Sylvia Broude is Executive Director of Toxics Action Center, the New England-wide non-profit based in Boston that organizes with communities on the frontlines of local environmental and health threats. She oversees Toxics Action Center's six offices in the Northeast and supervises a team of eleven staff that assists more than 100 communities each year. Over the past decade, she has played a critical role in grassroots, community-led efforts to transition away from coal-fired power plants in New England, prevent new fracked gas pipelines, expand clean energy, and build support for zero waste policies across the region. Sylvia also serves on the Advisory Boards to the Clean Water Network, the Administrative Council for the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act, and the New England Consortium. She’s on the City of Boston’s Zero Waste Advisory Committee, a co-founder of the Zero Waste Boston coalition, and is a senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program. She was the recent recipient of The John Merck Fund’s Sparkplug Award, the Frank Hatch Award for Enlightened Public Service. She lives in Dorchester and joined the Toxics Action Center team in 2006.