Andy Igrejas

Founder of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families

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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. The campaign grew 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 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 chose and oversaw the campaign's small central staff and convened its steering committee, while also serving as its main spokesperson with policymakers and the press. In June of 2018, we were heartbroken by Andy's death at the age of 47 after a battle with cancer.
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