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

Liz Hitchcock

Acting Director

Liz Hitchcock
Liz Hitchcock is Acting Director of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families. She oversees staff, coordinates our work with partner organizations, and manages the campaign’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and at EPA and other federal agencies. 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 is the Mind the Store Campaign Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families where he coordinates a national U.S. campaign challenging the nation’s leading retailers to transform the marketplace away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. For the previous nine 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, bisphenol A (BPA) and dioxin in consumer products and packaging. Prior to CHEJ, he was the Director of the Buffalo office of Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC), a NY statewide grassroots environmental health organization. Mike lives in Brooklyn, NY where he serves on the Newtown Creek Superfund Community Advisory Group (CAG), the Board of Directors of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), and the Community Advisory Panel of the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.

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.

Jen Dickman

Senior Program Associate

Jen Dickman
Jennifer Dickman is a senior 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.