Tamara Toles O’Laughlin is an environmental advocate focused on health, equity, access, and justice. Her niche is developing capacity building programs and the creation of multimedia campaigns to dismantle privilege and increase opportunities for vulnerable populations to access health air, clean energy, and a toxic free economy at the local, regional and national level.
Tamara casts a wide net in service to community. Among her activities, she is the incoming Co-chair of DC Eco Women, serving 6000 professional women in the environment, and she is 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. Women’s Voices disrupts industry standards by forcing ingredient disclosure and the elimination of toxic chemicals from personal care products.
Tamara graduated from the Vermont Law School in 2009, with a Juris Doctor and Masters of Environmental Law and Policy.
Tamara 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 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.
Allison Rich is the Program Manager for the Maryland Environmental Health Network and became the first full-time MdEHN staff member in fall 2012. She is a graduate of Goucher College with a degree in Communications and Environmental Studies. Prior to joining MdEHN, Allison served as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member to co-found the Green Schools Network in the Office of Engagement at Baltimore City Public Schools. She is a produced playwright, and has worked previously as a health educator, environmental educator, writer, community organizer, and researcher on jaguar populations. She serves on the Education Committee for the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), is the Chair of The Filbert Street Garden Board of Directors, and sits on the Board of the Environmental Justice Partnership. Allison currently serves as the co-chair of the Education, Communications, and Outreach work group of the Maryland Climate Change Commission.
Rebecca Rehr is the Public Policy & Advocacy Manager for the Maryland Environmental Health Network. She holds an MPH from the University of Maryland School of Public Health Institute for Applied Environmental Health, where she focused on environmental justice and health disparities in Maryland. Rebecca graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute before earning her BA in Environmental Studies and Public Policy from Franklin and Marshall College. She served for two years as a fellow in the Office of Children’s Health Protection at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and has worked in the past for both the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Rebecca is a Commissioner on the Maryland Commission for Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities and is the current Chair of the Maryland Public Health Association Advocacy Committee.