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Beyond Pesticides Staff

Jay Feldman, Executive Director, 202-543-5450 ext. 15,

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, Science and Regulatory Director, 202-543-5450 ext. 20,

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.

Stephanie Davio, Program Director, 202-543-5450 ex. 21,

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. in anthropology 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.

Drew Toher, Public Education Associate, 202-543-5450 ext. 18

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.

Nikita Naik, Program Associate, 202-543-5450 ext. 14

Before joining Beyond Pesticides, Nikita worked on issues ranging from flame retardant chemicals to particulate matter to pesticide residues on produce. Nikita's interest in environmental, health, and social issues stems from her pre-med coursework at Emory University and her frequent trips and volunteer experiences in India. After graduating with a B.A. in English, she decided to pursue an M.P.H. in Environmental Health Sciences from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Soon after completing her graduate degree in May of 2013 and moving to Washington, D.C. to intern at the International Council on Clean Transportation, an environmental non-profit, Nikita was a consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environomics, where she worked on environmental health issues related to pesticides and crystalline silica. Nikita likes to read, cook, and explore D.C. in her free time.

Amila Weerasingha, Public Education Assistant, 202-543-5450 ext. 28

Amila Weerasingha is currently working at Beyond Pesticides as the Public Education Assistant. She is passionate about pesticide reform and is eager to help the public with their questions.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Arcadia University in 2012. Before joining Beyond Pesticides, she completed an administrative internship at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, a non-profit that provides services to people with cancer.  Amila is a Capitol Hill resident and enjoys dog walking, biking and spending time with family and friends.  

Matt Wallach, IPM in Health Care Facilities Project Director
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.