Plastic Pollution Prevention Project (P4) Coordinator
Brooking’s work has focused on building collaborative capacity in teams, organizations, and networks, with a strong focus on working with groups addressing human-environment challenges. She has been fortunate to learn with senior strategists, coaches, facilitators and process designers in her time with Adaptive Edge, Groupaya, and Ag Innovations. She has also worked in communications and leadership coaching.
Miriam Gordon, J.D.
Packaging Policy Director
Miriam has had a life-long interest in waste and toxics issues. Previously, she was the California Director of Clean Water Action between 2008 and 2016, where she launched ReThink Disposable, a program that helps food service operations reduce single use packaging. She was a leading advocate helping the Clean Seas Coalition secure 150 local bag bans and 100 foam bans, and helped ban microbeads in personal care products and secure the statewide bag ban victory in California. Working for the state, she authored the California Action Plan to Reduce Land-Based Discharges of Marine Debris and the California Marine Litter Reduction Strategy.
Julie has 20+ years of experience working with non-profits and local government in organizational management, strategic planning, fundraising, and program development. Previously she worked for the Girl Scouts in NYC, Colorado Special Olympics, US Peace Corps as an NGO Advisor, City of Savannah, Boothbay Region Land Trust, and currently Friends of Thai Daughters and UPSTREAM.
Business Manager and Development Coordinator
Our team’s newest addition is Lauren Moore, Business Manager and Development Coordinator. A writer, editor, and activist, Lauren has volunteered with Maine People’s Alliance, People’s Action, and environmental projects with her local legislators. She has been published in various magazines and journals covering a spectrum from poetry to politics. Lauren has worked in business administration for four years and is excited to use her skills advocating against plastic pollution with the UPSTREAM team.
Matt is a social entrepreneur, policy expert and campaign strategist who has helped advance safer chemicals policy, product stewardship and packaging reduction throughout the United States. He has 15 years of experience promoting initiatives where corporations address the environmental and social impacts of what they produce. Matt brings a wealth of technical knowledge on creating and implementing legislation as well as real-world experience in running successful campaigns, building broad coalitions, and working with stakeholders from every side of an issue.
Jamie Rhodes, J.D.
Jamie is an attorney and experienced environmental advocate with a long resume of successes in legislative and collaborative campaign efforts. Rhodes recently led efforts to evolve UPSTREAM’s packaging work and strategic shift to addressing the impacts of plastic on city governments. He just finished a three year term as the Chair of the Environmental Council of Rhode Island, the state’s environmental advocacy coalition.
Bill Sheehan, Ph.D.
Dr. Sheehan is a policy expert and big picture thinker who has been at the forefront of two U.S. sustainability movements – Zero Waste and Extended Producer Responsibility – over the past two decades. Bill co-founded UPSTREAM (formerly Product Policy Institute). Bill holds a Ph.D. in ecology from Cornell University and held a research position at the University of California at Berkeley before turning to sustainable materials management.