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

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) 747-4302

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 & Digital Director

Ruthy Rickenbacker

Communications & Digital Director

Ruthy is Community Action Works’s Communications & 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

Theo Rosen


Western MA Research and Organizing Intern

Theo Rosen

Western MA Research and Organizing Intern

Theo is the Summer 2021 Western MA Research and Organizing Intern for Community Action Works. She is a rising sophomore at Cornell University majoring in Government and believes strongly in the power of grassroots organizing to create more just and equitable systems for our people and our planet. Theo is a member of the Cornell Political Union, and GlobeMed Cornell, where she does advocacy work surrounding global health policy issues. She is from Arlington, Massachusetts, and in her free time you can find her hiking, listening to music, reading, or catching up on some TV.

Jamie Melvin


Organizational Intern

Jamie Melvin

Organizational Intern

Jamie is the 2021 Summer Organizational Intern for Community Action Works. She is completing her first year at Antioch University New England, where she is pursuing her Master’s of Science in Environmental Science with a focus on Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability. She holds a B.A in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Environmental Policy and Social Justice from George Mason University. Jamie is part of the New Hampshire Youth Movement and is passionate about advocating for the intersection of Racial Justice and Environmental Justice, she believes that environmental justice is a social justice issue and also a public health crisis. Originally from the Washington, DC area, she moved to New England in 2020. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, hiking, taking care of her plants and trying new foods.

Lily Paltrowitz


Organizational Intern

Lily Paltrowitz

Organizational Intern

I am Lily Paltrowitz and I am a 2021 summer intern for Community Action Works.  I am a Sophomore at Newton South High School where I am a member of the student government focusing on creating an equitable, more inclusive school community. I am passionate about environmental justice and its convergence with social equity.  I firmly believe in the power of local communities to unite against all forms of injustice and enact meaningful, lasting change.  In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.

Email: lily@communityactionworks.org

Katlyn Tagliabue


Policy Research Intern

Katlyn Tagliabue

Policy Research Intern

Katlyn Tagliabue is the summer 2021 Policy Research Intern for Community Action Works. She is a junior at the University of Vermont studying Environmental Studies and Sociology and is passionate about the interconnectedness between environmental and social issues. Katlyn is an officer of UVM’s FeelGood which operates a grilled cheese deli to raise money to end extreme poverty. She is also a member of The Hunger Project’s Young Leaders Coalition. In her free time, Katlyn plays the bassoon and loves to bake.

Email: katlyn@communityactionworks.org