Tamara Toles O’Laughlin

Executive Director

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 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 applied 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.

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Rebecca Rehr

Public Policy & Advocacy Manager

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.

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Rebecca Ruggles


Rebecca Ruggles is the founding Director of the Maryland Environmental Health Network. Rebecca holds a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and an MBA with a concentration in public administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and serves as a board member of the Environmental Integrity Project. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Smart on Pesticides Coalition and is a member of the advocacy committee of the Maryland Public Health Association. She was formerly Director of Special Projects at Baltimore Medical System (BMSI), a community health system serving Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Rebecca consults to the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers as the coordinator of the Green Funders affinity group.