Staff and Board

Amelia Rose – Co-Director: Prior to coming to Rhode Island, Amelia spent four years in Washington, DC where she worked as an organizer for the Washington Interfaith Network focusing on campaigns to improve housing code enforcement and hold DC police accountable to Spanish-speaking residents of the city.  During this time she also worked with the Unitarian Universalist Association advocating for federal human needs programs like Medicaid and Head Start. Most recently she worked in Rhode Island as an organizer for Toxics Action Center, providing organizing assistance to residents working on environmental campaigns in their towns. Amelia is originally from Northern Virginia and graduated from Mary Washington College where she studied Anthropology.


Julian Rodríguez-Drix –  Co-Director: Julian comes to the EJ League from ACE (the Alliance for Climate Education), where he gave high school assembly presentations about climate change to tens of thousands of students across New England.  He has worked within grassroots movements for environmental, social, and climate justice in a variety of ways, including co-founding Rising Tide North America, ShaleShock Action Alliance, and the Confluence Network.  Julian graduated with honors from Brown University with a degree in Africana Studies, a department that became like family and where he met his future wife Gina.  They have continued to live in Providence, where they work together to build community.  He believes in life, love, and liberation – and is inspired daily by the brilliant power of youth.


Board of Directors

The EJ League is  governed by a 13-member Board. Board members are elected to serve two-year terms. These terms are staggered to ensure that the Board reflects the diversity of our communities and allows for the development of new leadership within the organization. The Board is made up of representatives from the community, as well as from the various organizations and groups which partner with the EJ League.

Board of Directors 2013-2014
Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island

Misty Wilson
ProvPlan, HealthSourceRI

Sundeep Sood
Advisor, Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (The MET School)

Holly Dygert
Professor, Rhode Island College

Parris Wise
Weatherization Expert and Entrepreneur

Ana Quezada
Neighbor of the Gorham Manufacturing Site

Brother Everett Muhammad
Long-time Providence resident and activist

Elizabeth Hoover, PhD
Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University

Greg Gerritt
Administrator for Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI)

Jesus Holguin
Youth Leader

Karissa Arias
Youth Leader

Laura Brion
Community Organizer, Childhood Lead Action Project

Rochelle Lee
Long-time Providence resident and activist

Steve Fischbach
Community Lawyer, Rhode Island Legal Services

Former Board Members

Carina Monge
School-Based Coordinator, Juanita Sanchez Education Complex

Dawn Euer
Campaign Organizer, Marriage Equality RI

Dr. Arelis Valerio
Coordinator, Community Asthma Program, Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Ellie Leonardsmith
Grassroots Campaign Organizer, Clean Water Action

Liberty Goodwin
Executive Director, Toxics Information Project

Liz Colón
Director of Education, Childhood Lead Action Project

Molly Clark
Retired Manager of Health Promotion, American Lung Association of Rhode Island

Nicole Pollock
Legislative Liaison, RI Department of Environmental Management

Phil Brown, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences, Northeastern University
Director, Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: