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Beyond Pesticides Staff

Jay Feldman, Executive Director, 202-543-5450 ext. 15,
jfeldman@beyondpesticides.org

Jay is a cofounder of the organization and has served as its director since 1981. Jay dedicated himself to finding solutions to pesticide problems after working with farmworkers and small farmers through an EPA grant in 1978 to the national advocacy organization Rural America (1977-1981). Since that time, Jay has helped to build Beyond Pesticides' capacity to assist local groups and impact national pesticide policy. He has tracked specific chemical effects, regulatory actions, and pesticide law. He is very familiar with local groups working on pesticides and has helped develop successful strategies for reform in local communities. His work with media has helped to bring broader public understanding of the hazards of pesticides. Jay has a Masters in urban and regional planning with a focus on health policy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1977), and a B.A. from Grinnell College (1975) in political science.

Nichelle Harriott, Staff Scientist, 202-543-5450 ext. 20,
nharriott@beyondpesticides.org

With a B.S. in chemistry and environmental science (Morgan State University, 2005) and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy (George Mason University, 2007), Nichelle joined Beyond Pesticides as an intern in the summer of 2007, having previously worked with several conservation and public health issues, and then joined the staff as a research associate. Nichelle has also worked as a chemistry teaching assistant at GMU and co-authored a technical report on water quality issues in wetland systems.

Aimee Simpson, Policy Director and Staff Attorney, 202-543-5450 ext. 19,
asimpson@beyondpesticides.org

Aimee comes to Beyond Pesticides with experience in both environmental policy and general litigation and a passion for protecting people, animals, and the environment from dangerous and unnecessary toxins and pesticides. Previously, a Policy Analyst for the Center for Progressive Reform, Aimee worked on Clean Water Act enforcement, endocrine disruptors, toxics reforms, food and product safety, and agricultural practices and regulations reforms. Before her time as an environmental policy analyst, Aimee worked as an Associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Schertler & Onorato LLP. Aimee holds a J.D. from William & Mary Law School and a B.A., magna cum laude with distinction, in English Literature from Boston University. Aimee is a local Capitol Hill resident and sits on a the board of a local pesticide-free, community park and garden. She enjoys gardening, cooking, writing, and spending time in the outdoors with her husband, son, and yellow lab.

Stephanie Davio, Program Director, 202-543-5450 ex. 21,
sdavio@beyondpesticides.org

Prior to joining Beyond Pesticides in July 2009, Stephanie applied her passion for public education and environmental sustainability in all aspects of her life, including her work as the assistant to the Executive at The Center for Food Safety and International Center for Technology Assessment in Washington, DC. She loves fresh, local food and currently spends her weekends administering food stamps to customers at a DC farmers market. She graduated with a B.A. inanthropology and environmental studies at Michigan State University in 2006, where she was very active in environmental justice and sustainable agricultural issues on campus and in the community.

Xoco Shinbrot, Program Associate, 202-543-5450 ext. 14
xshinbrot@beyondpesticides.org

Before joining Beyond Pesticides, Xoco (pronounced Sho-ko) worked in various fields related to agriculture, carbon markets and water quality. She graduated from McGill University with a B.A. in Environment and International Development, and moved on to earn her M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. In the interim, she had the opportunity to contribute to research at Trinity College Dublin on a project to understand how water level changes impacted invertebrate communities. She then moved to D.C. to finish her Masters, and began working with the World Wildlife Fund where she analyzed the social, environmental, and economic risks to investing and sourcing agricultural commodities internationally.

Drew Toher, Public Education Associate, 202-543-5450 ext. 18
dtoher@beyondpesticides.org

Drew was brought in as a full time staff member for the public education associate position after first arriving as an intern. Previous work at a certified organic heirloom tomato farm and Mid-Atlantic region farm club cultivated Drew’s determination to spread the word about the benefits of organic production, and the hazards of pesticide use. Drew graduated with a B.A. in Global Affairs, concentration in the Environment, from George Mason University, where he is currently pursuing a M.S. in Environmental Management.

Matt Wallach, IPM in Health Care Facilities Project Director
mwallach@beyondpesticides.org
Matt joined Beyond Pesticides in 2011 as the Project Director for the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Health Care Facilities Project, a partnership of the Maryland Pesticide Network and Beyond Pesticides. Matt has a long standing commitment to public education and activism and has a background in environmental health and safety issues. Before joining Beyond Pesticides, Matt previously worked as Program Coordinator for Citizens Campaign for the Environment in New York State where he worked on local, state, and regional campaigns to reduce pesticide use, conserve open space, and ensure a clean water supply. Additionally, Matt served on several coalitions dedicated to the protection of water resources. Matt earned an M.A. in Urban Planning from Hunter College in New York City and a B.A. in Geography from George Washington University in Washington D.C.

Matt Porter, Research Associate, 202-543-5450 ext. 11
mporter@beyondpesticides.org
Matt started as an intern with Beyond Pesticides in September of 2012 and is now the research associate. Matt has previously worked on an urban farm in Youngstown, Ohio as an AmeriCorps Team member and has become passionate about agricultural and environmental issues after he wrote his undergraduate thesis on food deserts in Youngstown, Ohio. He graduated from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio with B.A. as a Political Science and Sociology double major.