Staff and Board of Zero Waste Washington

Staff, Contract Staff, and Interns

alt Maria Teresa Gamez, Outreach and Policy Coordinator, works to engage new communities in Zero Waste Washington’s mission. Maria is an expert in community projects for conservation and knowledge dissemination and has been working on bilingual community project in North, Central, and South America for over 7 years. In addition, she is a professional filmmaker specializing in Communication for Development, director and producer of short films, photographic projects, and feature documentaries, focused on conservation and rural and metropolitan features and issues. In her free time, she loves to explore the beautiful mountains of the Pacific NW. (Contact: maria at zerowastewashington dot org or 206-441-1790)

Heather Trim

Heather Trim, Executive Director, joined Zero Waste Washington in 2016. Prior to Zero Waste Washington, Heather has been active in zero waste issues, including helping lead the Seattle bag campaign and helping get the ban on styrofoam serviceware products passed. Previously, Heather was Director of Science and Policy at Futurewise, focusing on habitat, shoreline, stormwater and other issues related to landuse. Before that, she worked on similar issues and including toxic pollution and plastics. Heather earned a BS in geology from Yale University and a PhD from UCLA in geochemistry (Contact: heather at zerowastewashington dot org or 206-441-1790)

Board of Directors

Todd Carey

Todd Carey has worked in the recycling and sustainability field for the past 20 years, from the King County Solid Waste Division to the predecessor of Zero Waste Washington - Washington Citizens for Resource Conservation (WCRC). During his tenure at WCRC he had several roles including bookkeeper, database manager and office manager. He also coordinated projects such as the pilot computer and fluorescent lamp recycling programs. Todd lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle, and enjoys skiing, biking, and hiking throughout Washington and the Northwest.

Tyler Farmer

Tyler Farmer is a Seattle transplant after moving from Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2004. He left the Land of Enchantment to attend the University of Washington where he received a bachelor’s degree in English and another bachelor’s degree in Community, Environment, and Planning. Currently, Tyler earned a law degree at the Seattle University School of Law in 2015. Prior to law school, Tyler worked for the nation’s largest electronics recycling provider. He advised municipal and not-for-profit clients throughout the US and consulted on setting up e-waste recycling programs and events throughout California, Texas, Illinois, and North Carolina. Tyler brings to Zero Waste Washington a legal mind, passion for ecologically and business-friendly products, planning and policies. In his spare time, Tyler tends to two chickens and one cat at his house, and travels as much as possible with is wife.

Steve Gilbert

Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, is founder and director of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND). He is a Diplomat of American Board of Toxicology and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Washington. Previously, Steve worked for Health Canada in Ottawa and owned and ran biotechnology pre-clinical research companies. In recent years, Dr. Gilbert published his book A Small Dose of Toxicology- The Health Effects of Common Chemicals and created Toxipedia, a free, online encyclopedia on the toxicology, human health effects, and environmental effects of chemicals, drugs, and consumer products. He has also been engaged in education about In the health and environmental impact of past and present work at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. He passionately believes that one of the most important things that public health professionals can do is to widely share their knowledge and scientific information.

Hannah Johnson Hannah Johnson graduated with a bachelors degree in Community, Environment and Planning from the University of Washington. She has been all over the world studying waste and taking note of best management practices. Hannah has designed and executed waste programs for the University of Washington’s athletic department, and worked as an intern for Waste Management’s Recycle Corps Outreach team. Most recently, Hannah found success in helping Microsoft’s corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington attain Zero Waste Certification. Hannah is excited to serve on the Zero Waste Washington board because she believes in the mission and the drive to engage the community and advocate for more sustainable waste prevention methods. In her free time she loves to write and enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Meaghan Jones

Meaghan Jones became interested in the zero waste movement when she lived in San Diego and realized how extensive the waste issue is. She became a Master Composter and set about educating her community on composting, recycling, and the zero waste movement. Her family all thinks she’s crazy because she loves composting so much. Meaghan got a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Washington and likes to use her science background to pursue zero waste and sustainability options in the community. She’s excited to be serving on the board of Zero Waste Washington, advocating for new waste solutions, especially cradle-to-cradle design and extended producer responsibility. In her spare time, Meaghan fosters kittens and likes to spend as much time as she can with her family in California.

Teresa Jones photo Teresa Jones has over 30 years of experience working in television. In late 2006, she joined the Startup Sales Team at KUNS-TV, the local Univision affiliate, where her current title is Multi-Media Market Consultant. In the course of her career, Teresa has produced and co-hosted several Spanish Language TV and Radio programs. She does Voice-Overs on TV/Radio commercials, documentaries and promotional videos, and has Emceed at several local community events. Teresa is very involved in the Latino Community. Over the last 10 years, she has sat on several Boards, including Casa Latina and the Pierce County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. More recently, she served as an Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Washington Hispanic Media Association or WAHMA.
Patty Liu

Patty Liu is currently the Recycling Program Manager of the West Coast team of Green Eileen and Eileen Fisher. She holds an MBA of Sustainable Business from Pinchot University, now known as Presidio Graduate School. Her interest in solid waste is focused in closed loop design and reusability.

Marie Novak

Marie Novak became interested in resource conservation and waste reduction during an internship spent conducting residential and business recycling and composting outreach throughout King and Snohomish Counties. She is very excited to be serving on the board of Zero Waste Washington and advocating for systems-level waste solutions, especially around extended producer responsibility and cradle to cradle design. She currently works for Cascadia Consulting Group where she supports climate, sustainability, and natural resource policy and planning projects. Marie recently graduated from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance where she earned an MPA with a certificate in Environmental Management. Prior to graduate school, Marie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Marie grew up in San Antonio, and although she misses the Mexican food, she enjoys the scenic beauty and mild weather of the Pacific Northwest.

Anisha Shankar

Anisha Shankar has over a decade of experience in the field of conservation, waste reduction, and recycling. She worked at Cascadia Consulting Group in Seattle (2006-2011) first working on, then managing Seattle Public Utilities’ commercial conservation program. She left to complete a six-month Fellowship in India, designing a nutrition program for underserved children. Anisha spent the next two years pursuing a long-held dream to found a business to address India’s sanitation problem, that is, not enough sanitation infrastructure to serve the 600,000,000 people who have no access to a toilet. She’s taking a break currently from the work of creating a business that uses anaerobic digestion to generate energy and working at a software company while staying tied to waste reduction through Zero Waste Washington.

Melissa Stuart


Melissa Stuart was introduced to Zero Waste ideas as an undergrad at Washington State University. She went on to lead the student body's Environmental Task Force, liaising with the university administration to win environmental gains in upcoming campus development projects. Melissa is a non-profit manager and fundraiser anxious to reconnect with waste reduction work as a board member at Zero Waste Washington. Melissa holds a Master of Non-Profit Leadership from Seattle University and served as U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova.

Shirlee Tan photo

Shirlee Tan, PhD has been working in the field of science policy for over 17 years, with a main focus on the effects of chemicals on human health. Her career has primarily focused on chemical regulation and science policy at the national, international, and now local levels. Her early career began at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she served as an Environmental fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has since worked for the Smithsonian Institution, the EPA, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, as a consultant to the Endocrine Society, and now as the lead toxicologist for Public Health Seattle and King County. Shirlee strongly believes that everyone has the right to know how chemicals affect health, and an informed public can help decision-making and the market towards safer and cleaner products and policies. In her spare time Shirlee loves exploring the natural world with her family and experimenting in the kitchen.

Sally Wolf

Sally Wolf has been an enthusiastic volunteer on environmental issues for many years. She worked on the successful ban on styrofoam, opting out of yellow pages delivery and the Green Bag Campaign in Seattle, and as a former member of the Board of Directors of CELP (The Council for Environmental Law and Policy) has worked on the Columbia River Treaty and other clean water issues in Washington State. She is a retired attorney whose career included most recently serving as the Internal Auditor for the Seattle Housing Authority. She was a long-term member of the board of Building Changes, addressing the complicated issues of homelessness. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, traveling and spending time with friends.

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