From saving butterflies to curbing diabetes, Brooking helps groups work better together to make our world more awesome. Her work involves a blend of coaching and strategic advising, meeting design and facilitation, stakeholder engagement and research, reporting, and evangelizing the benefits of systems thinking. She's been supporting the global plastic movement since 2016 and feels pretty lucky to be hosting UPSTREAM’s new podcast on plastic and our changing world.
Miriam Gordon, J.D.
Miriam has had a life-long interest in waste and toxics issues. Previously, she was the California Director of Clean Water Action between 2008 and 2016, where she launched ReThink Disposable, a program that helps food service operations reduce single use packaging. She was a leading advocate helping the Clean Seas Coalition secure 150 local bag bans and 100 foam bans, and helped ban microbeads in personal care products and secure the statewide bag ban victory in California. Working for the state, she authored the California Action Plan to Reduce Land-Based Discharges of Marine Debris and the California Marine Litter Reduction Strategy.
Julie has 25 years of experience working with non-profits and local government in organizational management, strategic planning, fundraising, and program development. Previously she has worked for the Girl Scouts in NYC, Colorado Special Olympics, US Peace Corps as an NGO Advisor, City of Savannah, Boothbay Region Land Trust, Friends of Thai Daughters and currently, UPSTREAM. Julie speaks Lithuanian, enjoys time with her family, puppy, chickens, rabbits, and goats, and chasing frisbees.
A writer, editor, and activist, Lauren is UPSTREAM's Lead Unicorn, directing our flow of magic, management, social media, and special projects. Co-leading the #BreakFreeFromPlastic Integrated Narrative group with Shilpi Chhotray, Lauren works with partner organizations to bridge the full story of plastics, from fossil fuel extraction to ocean micro-plastics. She also serves on the Break Free From Plastic US Convening Team, connecting groups working toward the same plastic-free future. Our Unicoordinator believes we can turn the tides on plastic pollution as strongly as she believes in her own unicorn powers: all the way.
Inder is a creative web marketer and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His work primarily focuses on telling stories about environmental, humanitarian and animal welfare issues. "Trophy," a 30-minute short film that raised awareness to the issue of grizzly bears being hunted for sport, was a key resource in a campaign that led to a province-wide ban on the activity in British Columbia Canada. Inder's passion for storytelling is met with a keen appreciation for technology which makes him a formidable millennial.
Matt is a social entrepreneur, policy expert and campaign strategist who has helped advance safer chemicals policy, product stewardship and packaging reduction throughout the United States. He has 20 years of experience promoting initiatives where corporations address the environmental and social impacts of what they produce. Matt brings a wealth of technical knowledge on creating and implementing legislation as well as real-world experience in running successful campaigns, building broad coalitions, and working with stakeholders from every side of an issue. He can be found mountain biking, whitewater paddling, snowboarding, and coaching his daughter's all-star basketball team.
Mark Hays is a Senior Advisor for Global Witness, a non-profit campaign organization that investigates and exposes the links between natural resource exploitation, conflict and corruption and works for policy changes to solve these global problems. Mark works specifically on Global Witness’ campaign to end anonymous companies – companies with hidden ownership that are used as the financial ‘getaway cars’ for corrupt deals that fuel instability, destroy the environment and perpetuate poverty around the world.
For nearly 15 years, Mark has conducted advocacy, research and campaign development work for a wide range of social change organizations, including Oxfam America, the Sierra Club, SEIU, Public Citizen, Greenpeace, NAACP, Corporate Accountability International, and more.
His work has been primarily focused on developing and implementing cutting-edge strategies to pressure corporations to end conduct that harms people and the planet and to empower people to enact local and global solutions that promote more robust corporate accountability, transparency, and sustainability.
Dawn Erlandson is the founder and president of Aurora Strategic Advisors, a public affairs and communications consultancy.
Dawn has 20 years of sustainability, environmental, public affairs, communications, and executive experience in Washington, D.C. and Minnesota. Dawn leads comprehensive public affairs and marketing communications efforts for many national, state and local clients.
A social entrepreneur, Dawn launched two non-profit organizations focused on sustainable development – one in the Great Plains region and one nationally. Dawn served as Market Mechanisms Coordinator for the President’s Council on Sustainable Development under Bill Clinton and as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Donald W. Riegle (D-MI).
Steven, a resource economist and consultant, is a leading technical and policy expert on the management of municipal organics such as food scraps and yard trimmings.
Having worked on municipal organics program development since the late 1980s, his consulting, research, operations, policy, education and training efforts has helped to lay the groundwork for food scraps management as a cornerstone of zero waste and advanced recycling efforts taken by local governments.
Several of his clients, including San Francisco, Portland, and Alameda County (CA) Waste Management Authority, have won state and national awards for their leadership in organics management (e.g., food scraps composting and anaerobic digestion, plastic bag restrictions, landfill bans, mandatory source separation of organics from trash). Steven was co-founder and policy director for the California Organics Recycling Council. He received his B.A. from Yale College and M.S. in Resource Economics from Cornell University.
He is a Board member and past President of the Washington Toxics Coalition, a board member of the Washington Citizens for Resource Conservation, and a founding member of the National Waste Prevention Coalition.
He served as one of the stakeholders of the groundbreaking National Electronics Product Stewardship Initiative, and is currently involved in program work as well as state and national policy development for the take-back of unwanted medications.
Jon Hinck is an environmentalist, lawyer and politician. His environmental affiliations include cofounding Greenpeace USA in 1972, directing Greenpeace International, and acting as staff attorney for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine’s leading environmental advocacy group. Between 2006 and 2012, Jon served in the Maine legislature as a State Representative, and in 2013 was elected At-Large City Councilor for Portland, Maine. At NRCM, Jon worked to promote renewable energy, control mercury pollution and remove chemical hazards from Maine schools.
In 2004, he led a successful effort to enact a landmark electronic waste law that allows Mainers to turn in old computer monitors and TVs to be recycled in an environmentally sound manner at manufacturer, not taxpayer, expense. During his legal career, Jon successfully represented commercial fishermen after the Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill and, later, Maine well owners harmed by MTBE groundwater contamination. Jon is a 1990 graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California Berkeley, where he was an associate editor of and published in the California Law Review. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History in 1976 from the University of Pennsylvania.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Marion is a graduate of New York University and worked in California for 10 years in Motion Picture and Television, producing both documentaries and features.
For the last 25 years she has been focusing on environmental issues in philanthropy, looking especially for root cause solutions. She has been a Trustee of the Roy A Hunt Foundation for more than 35 years and is Program Officer for the Foundation’s environmental grant program, a program she helped develop.
Her interests are environmental heath, climate change, and food systems with a keen interest in policy advancement. In addition to serving on the board of UPSTREAM, she also serves on the board of Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. She formerly served on the board of Friends of the Earth for 14 years. She has been a member of Environmental Grantmakers for 20 years and has served on program committees. Marion has been a Zen and Yoga practitioner for 30 years.
Clayton Kyle has been active as both a venture capitalist and entrepreneur in the Portland, Maine area for more than 25 years. After receiving his undergraduate degree at Princeton and an MBA from Wharton, Clayton spent 8 years at Time Warner in New York, part of that time as Controller and Director of Financial Planning at HBO.
In the mid '90s, he co-founded North Atlantic Ventures II, an equity investment firm that raised $20 million in private funding for investment in early stage companies. In 1998, Clayton was a founding partner in Hunter Panels, a Maine start-up manufacturing company that achieved $70 million in revenues in four years and was later sold to a public company. He has subsequently partnered in the acquisition
of several Maine companies. In 2005, he was part of an investment team that purchased the technology and developed the business model for CLYNK, a unique,
convenient bottle redemption service partnered with Hannaford supermarkets. He has operated as CLYNK’s CEO since 2008; today CLYNK operates in nearly 100 Hannaford retail locations in Maine and New York and has licensed its patented technology for use in Oregon and New Brunswick, CA.
Leslie Mintz Tamminen is a consultant for Seventh Generation Advisors, a nonprofit environmental organization in Santa Monica CA.
She is the Director of the Ocean Program, and in this capacity she facilitates the Clean Seas Coalition, a growing group of statewide environmentalists, scientists, students, and community leaders pushing California to strengthen laws reducing trash in California’s seas and on beaches.
Leslie is also a California Ocean Science Trustee. Formerly, Leslie was a special advisor to Lt. Governor John Garamendi and the Legislative Director and staff attorney for the environmental nonprofit organization Heal the Bay.