Mark Hays, President
Mark Hays is a Senior Advisor for Global Witness, a non-profit campaign organization that investigates and exposes the links between natural resource exploitation, conflict and corruption and works for policy changes to solve these global problems. Mark works specifically on Global Witness’ campaign to end anonymous companies – companies with hidden ownership that are used as the financial ‘getaway cars’ for corrupt deals that fuel instability, destroy the environment and perpetuate poverty around the world.
For nearly 15 years, Mark has conducted advocacy, research and campaign development work for a wide range of social change organizations, including Oxfam America, the Sierra Club, SEIU, Public Citizen, Greenpeace, NAACP, Corporate Accountability International, and more.
His work has been primarily focused on developing and implementing cutting-edge strategies to pressure corporations to end conduct that harms people and the planet and to empower people to enact local and global solutions that promote more robust corporate accountability, transparency, and sustainability.
As a campaign researcher and strategist for Corporate Accountability International, Mark led development of the award-winning campaigns that sought to protect people’s access to water and realize the human right to water around the world. In 2011, Mark also launched Public Citizen’s Democracy is For People Campaign, an initiative calling for U.S. constitutional reforms to address concerns about the undue influence of money in politics. Mark also served as Coalition Coordinator for the 2012 launch of Democracy Initiative, a new project convened by the Sierra Club, NAACP, Communications Workers of America (CWA) and Greenpeace that seeks to bring together a wide range of membership-based organizations to support efforts to protect voting rights and push back against the negative influence of special interest money in politics.
Dawn Erlandson, Vice President
Dawn Erlandson is the founder and president of Aurora Strategic Advisors, a public affairs and communications consultancy.
Dawn has 20 years of sustainability, environmental, public affairs, communications, and executive experience in Washington, D.C. and Minnesota. Dawn leads comprehensive public affairs and marketing communications efforts for many national, state and local clients.
A social entrepreneur, Dawn launched two non-profit organizations focused on sustainable development – one in the Great Plains region and one nationally. Dawn served as Market Mechanisms Coordinator for the President’s Council on Sustainable Development under Bill Clinton and as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Donald W. Riegle (D-MI).
Steve Sherman, Treasurer
Steven, a resource economist and consultant, is a leading technical and policy expert on the management of municipal organics such as food scraps and yard trimmings.
Having worked on municipal organics program development since the late 1980s, his consulting, research, operations, policy, education and training efforts has helped to lay the groundwork for food scraps management as a cornerstone of zero waste and advanced recycling efforts taken by local governments.
Several of his clients, including San Francisco, Portland, and Alameda County (CA) Waste Management Authority, have won state and national awards for their leadership in organics management (e.g., food scraps composting and anaerobic digestion, plastic bag restrictions, landfill bans, mandatory source separation of organics from trash). Steven was co-founder and policy director for the California Organics Recycling Council. He received his B.A. from Yale College and M.S. in Resource Economics from Cornell University.
David Stitzhal, Secretary
He is a Board member and past President of the Washington Toxics Coalition, a board member of the Washington Citizens for Resource Conservation, and a founding member of the National Waste Prevention Coalition.
He served as one of the stakeholders of the groundbreaking National Electronics Product Stewardship Initiative, and is currently involved in program work as well as state and national policy development for the take-back of unwanted medications.
Matt Prindiville, Executive Director
Matt joined UPSTREAM in 2011. He is a social entrepreneur, policy expert and campaign strategist who has helped develop and coordinate efforts to advance safer chemicals policy, toxics-use reduction and product stewardship throughout the United States.
Prindiville has nearly 15 years of experience in advancing policies to hold corporations accountable for the environmental and social impacts of what they produce. He brings a wealth of technical knowledge on creating and implementing EPR legislation as well as real-world practical experience in running successful advocacy campaigns, building broad coalitions, and working with stakeholders from every side of the issue.
Prior to joining UPSTREAM, Matt spent eight years as Clean Production Project Director and Legislative Director, for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. He has been at the forefront of initiatives to pass groundbreaking recycling programs for electronics and mercury containing products, the phase out of lead, mercury and toxic brominated flame retardants and the advancement of the nation’s first comprehensive chemicals assessment program at the state level. He has founded and built several national coalitions and campaigns to make industry responsible for the environmental impacts of their products. Most recently, Prindiville developed the Make It, Take It Campaign, a collaborative effort to pressure consumer goods companies to take responsibility for their packaging waste.
He has extensive experience in developing and communicating advocacy messages to diverse audiences, including elected officials, business leaders, the press and the public. He has helped author and pass many groundbreaking laws by negotiating with multiple stakeholders to find common ground while pushing for the strongest and most transformative policies that are backed up with sound evidence and research.
Jon Hinck is an environmentalist, lawyer and politician. His environmental affiliations include cofounding Greenpeace USA in 1972, directing Greenpeace International, and acting as staff attorney for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine’s leading environmental advocacy group. Between 2006 and 2012, Jon served in the Maine legislature as a State Representative, and in 2013 was elected At-Large City Councilor for Portland, Maine. At NRCM, Jon worked to promote renewable energy, control mercury pollution and remove chemical hazards from Maine schools.
In 2004, he led a successful effort to enact a landmark electronic waste law that allows Mainers to turn in old computer monitors and TVs to be recycled in an environmentally sound manner at manufacturer, not taxpayer, expense. During his legal career, Jon successfully represented commercial fishermen after the Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill and, later, Maine well owners harmed by MTBE groundwater contamination. Jon is a 1990 graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California Berkeley, where he was an associate editor of and published in the California Law Review. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History in 1976 from the University of Pennsylvania.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Marion is a graduate of New York University and has lived in Europe but mostly in California for decades, beginning with 10 years in Motion Picture and Television, producing both documentaries and features.
For the last 25 years she has been focusing on environmental issues in philanthropy, looking especially for root cause solutions. She has been a Trustee of the Roy A Hunt Foundation for more than 35 years and is Program Officer for the Foundation’s environmental grant program, a program she helped develop.
Her interests are environmental heath, climate change, and food systems with a keen interest in policy advancement. In addition to serving on the board of UPSTREAM, she also serves on the board of Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. She formerly served on the board of Friends of the Earth for 14 years. She has been a member of Environmental Grantmakers for 20 years and has served on program committees. Marion has been a Zen and Yoga practitioner for 30 years.
Clayton Kyle has been active as both a venture capitalist and entrepreneur in the Portland area for more than 20 years.
After receiving his undergraduate degree at Princeton and an MBA from Wharton, Clayton spent eight years at Time Warner in New York, part of that time as Controller and Director of Financial Planning at HBO. He came to Maine in 1989 to acquire and turn around a small manufacturing company.
In the mid-nineties, he co-founded North Atlantic Ventures II, an equity investment firm that raised $20 million in private funding for investment in early stage companies. In 1998, Clayton was a founding partner in Hunter Panels, a Maine start up manufacturing company that achieved $70 million in revenues in four years and was later sold to a public company. He has subsequently partnered in the acquisition of several Maine companies. In 2005, he was part of an investment team that purchased the technology and developed the business model for CLYNK, a unique, convenient bottle redemption service located in 48 Hannaford supermarkets across Maine. He has operated as CLYNK’s CEO since 2008; today CLYNK is the largest redemption service in Maine and, along with its partner in Oregon, will be responsible for the collection of more than 100,000,000 containers in 2012.
Leslie Mintz Tamminen
Leslie Mintz Tamminen is a consultant for Seventh Generation Advisors, a nonprofit environmental organization in Santa Monica CA.
She is the Director of the Ocean Program, and in this capacity she facilitates the Clean Seas Coalition, a growing group of statewide environmentalists, scientists, students, and community leaders pushing California to strengthen laws reducing trash in California’s seas and on beaches.
Leslie is also a California Ocean Science Trustee. Formerly, Leslie was a special advisor to Lt. Governor John Garamendi and the Legislative Director and staff attorney for the environmental nonprofit organization Heal the Bay.