Community Action Works
Community Action Works

OUR STAFF

Leigh-Anne Cole

Leigh-Anne Cole


Acting Director

Leigh-Anne Cole

Acting Director

With nearly 20 years of organizing experience, Leigh-Anne is passionate about recruiting, training and supporting people who want to take action for public health, the environment and other causes. From 2008 to 2012, Leigh-Anne coordinated the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project, which helped more than 300,000 people register to vote and contacted more than 1 million people to get out and vote. Leigh-Anne started her career as a Campus Organizer with MASSPIRG, during which time she campaigned (with a coalition that included Toxics Action Center) to make the state’s “Filthy Five” power plants clean up or shut down. Leigh-Anne is a Massachusetts native and a graduate of Fordham University.

Email: leigh-anne@communityactionworks.org

Phone: (857) 702-2645

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

Dominic Chacón


Organizing Coordinator

Dominic Chacón

Organizing Coordinator

Dominic Chacón, (he/they), is the Organizing Coordinator. Before joining Community Action Works he was an activist/organizer along the U.S. Mexico border with over 10 years experience working with low-income, Latinx, and Native communities. After studying Environmental Science at the University of Texas at El Paso, he worked on environmental campaigns and their intersection with education, immigration, and economic justice, including coordinating mutual aid efforts for immigrants, leading direct actions to stop gentrification, and developing cross state campaigns to fight global polluters such as JP Morgan. As a two-spirit, multi-racial organizer, Dominic brings a diverse perspective and fierce compassion in the collective struggle for mutual liberation. When Dominic is not organizing you can find him enjoying the outdoors, cooking, and making art.

Email: dominic@communityactionworks.org

Phone: (413) 319-9823

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 State Director

Hayley Jones

Vermont & New Hampshire State Director

Hayley is the Vermont & New Hampshire State Director. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, they moved east in order to study Spanish and environmental justice. Years later, they have found a home in Vermont, organizing with Migrant Justice, interpreting at the Open Door Clinic, and seeding solutions at Community Action Works. When they’re not fighting for a more loving and just world, Hayley can be found writing poetry, frolicking in lakes, and dancing around the kitchen.

Email: hayley@communityactionworks.org

Phone: (802) 223-4099

Mireille Bejjani


Energy Justice Director

Mireille Bejjani

Energy Justice Director

Mireille is the Energy Justice Director. 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

MARY CORDERO


EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS & RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

MARY CORDERO

EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS & RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

Mary Cordero is the Eastern Massachusetts & Rhode Island Community Organizer. Before joining Community Action Works, Mary organized communities across Colorado with Green Corps, where she worked to advance state environmental justice legislation and enact locally-led land protection policies. Mary’s efforts rest upon her dreams of a restructured society filled with community care. Mary earned a bachelor’s of science in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley. While in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary built community through voter registration projects, mentorship and tutoring, and the Students of Color Environmental Collective. When she is not working you can find her journaling on the floor, playing soccer, or rewatching her favorite romantic comedies.

Email: mary@communityactionworks.org

Phone: (617) 747-4390

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

Jamie Melvin


Temporary Operations Coordinator

Jamie Melvin

Temporary Operations Coordinator

Jamie is the Temporary Operations Coordinator. Originally from the Northern Virginia area, she moved to New Hampshire in order to pursue her Master’s degree at Antioch University New England with a focus on advocacy for social justice and sustainability. She is passionate about intersectional environmentalism and the power of community. She holds a BS in environmental sustainability studies from George Mason University. When she is not working you can find her tending to her many house plants, listening to audiobooks, or going on road trips.

Email: jamie@communityactionworks.org

Phone: (617) 292-4821 ext. 0 (office) | (703) 505-9781 (cell)