About us

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition is staffed by a seasoned group of organizers that makes up Kitchen Table Campaigns team. We emphasize public education and strategies that blend traditional grassroots organizing with online communications, rapid response articles to new science and policy updates and building coalitions that merge diverse organizations and businesses.

Our headquarters are located at:
641 S St NW, 3rd Flr
Washington, DC 20001

Staff

Andy Igrejas

National Campaign Director

Andy Igrejas
Andy Igrejas organized Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families in 2009 to address the common need of health, environmental and labor organizations in developing an approach to advancing chemical policy reform. The initial group of organizations became the Steering Committee for the campaign, and Andy became its Director in June of that year. Since then the campaign has grown to include 450 organizations and small businesses from across the country and across the political spectrum. As a firm believer in the power of networking and organizing to overcome the power of big money in the political process, Andy has had the opportunity to put that philosophy to work with the campaign's emphasis on public education and partnerships with both large national and small local organizations. Andy's appreciation for the role of entrepreneurship and the private sector in creating positive social change led to the campaign's decision to launch Mind the Store, an initiative challenging the nation's largest retailers to restrict hazardous chemicals in their supply chains. As Director, Andy chooses and oversees the campaign's small central staff and convenes its Steering Committee, while also serving as its main spokesperson with policymakers and the press. Prior to organizing the campaign, Andy worked on environmental health and government reform issues for state organizations in New Jersey and California and later for the National Environmental Trust in Washington. A native of Bloomfield, NJ with family roots in Newark, Andy graduated from Rutgers College in 1992.

Liz Hitchcock

Legislative Director

Liz Hitchcock
Liz Hitchcock is the Legislative Director for the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition where she coordinates the campaign’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. She joined the campaign after four years as the public health advocate for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. In that capacity, she led U.S. PIRG’s campaigns on environmental health issues including product safety, chemical policy reform, chemical facility security and food safety. She coordinated PIRG’s successful campaign to win landmark federal standards for toxic lead and phthalates in children’s products in the 2008 reform of Consumer Product Safety Commission, and was PIRG's lead lobbyist on the food safety campaign that resulted in the 2010 passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Prior to becoming public health advocate, she served as U.S. PIRG's Communications Director for eleven years, working with the state PIRGs' advocacy and field staffs to educate the national and local media on such issues as product safety, clean water, toxic chemical accidents, safe energy alternatives and air pollution. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and a native of Schenectady NY.

Mike Belliveau

Senior Advisor

Mike Belliveau
Mike Belliveau has worked for 30 years as a science policy analyst, health advocate and social entrepreneur. He directs the Environmental Health Strategy Center, which promotes human health and safer chemicals in a sustainable economy. Mike led the 2008 campaign to pass a landmark safer chemicals reform law in Maine, and other policies to replace dangerous chemicals such as mercury, lead and PBDEs with safer alternatives. He co-founded a business-led, green chemistry consortium to develop innovative technology to turn Maine potato waste and wood chips into nontoxic, value-added plastics.In the last decade, Mike has played a national leadership role in the health-based movement to overhaul federal chemical policy. In 2005, he co-founded SAFER, the national alliance behind the growing wave of state-based safer chemical reforms.Mike holds an environmental science degree from MIT. He previously served as project director for Toxics & Clean Production at the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and executive director of Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) in California.

Mike Schade

Mind the Store Campaign Director

Mike Schade
Mike Schade spearheads the Mind the Store campaign which aims to work with the nation's leading retailers on creating comprehensive chemicals policy. For the previous eight years, Mike was the Markets Campaign Coordinator with the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ), a national environmental health organization where he led national campaigns to phase out PVC plastic, phthalates, BPA and dioxin. Prior to CHEJ, he was the Western New York Director of Citizens’ Environmental Coalition. Ethisphere Magazine listed Mike as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics for 2007 and the PVC Campaign received two awards from the Business Ethics Network.

Jen Dickman

Program Associate

Jen Dickman
Jennifer Dickman is a program associate for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. Before joining the campaign, she interned for the Democratic Staff of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, where she mainly assisted with projects related to federal chemical policy reform. Jennifer first worked on chemical policy several years ago as an intern with the Environmental Working Group. She has also worked for a small consulting firm researching energy issues and monitoring electricity auctions. Jennifer holds a law degree with a concentration in environmental law from the University of Maryland School of Law and a bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Delaware.

Beth Kemler

Mobilization Director

Beth Kemler
Beth Kemler is the Mobilization Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. She has been organizing public interest campaigns for fifteen years, focusing on both policy and markets-based campaigns. Most recently, she served as the Virginia Director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, leading a team that got bills for climate solutions passed and exposed the commonwealth's top climate-polluting companies. Before that, Kemler worked on Oceana's successful campaign on mercury in seafood and organized students with Free The Planet! and the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group. Her professional organizing career started in college when she was a door-to-door canvasser in her hometown of Philadelphia.