Leadership

DC EcoWomen is an exclusively volunteer-run organization. We are who we are today thanks to our Executive Board members and the help of volunteers beyond our Board. Learn about the committees that make DC EcoWomen a well-oiled machine and the rock-star women who run them.

Meet our Board Members

Co-Chairs

Finance and Operations

Communications Committee

Membership Committee

Professional Development Committee

Programs Committee

Interested in joining the Executive Board for DC EcoWomen? Learn more about the commitment and opportunities by reading our volunteer and board member handbook.

April Martin; Co-Chair

April MartinApril D. Martin attended the Notre Dame of Maryland University, an all women’s liberal arts school in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her BA in International Business and worked in the financial industry after graduation. Shortly after completing her undergraduate degree she received her Masters from Johns Hopkins University.

Throughout her professional career, April has worked to expand her knowledge of education and best practices through the various organizations she has had the opportunity to serve. From designing and implementing innovative curriculum for youth with Harvard University’s W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Studies, to managing an evidence-based pregnancy prevention program with The Children’s Aid Society of New York, she has dedicated her career to helping students and families.

April has worked closely with government agencies, foundations, schools, and partner organizations on the integration of environmental education programs. She is a fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program and part-time runner. She has a passion for outdoor education and sustainable food production. Besides enjoying running and biking around DC, she also enjoys college football (War Eagle) and good southern food.

April Daniels-Martin grew up in Alabama and is a life long Auburn Fan, War Eagle.
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Tamara Toles O’Laughlin; Co-Chair

TDTO 2015.3Tamara is an environmental advocate focused on health, equity, access, and justice.

She casts a wide net in service to community. Among her activities, she is the Executive Director of the Maryland Environmental Health Network (MdEHN), Co-chair of DC Eco Women, and the Vice Chair and DC representative on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee. Tamara also serves as a Director on the Board of Directors of Women’s Voices for the Earth based in Missoula, Montana.

Tamara graduated from the Vermont Law School in 2009, with a Juris Doctor and Masters of Environmental Law and Policy.

She has worked for over fifteen years to embed the principles of environmental justice into environmental work, with attention to community capacity building, mobilization, equity of enforcement, and environmental health.

Prior to taking the helm at MdEHN she held various positions with distinguished organizations including the District Department of Energy and Environment in Washington DC, the Maryland Energy Administration, Advisory Council of Historic Preservation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Center on Race, Poverty and Environment, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, among others. Prior to relocation to the Mid-Atlantic Tamara served as the Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable Douglas A. Brady and Senior Sitting Judge Julio A. Brady.
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Stephanie Milbergs; VP of Finance and Operations

Stephanie Milbergs is passionate about working closely with others to find sustainable business solutions to pervasive societal and environmental issues. In her current role as a management consultant, she loves approaching client and organizational challenges from a human-centered perspective and using the principles of agile development, systems and design thinking, and innovation in her work. She has 13 years of global, diverse experience spanning technology, financial services, energy, logistics and supply chain, higher education and the international development sectors.

Stephanie is a DC native who has also spent time living, working, and studying in Latvia, France, the Pacific Northwest, New York City, Silicon Valley, and the Hudson Valley. She holds undergraduate degrees in International Relations and French from the University of Virginia and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School, formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute/Pinchot University. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and son and exploring all that DC has to offer outdoors, particularly the National Arboretum.

You can find her on Twitter @smilbergs and on LinkedIn.

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Reyna Askew; Finance and Operations

Reyna Professional Profile PicReyna is from the Cleveland area, where her love for the environment first emerged. Reyna is passionate about increasing clean energy access in underserved communities, which led her to begin volunteering with the solar power non-profit, GRID Alternatives, where she now works as Corporate and Individual Giving Coordinator.

Before working at GRID, Reyna taught environmental classes and lead seasonal hikes as a Summer Camp Naturalist at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She holds a BA degree in International Relations from the Ohio State University and an MA in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Reyna also completed internships with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Energy.

A true lover of animals and nature, Reyna can be seen in her free time, hanging out on roof decks or hiking with her dog, September, in Rock Creek Park.
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Laura Belazis; Finance and Operations

Laura grew up in the DC area, and developed a deep commitment to the environment at a young age by hiking and exploring nature at every opportunity. She is passionate about the social determinants of health, which she channeled through her experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique, and led her to pursue a Master of Public Health at JHSPH. She is a program evaluator and designs national trainings for The Campus Kitchens Project and DC Central Kitchen. In her free time, Laura can be found hiking, cooking, reading, being crafty and traveling.
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Cassidy Pillow; Finance and Operations

Originally from Florida, Cassidy acquired a love of sitting near large bodies of water early on, a practice she keeps up every opportunity she gets (see picture). Farther inland, Cassidy enjoys adventurous eating, reading good and bad novels, analyzing current events and outdoor exercise of all kinds.

Two years ago, Cassidy moved to Washington D.C. after graduating from the University of Virginia where she studied Anthropology and Environmental Studies and practiced sustainable agriculture on land Thomas Jefferson once cultivated. After completing one year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Food Recovery Network, Cassidy joined the fundraising team at League of Conservation Voters where she still works today. This is her second year on the Board of DC EcoWomen, and she’s thrilled to continue creating community for like-minded professional women throughout the DC area.
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Jennifer Witherspoon; VC of Communications

Jennifer is a native Californian, though she grew up globetrotting as part of a military family. She’s traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America even traveling from DC through Central America while living in a van! Jennifer has worked on environmental issues for two decades and started Sage Consulting, her own communications-consulting firm in 2013. She studied political science at George Mason University. You can find her on Twitter @jenwitdc and LinkedIn. 
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Zoie Diana; Communications

Zoie is from Greensburg, a former coal town located outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended undergrad nearby at Allegheny College in Meadville (home of the zipper), where she double-majored in Environmental Science and Philosophy. Zoie couldn’t get enough of school so after graduating from Allegheny, she went straight to earn her Master of Coastal Environmental Management at Duke University where she spent a significant amount of time knee-deep in mud, trying to capture worms on the Carolina coast. Zoie has experience in marine biology, studying barnacle adhesive for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and marine invertebrate zoology for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Zoie currently works as an Environmental Scientist at Solv, specializing in federal National Environmental Policy Act compliance. Outside of her career at Solv, Zoie is an avid traveler, pianist, biker, and busy parent of a two-year old cat Otis. You can find her on Twitter @ZoieDiana
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Loren Dowd; Communications

A Pacific to Atlantic transplant, Loren was born and raised in Hawai`i on the island of Oahu. Growing up hiking, spending time at the beach, and participating in Girl Scouts, she cultivated a love of the natural world that she has carried with her into adulthood. After graduating from Brown University in 2016 with a BA in English, she took her love of writing and the environment to DC, where she now works as the Communications Coordinator for the Office of the President at The Nature Conservancy.

Loren loves working with others to make the world a better place, spending time with friends and family, exploring and traveling, and making a mess in the kitchen baking and meal-prepping. She can spend hours shopping for notebooks and pens, always welcomes good book recommendations, and is fascinated by snow. She is excited to take on this new leadership role with DC EcoWomen. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @loveeloren.
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Jackie Marks; Communications

Jackie Marks caught the travel bug at an early age as a child of the foreign service and Third Culture Kid  (half dutch, half filipino) and has lived in Africa, Asia, North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. Through her travels, she developed a deep interest in the natural world and decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at Pace University in New York, followed by a master’s degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development at American University and the University for Peace in Costa Rica. Jackie currently leads PR outreach for the Marine Stewardship Council, the standard setter for sustainable seafood, and is a strong believer in using communications for positive change. She previously held positions focusing on a range of environmental and international development issues including cocoa sustainability, fisheries, coral conservation, and sea turtle management. Jackie is a proud homeowner in DC where she loves gardening, inventing new ice cream flavors, doing yoga with cats, sampling craft beer and planning her next adventure. Find Jackie on Twitter @JackieMarks & LinkedIn.
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Adrienne Harris; VC of Membership

AdrienneAdrienne Harris is a proud Army “brat,” who grew up throughout the southern U.S., Africa and Europe. Her nomadic childhood allowed her to appreciate many cultures and environments. Adrienne earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Spelman College and a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University. Her love for water and public health has led her to a career as an environmental protection specialist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Adrienne is excited to lead the Membership and Outreach committee to help grow and sustain DC EcoWomen for the next phase of the organization. In her spare time, Adrienne enjoys exploring the city, learning new recipes, attending documentary screenings and travelling the world (her goal is to see every continent). 
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Stacy Knight; Membership

Stacy Knight is a marine scientist with expertise in fisheries sustainability, ecosystem restoration, environmental science, and conservation biology. Much of her career has been in front facing science and has involved extensive interaction with the public. She has worked for Walt Disney World as an Aquatic Researcher studying coral ecosystems and fish health and has rehabilitated hundreds of injured sea turtles while working for Sea World’s rescue program. She has experience writing technical reports for Seafood Watch and as an Adjunct Professor in environmental science.

Stacy grew up in Des Moines, IA and moved to Orlando, FL for graduate school and a career in marine science. She recently moved to D.C. to apply her diverse science skills to the environmental policy arena, and currently, works for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership on the Political Affairs team. She is passionate about science literacy and enjoys making science and policy understandable to the public, politicians, and scientists.

A science nerd at heart, she loves nature, the ocean, and photography. In her free time, she can be found enjoying local restaurants, sampling craft beers, and taking landscape photographs.

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Danielle Lien; Membership

Danielle is an environmentalist and burgeoning social justice advocate.  Originally from Southern California, she lives in Northwest, DC. She currently works in climate finance at Conservation International’s Green Climate Fund Agency, supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation projects that respond to developing country needs. She holds a B.A. in Biology with a Minor in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego and an M.A. in Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University. Danielle is an alumnus of Semester at Sea and avid traveler. She is a science-fiction enthusiast and self-proclaimed foodie. You can follow her on Twitter @daniellemlien.
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Shengyin Xu; Membership

Shengyin Xu, LEED AP BD+C, AIA Associate, is the Sustainability Manager for World Resources Institute (WRI), a global environmental think-tank. At WRI, she leads the strategy and implementation of the Sustainability Initiative, which works with staff from across the global network to measure, reduce, and communicate the environmental impacts of the organization. Projects include the green office renovation, sustainable purchasing, carbon tax on business travel, zero-waste initiative, bike commute program, and vegetarian food policy.  For over 10 years, Shengyin has worked in sustainability management, architecture, capital project management.  Her work centers on the use of collaborative processes to facilitate culture change and data visualization to help tell the story of sustainability.

Shengyin is originally from the DMV region, but spent ten years in Minnesota introducing and integrating sustainability management for a network of museums and historic sites.  Her hobbies include traveling, exploring art museums, trying new foods, and shopping in used book stores.  One of her favorite travel spots is Portugal, where she loves the variety of historic ocean-side towns and port wine. You can find her on Twitter @ShengyinXu.
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Claire Garvin; VC of Professional Development

Claire developed a love for nature and a civic commitment to keep the environment clean, safe, and beautiful at an early age, through picking up litter in her Pittsburgh neighborhood and on family beach vacations. She intimately appreciated the value of fresh, clean air through time outside horseback riding and jogging, and the value of clean water through visits to her farming family who rely on well water. Along with her major studies in American history and foreign policy, she delved into environmental law at Barnard College where she sampled water on the Hudson River and learned about the laws that were implemented so that it doesn’t catch on fire anymore. After five years in Manhattan she was attracted to D.C.’s plentiful green spaces and vibrant policy scene, and came to work for Earthjustice for several years. A stint in Brussels to work for the European Commission gave her a more global understanding of laws, regulations, and enforcement mechanisms. Claire currently works for the Department of Justice, in Human Rights and Special Prosecutions, and is involved in several community organizations that work to make Metropolitan DC safer, more enjoyable, and more environmentally responsible. She is passionate about good policy, sound planning, efficient use of resources, and raising women’s voices in the public sphere. She can be found at French or Italian conversational meetups, checking out books from the library, or riding around on her bicycle. 
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Renee Albrecht; Professional Development

Renee grew up in the suburbs of Chicago where her commitment to environmental conservation developed through the careful observation of the insects, plants, and wildlife in her backyard. Inspired by her childhood observations, she is passionate about creating urban environments that are conducive to birds, pollinators, and migratory species.

Prior to moving to DC, Renee studied biology and music at Indiana University where she had the opportunity to research and restore urban forest fragments while working with the Bloomington Urban Woodlands Project. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Nevada where she conducted field research in the Mojave Desert with the U.S. Geological Survey. Currently, Renee supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. In her free time, Renee enjoys camping, singing, hiking, and photography.

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Sara Murrill; Professional Development

Sara is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to spend her time exploring trails, climbing mountains, and camping. Originally from Mechanicsville, Virginia, she got hooked on the Appalachian mountains while studying Natural Resources Conservation at Virginia Tech. Currently, Sara works for the National Park Foundation, with the Major Giving team. Previously, she has done social science research on federal lands across the country, including 11 national parks. From the lush green forests of Mt. Rainier, to the serene red desert beauty of Zion, to living a tent in the epic backcountry of Yosemite, Sara has been fortunate to live and work in some of our nation’s most treasured places. Sara loves pikas, mountain goats, wildflowers, poetry, writing, and spending time with friends and family. She and her husband foster guinea pigs for Small Angels Rescue. Sara is also the volunteer coordinator for the Bonobo Conservation Initiative.

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Larissa Walker; Professional Development

Larissa has spent her career working on a variety of environmental conservation efforts, ranging from protecting wildlife, to advocating for clean water and a healthier food system, to now working to safeguard some of our most cherished places – national parks.

Larissa is currently the Director of Outreach and Engagement for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) where she works to protect and preserve national parks and cultivate a strong base of national parks advocates. Prior to NPCA, Larissa was a program director at Center for Food Safety, a national sustainable agriculture organization, where she ran campaigns focused on protecting bees and other pollinators. In previous roles, she has worked with Riverkeeper and the Nature Conservancy.

Larissa holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. Originally from the Hudson Valley region in New York, Larissa is now a proud DC resident and a big proponent of visiting the National Arboretum, NPR HQ, the Postal Museum, and Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. You can find her on Twitter @LarissWalker.
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Melissa Lembke; VP of Programs

LembkeLeaving her Midwest roots, Melissa journeyed to Washington DC after studying at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She currently works at the U.S. Green Building Council as a Program Project Manager. In addition to her passion for green buildings and the environment, Melissa is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). She has previously worked at nonprofit organizations, an international law firm, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and Union Station producing high-quality, high-impact events, galas, conference, retreats, receptions and dinners.
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Meg Hathaway; Programs

Meg HathawayMargaret (Meg) Hathaway is a policy analyst and project facilitator specializing in environmental affairs.  In her professional capacity as Chemical Review Manager for the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs, Meg overviews risk management efforts for pesticides registered in the US.  Her educational background includes a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) and a Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs as well as an MA in Anthropology from University College London.  In addition to her work with DC EcoWomen, Meg’s resume of local volunteer work includes serving as a member of the Woodend 2065 Council for the Audubon Naturalist Society and assembling packages for the DC Books to Prisons Project.  In the past she has also completed estuary restoration projects in New Zealand, researched army ants in Costa Rica, and drafted public communications on water quality and PCB contamination for the City of Bloomington, Indiana.  In her spare time she loves social dancing and is currently learning to speak Korean.
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Caroline Howe; Programs

Caroline Howe is a sustainability entrepreneur and educator, and is currently a Sustainability Innovation specialist at the University of DC. Her current work focuses on training and supporting the growing entrepreneurial workforce of both students and community members, specifically in food, food recovery and waste management businesses. She has started and mentored social enterprises in India, Nicaragua, Spain and the US.  Over the past 15 years, she has worked in diverse environmental sectors around the world — energy, water, waste, food and green events — engaging young people and communities in combining technical, social and economic solutions to solve their local challenges.

Caroline holds a Masters in City Planning from MIT, and degrees in Mechanical & Environmental Engineering from Yale. She has served on boards for the Indian Youth Climate Network, the Udall Alumni Association and SustainUS. She volunteers as a host for the Dinner Party, bringing together young people who have experienced loss, an organizer for the East Coast Greener Minds Summit, and as a community composter in her neighborhood community garden. She loves teaching and performing improv, dancing salsa, bicycling and kayaking. Find her on LinkedIn

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Grace Song; Programs

An urban dweller, Grace has always lived in cities like Chicago, NYC, Buenos Aires, and is now a resident Washington DC. Grace is passionate about growing more natural and sustainable food systems that are supporting our food deserts. She is an advocate for local agriculture and protecting programs and policies that are helping end hunger and poverty in communities. Grace received her Bachelor of Science at NYU, studying nutrition and public health policy. Her work experience ranges from local nonprofit, city government, national food publication, and various restaurant and local food businesses. She currently works as a corporate fundraising manager at Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit organization focused on ending childhood hunger in America.

Grace enjoys cooking and baking for friends and family, training for her next marathon, and volunteering at other local DC nonprofits. She can also be found exploring new restaurants around the city or at @sayingrace on Instagram and Twitter.
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