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 vice chair and 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 varying 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.


Yinka Bode-George

Program Manager

Yinka Bode- George is the Program Manager for the Maryland Environmental Health Network. She holds an Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Health Science Degree Program in Environmental Health and brings a great deal of energy, capacity, and local know how and experience to the position. She is enthusiastic about creating heath equity, environmental justice, and sustainable development programs, policy, and embedding it’s practice. Before joining MdEHN, Yinka served as a consultant for CommonHealth ACTION, providing technical assistance for the development of health equity training programs and leadership development institutes.

Yinka has worked in various capacities in support of programs that promote health outcomes and undo drivers of health inequities in Baltimore City. In recent years, she worked on issues of cardiovascular disease and lead poisoning in the Baltimore City Health Department’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention. Yinka has facilitated various community health intervention programs through Johns Hopkins School of Public Health’s Community Outreach and Engagement Program, and the National Science Foundation’s Baltimore Ecosystem Study.

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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 retired from her position as lead Director of MdEHN in early 2017, but continues to consult to the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers as the coordinator of the Green Funders affinity group.