Tamara Toles O’Laughlin

Executive Director

Tamara  Toles O’Laughlin is an environmental advocate focused on health, equity, access, and justice. She comes to MdEHN with a wide breadth of knowledge and service experience in the environmental community. She serves as the Vice President of Professional Development of DC EcoWomen and is the Vice Chair and state representative on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Women’s Voices for the Earth.
Tamara most recently completed a fellowship at the District Department of Energy and Environment where she led and facilitated an Environmental Justice Working Group, and developed legislative and policy recommendations related to EJ, childhood lead screening and reporting, municipal storm water, renewable energy and waste disposal programs. Prior to that, Tamara served as the Energy Communications Manager at the Maryland Energy Administration, in Annapolis, where she led planning and development of programmatic communications, working primarily with Maryland state agencies and the Office of the Governor.
Tamara graduated from the Vermont Law School in 2009, with a Juris Doctor and Masters of Environmental Law and Policy. In the past she has held positions with the 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. Tamara is committed to environmental advocacy and capacity building for vulnerable communities, with particular emphasis on poverty work and services to the chronically underserved. She has worked for over fifteen years to promote the principles of environmental justice, with particular attention to community capacity building, mobilization, equity of enforcement, and environmental health.

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Allison Rich

Program Manager

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.

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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.