and materials, build their group, fundraise, garner media attention and more. Claire is a founder and co-coordinator of the statewide coalition of more than 150 groups Mass Power Forward working to further climate justice policy and foster local clean energy campaigns. Prior to Community Action Works, they worked with Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing. There, Claire directed grassroots field campaigns on behalf of the Sierra Club, Missourians for Cleaner Cheaper Energy, Environment Texas, Corporate Accountability International, 1Sky and Food & Water Watch. Claire graduated from Oberlin College, majoring in Environmental Studies and Politics. In their free time, Claire gardens, reads, and other introverted activities. Claire lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts with their partner and dog.

Email: claire@communityactionworks.org

Phone: 781-775-1429

Lena Entin


Deputy Director

Lena Entin

Deputy Director

Lena Entin is Community Action Works’s Deputy Director, bringing a rich history of organizing in Environmental Justice communities with Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N). She led N2N’s first environmental campaign to shut down the Mt. Tom coal plant in Holyoke, with assistance from Community Action Works. Under Lena’s leadership over 16 years, N2N doubled in size as she founded chapters in Fitchburg, Holyoke, and Springfield, and she also led the organization’s fundraising work for two years. Lena’s organizing career began in El Salvador, where she worked with U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities.

Email: lena@communityactionworks.org

Phone: 413-210-4217

Shaina Kasper


Vermont & New Hampshire State Director

Shaina Kasper

Vermont & New Hampshire State Director

Shaina Kasper is the Vermont and New Hampshire State Director of Community Action Works, a Northeast-wide non-profit based in Boston that organizes with communities on the frontlines of local environmental and health threats. At Community Action Works, she helps local community groups to clean up hazardous waste sites and promote clean water, safe energy, and zero waste. Shaina’s work with community groups has helped stop two pipelines, stop landfill expansions and incinerator proposals, and more. She also facilitates the National PFAS Contamination Coalition. Shaina’s organizing experience includes fossil fuel divestment, housing and economic justice, good governance, anti-water privatization, and the JOIN for Justice Jewish organizing fellowship. Shaina lives in Montpelier, Vermont where she enjoys her radical ladies book group and running and skiing in the green mountains.

Email: shaina@communityactionworks.org

Phone: 802-223-4099

Mea Johnson


Coastal Lead Organizer and Just Transition Director

Mea Johnson

Coastal Lead Organizer and Just Transition Director

Mea Johnson, Coastal Lead Organizer and Just Transition Director, leads organizing on the ground in Eastern Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, and brings her expertise in solidarity economy work. Before joining Community Action Works, she led sustainable development work in Roxbury, organized restaurant workers across the country to fight for fair wages, worked to increase civic engagement in Dorchester, and directed a children’s art program in Boston. Mea studied interdisciplinary art therapy at Lesley University, and she serves as Vice-President of the Native American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB).

Email: mea@communityactionworks.org

Phone: 617-747-4359

Dana Colihan


Maine Community Organizer

Dana Colihan

Maine Community Organizer

Dana is Toxic Action Center’s Maine Community Organizer. Before joining the Toxics Action team, Dana worked as an environmental educator and a program manager on Hurricane Island in Maine. During her time there, she created interdisciplinary environmental and climate justice curriculum for middle and high school students. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies with a focus in Environmental Justice from Oberlin College, where she was involved in Palestinian solidarity organizing and supporting Lakota activists in fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock.

Email: dana@communityactionworks.org

Phone: 207-871-1810

Hayley Jones


Vermont & New Hampshire Community Organizer

Hayley Jones

Vermont & New Hampshire Community Organizer

Hayley is the Vermont and New Hampshire Community Organizer. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she moved to Vermont in order to study Spanish and environmental justice at Middlebury College. Hayley has spent the past few years learning about state-wide environmental policy, delving into the ethics of legal interpretation, and allying with farmworker activists at Migrant Justice. Her experiences in the Vermont organizing community have only reaffirmed her belief in the power of community-led social change, motivating her to put down roots in this state she now calls home. When she’s not frantically educating herself about environmental policy, you can find Hayley writing poetry, frolicking in bodies of water, and roasting up root vegetables in her Burlington kitchen.

Email: hayley@communityactionworks.org

Phone: (802) 223-4099

Ashley Higgs Hammell


Operations Coordinator

Ashley Higgs Hammell

Operations Coordinator

Ashley is Community Action Works’s Operations Coordinator. She is passionate about social, food, and environmental justice and believes community organizing is how we achieve clean and healthy communities for all. Prior to joining Community Action Works, Ashley worked for several years at Small Planet Institute as a researcher and most recently as the Managing Director. She holds an MLA in gastronomy from Boston University where she concentrated on food policy, as well as a BS in biology from the University of Oklahoma.

Email: ashley@communityactionworks.org

Phone: (617) 747-4380

Ruthy Rickenbacker


Communications and Digital Coordinator

Ruthy Rickenbacker

Communications and Digital Coordinator

Ruthy is Community Action Works’s Communications and Digital Coordinator. She cares about effects of pollution, capitalism and racism on people and the planet and believes that community organizing is the way to the solutions we need. Before joining staff at Community Action Works, Ruthy’s work kept her learning from leaders in environmental justice and researchers in environmental health in Massachusetts, her home state. She studied communications and philosophy at Simmons College.

Email: ruthy@communityactionworks.org

Phone: 617-747-4362

Bowie Lam


Maine Organizing and Research Intern

Bowie Lam

Maine Organizing and Research Intern

Bowie is the Maine Organizing and Research Intern for the Fall 2020 semester. She is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in legal studies. Her interests include environmental justice, criminal justice, and educational equity. Moreover, Bowie is passionate about the intersection of social justice and public health, and she believes a people-powered, grassroots movement is integral to effect significant and beneficial change for communities.

Monica Stemmermann


Organizational Intern

Monica Stemmermann

Organizational Intern

Monica is an Organizational Fall Intern at Community Action Works. She’s a sophomore at Clark University, majoring in Geography and double minoring in Spanish and International Development & Social Change. She is passionate about climate justice and has been involved with the Sunrise Movement, done immigrant-justice work at First Friends of NJ/NY, and is currently involved with the Clark Climate Justice Club and local mutual aid initiatives. She’s from Northern New Jersey and loves learning new roller skating tricks, knitting, and curating playlists for her friends.

May Hanlon


Vermont and New Hampshire Organizational and Research Intern

May Hanlon

Vermont and New Hampshire Organizational and Research Intern

May is the Fall 2020 Vermont and New Hampshire Organizational and Research Intern with Community Action Works. She is a senior at Bryn Mawr College, majoring in Political Science and minoring in English. She comes to Action Works after serving as the 2019 Canvass Staff Management Assistant Director for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Her interests include political theory & political action, policy, legislation, electoral politics, voter behavior, environmental and social justice, political organizing and people-powered grassroots movements. A proud Vermonter, May is especially passionate about bringing politics back down to the human level and working towards a brighter future for our region. In her free time, May enjoys being a captain for the Bryn Mawr basketball team, writing poetry and playing fetch with her two German Shepherds.

Joanne Lau


Organizational Intern

Joanne Lau

Organizational Intern

Joanne is Community Action Works’s Organizational Intern. She is a junior at Tufts University, double majoring in Community Health and Chinese Language & Cultural Studies. Joanne is passionate about social epidemiology and community-based solutions that advance equitable health outcomes for all. She has done health education work at Sociedad Latina, and is currently involved with The Sharewood Project. In her down time, she finds joy in looking after her plants, cross stitching, and baking.