We believe that the central question of our time is how human beings are going to thrive in the world without destroying the earth's ability to sustain us. In the face of enormous environmental challenges, virtually all sectors of our society are now scrambling to create solutions, and the Ecology Center plays a critical role in advancing the best models.
To do that, we do the following:
- We educate consumers to help keep their families healthy and safe.
- We push corporations to use clean energy, make safe products, and provide healthy food.
- We provide people with innovative services that promote healthy people and a healthy planet.
- We work with policymakers to establish laws that protect communities and the environment.
Meet the Ecology Center’s savvy, experienced, and tenacious staff. We believe that leadership starts right in our office, click below to learn more about our team.
Katy Adams joined the Ecology Center's education team in 2014. Advanced degrees in biology and education complement over 10 years of teaching in classrooms… Read More
Erica joined the Ecology Center in September 2015, focusing her strategic and collaborative marketing and communications approach toward making the planet… Read More
Salam joined the Ecology Center in September 2023 as the Environmental Justice Organizer. She has a background in organizing in Detroit and other parts of… Read More
Alexis Blizman has years of experience working on political and legislative campaigns in Michigan, New Mexico, and nationally to her role as Legislative… Read More
Erica Bloom has a M.S. in Environmental Health and Justice from the University of Montana. Originally from Michigan, she has worked in Michigan's… Read More
Tracey Easthope is passionate about creating positive and forward-looking solutions to our most intractable problems and about telling success stories across… Read More
Meli X. Garcia has over 15 years of experience working in the Non-Profit sector. She specializes in public health program development, policy design and… Read More
Mike Garfield has served as Director of the Ecology Center since 1993. He has led grassroots advocacy campaigns to raise over $100 million in public funds… Read More
Jeff Gearhart, M.S., has worked for over 20 years on a wide range of environmental issues, including air quality, pollution prevention, life cycle assessment… Read More
Charles Griffith has more than 20 years of experience in research and advocacy on clean energy solutions, with a focus on the automotive and transportation… Read More
Thea joined the Ecology Center in August 2021 as communications manager. She has more than ten years of experience in cause communications, non-profit… Read More
Laura joined the Ecology Center in September 2018. In addition to supporting development and operations functions, Laura is responsible for database… Read More
Elsie Lee-Robbins joined the Ecology Center as an intern in 2023, focusing on visual data storytelling to weave together written communication and visual… Read More
Brigit Macomber has worked as Finance Manager of the Ecology Center since 1999, guiding the organization’s finances through years of growth, including… Read More
Gillian has expertise analyzing materials in both academia and industry. An author of many peer-reviewed publications, she also taught university classes in… Read More
Mackenzie Munro joined the Ecology Center team in September of 2015. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in environmental… Read More
Ronza has an international experience working with local and global non-profits– particularly in the Middle East. Her experience and career focus is… Read More
Melissa Cooper Sargent, former education director of LocalMotionGreen, continues the work that she began at LocalMotionGreen while at the Ecology Center.… Read More
Kathryn joined the Ecology Center in April 2012 to expand programming in Detroit under the Healthy Food, Healthier Future Project. Kathryn is a… Read More
Katie Waters is a current University of Michigan Master in Public Policy student hailing from Marquette, Michigan. She received her bachelor’s degree in… Read More