HBBF Staff

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Jennifer Bakkom-Gatzke

Administrative Manager

Jennifer brings more than 20 years of administrative experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit world, having worked in international manufacturing, criminal and telecommunications law, politics and recycling. She also serves as the BlueGreen Alliance Office Manager. 


Charlotte Brody

National Director

Charlotte is a registered nurse, the mother of two sons, and vice president for Health Initiatives of the BlueGreen Alliance. She has led a Planned Parenthood affiliate and been among the founders of the Brown Lung Association, Health Care Without Harm, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Green for All and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. Charlotte previously served as the Executive Director of Commonweal, and a founder and Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm.


Kyra Naumoff Shields

Bright Cities Program Director

Kyra is an environmental health scientist and mother with over a decade of experience in community engagement and exposure assessment. She has led monitoring and intervention projects in communities suffering from chronic air pollution exposure, both nationally and internationally. She’s also advised small businesses on pragmatic strategies to reduce their carbon footprint. Kyra holds a PhD in environmental health sciences from the University of California Berkeley.


Jane Houlihan, MSCE

Research Director

Jane directs research and science communication programs for non-profit organizations. She is an environmental engineer and prior to joining HBBF served as senior vice president at the Environmental Working Group. Jane pioneers online healthy product guides, including EWG's Skin Deep cosmetic database and HBBF’s Vida Lead in Homes guide. She leads research programs on biomonitoring, drinking water, and healthy food. Jane is among the founders of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and serves on the science board of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners.


Paige Whipple Glidden

Communications Director

As a seasoned communications professional and passionate advocate for child health, Paige manages all external relations for HBBF. From content creation to media relations, her expertise has spanned the entire communications spectrum. Her nonprofit career has included work to expand contraceptive access for young women, provide menstrual health products for girls around the world, and a focus on international development and global health at the United Nations Foundation.

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