Board Members



Finance and Operations

Communications Committee

Membership Committee

Professional Development Committee

Programs Committee

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KC Stover; President

KC profile picWith a background in wildlife conservation and green business, KC is focused on creating connections between different sectors of the environmental field. A New Englander at heart, she has a B.A. in international relations and a MBA in entrepreneurship. Before moving to DC, she worked on ocean conservation issues and for a green agriculture startup. KC works at Defenders of Wildlife on a wide variety of projects including federal lands and endangered species conservation. KC is passionate about increasing leadership capacity for women in the environmental field and strengthening our network. In her free time KC enjoys gardening, travel, cooking and anything related to boats.
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Stephanie Milbergs; VP of Finance and Operations

After spending eight years in New York and the west coast, Stephanie has returned to her hometown of DC and is thrilled to connect with like-minded women wanting to make our city a more sustainable, thriving place.

She is currently a management consultant who seeks to integrate the principles of sustainability into her everyday work. She brings 12 years of diverse, global experience to DC EcoWomen and most recently was Assistant Director for Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability program. She studied International Relations and French in college and has an MBA in Sustainable Business.

In her free time, Stephanie loves to travel near and far, wander around cities and in nature, dream of bee keeping, and attempt urban gardening.
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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 at any opportunity she can (see picture). Further inland, Cassidy enjoys adventurous eating, reading good and bad novels, analyzing current events and outdoor exercise of all kinds.

In 2015, Cassidy moved to Washington DC after graduating from the University of Virginia where she studied Anthropology and Environmental Studies and practiced sustainable agriculture on land Thomas Jefferson once cultivated. Most recently, she completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Food Recovery Network where she helped college students across the country recover and donate surplus food for those in need. Now, she’s joining the fundraising team at League of Conservation Voters to elect pro-environment leaders to public office. This is her first year on the DC EcoWomen Board and she’s excited to continue to create community for like-minded professional women throughout the DC area.
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Taran Catania; VP of Communications

Taran grew up on a solar-run walnut tree farm in northern New Jersey, and so cemented her passion for environmental issues early. She currently works for the National Wildlife Federation in legislative affairs. Before moving to DC, Taran worked on shorebird research and conservation with New Jersey Audubon and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. She also has experience in endangered bird conservation with a community-based project in northern Tanzania. Taran studied government and environmental science at Wesleyan University. Her favorite things include birds, local produce, skiing, and hammocks.
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Jessica Lavash; Communications

LavashGrowing up off-the-grid in the forests of Northern California, Jessica has had a lifelong connection with the natural world. Currently, she works at the US Environmental Protection Agency supporting big data analytics and data-driven innovation. Before moving to DC, Jessica served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mexico’s El Chico National Park where she helped to build local capacity and infrastructure that supports eco-tourism. She has a Master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University’s Extension School and a Bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara in Global & International Studies. This is her second year on the Executive Board for DC EcoWomen. Her hobbies include inventing recipes, photography and anything that gives her the excuse to get outside and move, such as trail running, camping, hiking, kayaking, yoga and biking.
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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 lived in Africa, Asia, North America, the Middle East and Europe. 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 manages communications and marketing for the World Cocoa Foundation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable livelihoods for cocoa farmers. She previously held positions focusing on a range of environmental issues including 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.
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Rachael Tom; Communications

Destined to be an environmentalist from the start, Rachael was born and raised in San Francisco. She received her BA in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice from San Francisco State University. Rachael has worked at several zoological and aquarium facilities, including the California Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. She also volunteered in wildlife rehabilitation and conducted fieldwork on native wildlife. During her time in the field of animal husbandry she regularly managed blogs, social media, and marketing campaigns for various zoological institutions.  Rachael recently changed careers and is now a Social Media Specialist for an educational board game company called ThinkFun Inc.
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April Martin; VP of Membership

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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Adrienne Harris; 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 scientist with the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Adrienne is excited to join the Membership and Outreach committee and use her nonprofit board experience to help grow and retain DC EcoWomen memberships. 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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Danielle Lien; Membership

Danielle Lien HeadshotA proud Southern California native, Danielle is a recent transplant to DC. Having lived in Los Angeles, San Diego, Spain, and Hawaii, she moved to the East Coast to pursue her dream job in environmental conservation and social justice (as well as experience true seasons!). She completed her B.A. in Biology with a Minor in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego, and shortly thereafter her M.A. in Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University. Danielle is an alumnus of Semester at Sea and avid traveler. She is passionate about all things food, from sustainable agriculture to local culture to finding the perfect bagel. In her free time, she can be found exploring the city by foot, volunteering at the Smithsonian, or at a showing of the latest science fiction film.
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Shengyin Xu; Membership

Shengyin Xu is the Sustainability Manager for the World Resources Institute (WRI). She works to ensure that the WRI is on track to “walk the talk” on organizational sustainability. Working with staff from across the institution, she helps to measure, reduce, and communicate the environmental impact of the organization. This includes calculating metrics like greenhouse gas emissions from operations, developing and implementing strategies for impact reductions, and engaging internal and external stakeholders in sustainability at WRI.

Previously, Shengyin worked in architecture, capital project management, and sustainability management. In her last position, she integrated the use of greenhouse gas emissions in facility maintenance and new construction projects for a network of museums and historic sites. Through facility improvements and communication campaigns, she helped the organization achieve over 20% reductions in absolute greenhouse gas emissions over a period of five years. Her work centers on the use of data and data visualization to help tell the story of sustainability to various audiences.

Shengyin co-chairs the museum sustainability professional network (PIC Green) within the American Alliance of Museums and serves as a member of the International Council of Monuments and Sites Scientific Committee on Energy and Sustainability. She is an Associate AIA and a LEED Accredited Professional. In her free time, she enjoys exploring art museums, new restaurants, and used book stores.
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Tamara Toles O’Laughlin; VP of Professional Development

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Tamara is an environmental advocate focused on equity, access and community issues at the local, regional and national level. She lives in Northeast, DC and hails from Brooklyn, New York. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from The City College, City University of New York, as well as a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy and a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School.

Tamara casts a wide net in environmental spaces, working on capacity building to empower vulnerable populations on air, energy, and toxics issues. In addition to serving as the Vice President of Professional Development at DC EcoWomen she is a Director on the Board of Directors for Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national organization focused on removing toxics from women’s products. Tamara is also a state representative on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee, where she advocates for meaningful engagement, and the development of responsive public resources.

Tamara’s hobbies include travel, yoga, and slowly reading boring books about politics and neuroscience, and writing diatribes about what she reads.
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Ekaterina Alexandrova; Professional Development

Ekat_DCEcowomenEkaterina’s background in the environmental field spans academia, private and non-profit sectors. Her primary focus has been integrated land-use management, both on the policy front and ?the ?community engagement level. Currently, she is the Director of Board Relations at The Nature Conservancy. Ekaterina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Policy from Barnard College-Columbia University and a dual Master’s of Science degree in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State University and El Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Chiapas, Mexico.

In her free time she enjoys exploring, whether it is backpacking in the wilderness or wandering new neighborhoods in Washington D.C.
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Robin Garcia; Professional Development

robin garciaA DC native, Robin has been passionate about oceans from a young age. She has a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology for the University of Miami and a M.S. in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston (clearly she loves warm weather and beaches!). Robin is currently a Policy Analyst at NOAA and is still passionate about her research background in aquatic toxicology. A city girl at heart, Robin is also interested in connecting other city dwellers – especially those from lower income areas – with the environment that often exists in their own backyard. In her free time, Robin enjoys trying local beers, watching college football (GO CANES!), rediscovering her hometown, and referencing Portlandia whenever the opportunity presents itself. Someday soon she would also like to make use of her SCUBA certification.
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Claire Garvin; Professional Development

Claire developed a love for the environment growing up in Pennsylvania, riding horses and spending time outdoors. High school crew practice on the Schuylkill River intimately acquainted her with how polluted urban rivers can be, and she resolved to work for a clean and healthy environment. She attended Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City where she earned a degree in U.S. history (foreign policy) with a minor in environmental science. Her courses there got her fired up about environmental law and policy, especially issues regarding clean water, the waste stream, and efficient, clean energy. After five great years in New York she couldn’t take the lack of trees and not being able to see the sky, so she moved to DC to work for Earthjustice, a public interest environmental law firm. She currently works for The Aspen Institute’s Financial Security Program. In her free time, Claire enjoys speaking French and Italian, playing Sporcle, exploring the world, and riding her bicycle.
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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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Tracy Bain; Programs

Bain EcoWomen Bio PhotoBorn and raised in northern Ohio, Tracy received her undergraduate degree from Ohio University in wildlife biology. Soon after she moved to San Francisco where she developed her conservation career by working in various industries from biological consulting to environmental grant making and non-profits. She went on to earn an MS in biology studying an endangered species of salamander and its migratory behavior. Tracy’s passion for protecting endangered wildlife inspired her to move back across the United States to charming DC where she now works to end the illegal wildlife trade. In her spare, Tracy enjoys hiking, swing dancing, traveling the globe, and finding that perfect cup of coffee.
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Meg Hathaway; Programs

Meg HathawayMeg Hathaway has a background in anthropology (MA – University College London) as well as both an MPA and MSES from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. In the past she has performed estuary restoration work in New Zealand and researched army ants in Costa Rica. Now she works in Washington, DC as a risk assessor for the Environmental Protection Agency. In her spare time she loves social dancing (especially contra and swing), searching for the perfect crabcake, and traveling the world.
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Grace Song; Programs

Grace SongA recent transplant to DC, by way of NYC and Chicago, Grace is excited to start her next urban adventure. She earned her B.S. from NYU in nutrition and public health policy, focusing on local and sustainable food systems. During her semester abroad in Argentina, she also attended the University of Buenos Aires and WWOOF’d in several South American countries. Grace currently works for a nonprofit called Share Our Strength, working to end childhood hunger in America through the No Kid Hungry campaign. In her free time, Grace enjoys going on long runs around the city, checking out new restaurants, and volunteering at the farmer’s market. This is her first year on the DC EcoWomen Board.
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