For media inquiries, contact Ivy Sager-Rosenthal at ivy@toxicfreefuture.org.

 

Laurie Valeriano

Laurie Valeriano

Executive Director

Laurie Valeriano has worked for Toxic-Free Future since 1995. She has worked to pass strong environmental health policies at the state level for more than 20 years. During those years she has led successful campaigns to ban toxic flame retardants, and adopt the strongest standards in the nation for toxic chemicals in toys and children’s products. Laurie received her B.A in Political Science from the State University at Albany in 1991. She lives in Seattle with her three children and loves to practice yoga, fish, and cook delicious meals with friends and family.
Contact: lvaleriano@toxicfreefuture.org or (206) 632-1545 ext. 114

Amanda Auger

Amanda Auger

Administrative Director

Amanda Auger joined the staff of Toxic-Free Future in 2011 after moving to Seattle from Portland, OR, where she worked as Accounting Manager at Grand Central Baking Co. Amanda started out in the nonprofit field in 1988 with Seeds of Peace in Berkeley, CA, as an organizer and direct activist with a focus on homelessness, nuclear testing, and unsustainable logging practices. A move to Northeast Florida led to community organizing against destructive land development practices, earning her a Sierra Club citizen’s award for environmental conservation. Returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2005, Amanda redirected her focus to accounting and finance, and now enjoys working behind the scenes, creating solid administrative infrastructure for folks who get out there and do good work. Amanda is currently pursuing a path toward WA state CPA licensure. Contact: aauger@toxicfreefuture.org or (206) 632-1545 ext 110

Anya Callahan

Senior Campaigner

Anya Callahan comes to Toxic-Free Future from Texas where she worked in the Texas State Legislature and on several advocacy campaigns. Most recently, she directed the launch of Deeds Not Words, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’ women’s empowerment nonprofit. Her prior work includes running a land conservation campaign in rural West Texas, serving as legislative director for a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, and working as a researcher on Senator Davis’ gubernatorial campaign. She has also organized for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. Originally from Oregon, Anya has expertise in coalition building and organizational development and is passionate about grassroots organizing and social justice. Contact: acallahan@toxicfreefuture.org or (206) 632-1545 ext 112

Ellie Humphries

Ellie Humphries

Outreach Director

Ellie Humphries has thirteen years of experience in program management, fundraising, public outreach, and policy work for nonprofits and public agencies. She most recently worked as Senior Associate for The Pew Charitable Trusts’ U.S. Arctic Program, where she focused on Arctic conservation policy through community and science based solutions. Before Pew, Ellie was the Special Projects Coordinator for NOAA’s Washington Sea Grant and served as Assistant Director of the Harvard Varsity Club. She also taught high school biology in Rome, Italy. Ellie has a Masters of Public Administration in environmental policy from the University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and a B.A. in biological anthropology from Harvard College. Ellie loves being near water, meeting new people, playing sports, being a sports fan, and enjoying time with her friends, amazing husband, and family. She believes strongly in peoples’ right to a healthy environment. Contact: ehumphries@toxicfreefuture.org or (206) 632-1545 ext. 117

Sonja “Nash” Murray

Sonja “Nash” Murray

Gifts Officer

Sonja “Nash” Murray hails from the east coast where she developed her commitment to environmental health in college witnessing the devastation of the Valdez oil spill in Alaska. A long-time asthma sufferer, “bad air days” take on a personal significance; cementing her desire to working to remove harmful exposure while reducing the sheer number of poisons to which we are exposed on a daily basis. She moved to Seattle in 1990. Since that time, she ran grassroots fundraising campaigns, worked ballot measures, and appreciates the power of donors’ support to fund advocacy and change. Nash worked with the State PIRGs, Passages Northwest, MoveOn.org, CoolMom.org to affect change and is excited to be part of the team building the foundation for Toxic Free Future to continue to make Washington State a leader. She spends time with her husband and son enjoying the outdoors and Legos. Contact: snmurray@toxicfreefuture.org or (206) 632-1545 ext. 118

Ivy Sager-Rosenthal

Ivy Sager-Rosenthal

Communications Director

Ivy Sager-Rosenthal has worked for TFF since 2005, but never in the role she went into school debt for: attorney. This is just fine with her. Ivy has worked on environmental health advocacy campaigns for over 16 years, perfecting her skills at setting up a 30-foot inflatable yellow duck and baby bottle in front of the state Capitol; lobbying legislators in a superhero cape; and, sometimes to her children’s dismay, honing her ability to spot toxic toys from afar. After switching careers for a few years to stay-at-home mom, she re-joined TFF in 2017 because stay-at-home parenting is harder than debunking chemical industry myths. She also recognizes that a Trump Presidency requires all hands on deck. Ivy has also worked for WashPIRG, People for Puget Sound, Safer States, and the Wisconsin Legislature. Ivy lives in Issaquah with her husband, two boys, dog, and cat. She can be found most weekends standing on the sidelines of her kids’ soccer games, hiking, sweating at yoga, baking cakes, or cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. Contact: ivy@toxicfreefuture.org or (206) 632-1545 ext. 113

Erika Schreder

Erika Schreder

Science Director

Erika Schreder has worked on the Toxic Free Future staff since 1997. Currently, she is leading the Coalition’s research on toxic chemicals in children’s products. In 2005 and 2006, she led the research for the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition’s Pollution in People study. In the past, she has led TFF’s efforts to secure protections for salmon from pesticides and to advocate for greater support for organic and sustainable agriculture. She obtained a Masters in Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in molecular biology from MIT. Prior to joining the staff, she worked as a stream and wetland ecologist. Contact: eschreder@toxicfreefuture.org or (206) 632-1545 ext. 119

Brennan Smith

Brennan Smith

Database Manager

Brennan Smith joined the staff in 2017 after most recently working as the campaign manager for Congressman Rick Larsen’s 2014 and 2016 re-election campaigns. Brennan has worked as a campaign professional for progressive candidates and causes since 2010. A native Washingtonian, Brennan returned home in 2014 after completing his B.A. in political science with minors in communications studies and ethics from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Brennan is passionate about fighting for clean water, social justice, and gun violence prevention. He currently lives in Everett with his partner, Elizabeth. They are avid fans of the Seattle Sounders and Dallas Cowboys and love traveling. Contact: bsmith@toxicfreefuture.org or (206) 632-1545 ext. 116

Nancy Uding

Nancy Uding

Program Director

Nancy Uding joined the TFF staff in 2013. Nancy serves as a program director in TFF’s science and research work and she manages TFF’s grants program.   Nancy has professional experience in hazardous waste management and in waste water engineering. She has a BS in Ecosystems Analysis from Huxley College of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University and an MSE in Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington. Nancy also recently became a licensed practitioner of Clean Production Action’s GreenScreen method of chemical hazard assessment. Through Nancy’s years accumulating parenting experience with the three “A’s” – autism, asthma, and ADHD – she also had a unique opportunity to serve as a co-investigator in a research project at Seattle Children’s Hospital testing the efficacy of a class for parents of children with special health care needs. Over the years Nancy has also worked on environmental issues, women’s issues, and in international social justice. Nancy is currently enjoying her status as an empty-nester, and she loves international travel. Contact: nuding@toxicfreefuture.org or (206) 632-1545 ext. 123