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

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


Movement Building Director

Mea Johnson

Movement Building Director

Mea Johnson, Movement Building 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 State Director

Dana Colihan

Maine State Director

Dana is Toxic Action Center’s Maine State Director. 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

Mireille Bejjani


Western Massachusetts Community Organizer

Mireille Bejjani

Western Massachusetts Community Organizer

Mireille is the Western Massachusetts Community Organizer. Before joining the Community Action Works team, Mireille spent two years with Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing — first as a field organizer, then as a lead organizer and assistant organizing director. During those years, she helped pass the Colorado Climate Action Plan and push the Sacramento Municipal Utility District to declare a climate emergency, pass a constitutional amendment to end gerrymandering in Virginia, and prompt an “investor rebellion” at a Procter and Gamble shareholder meeting to demand more sustainable toilet paper sourcing. Mireille holds a BS in Biology from Stanford University. When she’s not organizing with communities, she’s outside with her dog, reading a book, or cooking up something tasty.

Email: mireille@communityactionworks.org

Phone: (413) 253-4458

Hasion Gaston


Connecticut Community Organizer

Hasion Gaston

Connecticut Community Organizer

Hasion Gaston is the Connecticut Community Organizer. Before joining Community Action Works, Hasion worked closely with Black, Hispanic, and International students in Poughkeepsie, NY to carry out various projects including free transportation to a grocery store, a youth development day, and assisting with the expansion of a nonprofit social enterprise. Transformative change across all sectors is the root of his commitment to humanity, with emphasis on communities still in pursuit of their freedom struggle in the face of the American regime. Hasion‘s investment into the development of local communities extends into his participation as the secretary for the Hartford Greater Together Advisory Committee. Hasion earned a bachelor’s of science in Social Work from Marist College. When he is not working you can find him indulging into a new food or buying a new plant.

Email: hasion@communityactionworks.org

Phone: 860-233-7623

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 Director

Ruthy Rickenbacker

Communications and Digital Director

Ruthy is Community Action Works’s Communications and Digital Director. 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

Susanna Mirick


Spring Organizational Intern

Susanna Mirick

Spring Organizational Intern

Susanna is the 2021 Spring Organizational Intern for Community Action Works. She is a sophomore at Colorado College majoring in Environmental Studies and cares about working to create a world that treats people with equity in addition to caring for our planet. Susanna is part of the 350 Colorado Climate Policy Committee and is a Girl Scout Gold Award Mentor for the Colorado Pikes Peak Region. Originally from Massachusetts, Susanna grew up exploring the natural spaces of the North East. In her free time she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, listening to music, and reading.