For media inquiries, contact Ivy Sager-Rosenthal at mediainquiries@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

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

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

Nancy Uding

Nancy Uding

Grants & Research Specialist

Nancy Uding joined the staff in 2013. Nancy is managing TFF’s grant program and supports TFF’s research and science program.  Nancy’s unique combination of work and life experience is well suited for TFF’s dual purpose of protecting human health and the environment.  Nancy most recently worked in research at Seattle Children’s Hospital testing the efficacy of a class for parents of children with special health care needs. She has professional experience in hazardous waste management and in waste water engineering.  Nancy has special needs parenting experience with the three “A’s” – autism, asthma, and ADHD. She has worked on environmental issues, women’s issues, in special needs parenting support, and was a trained organizer in international social justice work.  Nancy earned certificates in Fundraising and Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington in 2012, has a BS in Ecosystems Analysis from Huxley College at Western Washington University, and an MSE in Environmental Engineering from UW. Nancy enjoys spending time with her family and loves to travel.  Contact: nuding@toxicfreefuture.org or (206) 632-1545 ext. 123

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