Tamara Toles O’Laughlin (Co-Chair)

Tamara is an environmental advocate focused on equity, access and justice issues at the local, regional and national level. She lives in Washington DC and hails from Brooklyn, New York. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from The City College, City University of New York, as well as a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy and a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School.

Tamara is the Executive Director of the Maryland Environmental Health Network (MdEHN) based in Baltimore, Maryland. MdEHN improves health by minimizing exposure to environmental threats and toxic chemicals through coalition building for effective legislation and policy development.

Tamara casts a wide net in service to the environmental community with over fifteen years of cross sector work and volunteer experience. She is an executive board member and President elect of the DC chapter of EcoWomen. DC EcoWomen is a community of 6,000 professional women who inspire each other to create a healthy and equitable society. Tamara has produced the organization’s signature salon and monthly educational forum—EcoHour for over two years. Tamara is the Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee.

Tamara’s cross sector environmental experience includes a legislative fellowship with the District Department of Energy and Environment where she led an Environmental Justice (EJ) Working Group, and developed legislative and policy recommendations on EJ, childhood lead screening and reporting, municipal storm water, renewable energy and waste disposal programs.  Tamara previously worked as the Energy Communications Manager at the Maryland Energy Administration where she was a liaison for local and community outreach with Maryland state agencies and the Office of the Governor.

Tamara developed her aptitude for environmental and justice advocacy through internships with the Advisory Council of Historic Preservation, The Environmental Protection Agency, the Center on Race, Poverty and Environment, Natural Resources Defense Council, and employment with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

The thread among Tamara’s activities is the development of capacity building programs and multimedia campaigns to dismantle privilege and increase opportunities for vulnerable populations to access healthy air, clean energy, and a toxic free economy.

Tamara’s hobbies include travel, yoga, and slowly reading boring books about energy, politics, and neuroscience, and writing about civil society.