Who We Are

Together with our volunteers and donors, this team is ready to accomplish our goal of clean air for every Oregonian all the time.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Monique Smiley

Monique Smiley

Interim President

“As a rural Oregonian with strong ties to North and Northeast Portland, I know the burden of air pollution is not evenly shared across the state and affects Black, Indigenous, and people of color. We cannot improve air quality without addressing the systemic, root causes. That’s why I’m proud to be working with Neighbors for Clean Air and advocating for healthier communities.”

Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis

Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis

Interim Treasurer

“I serve on the NCA board because clean air is critical to the public’s health – and securing that takes knowledge of the complex laws (or lack of) that regulate air quality. NCA has the knowledge and the passion to make real, lasting change to ensure Oregon’s clean air.”

Mary Lou Socia

Mary Lou Socia

Interim Secretary

“I have spent over 40 years as an advocate for the environment and the people who are most harmed by environmental damage to water, land and air. I am honored to bring my dedication and commitment to clean air as a Board member for NCA. I look forward to celebrating successes and accomplishments as we work together to protect human health in the years ahead.”

Ashia Allen

Ashia Allen

“I serve on the NCA Board because clean air is personal for me. Growing up on the Elliot neighborhood, environmental pollution led to numerous respiratory illnesses. NCA is creating a different future for children and all community members.”

Aaron Babbie

Aaron Babbie

“I serve because NCA’s message needs and deserves a broader audience to demand safe air quality for all communities.”
Stacey Schroeder

Stacey Schroeder

“I want the air that my family and I breathe to be healthier not only for us, but for all Oregonians. I am a liaison between Neighbors for Clean Air and North Portland Air Quality.”

Jonathan Cruz

Jonathan Cruz

“I serve on the NCA board because I believe in the power of working together and building partnerships that uplift our vision to amplify community power and organize for systemic change. We are all responsible to maintain this shared resource, meaning we all have a role and responsibilities to protect our health and our cities for future generations.”

STAFF

Mary Peveto

Mary Peveto

Co-Executive Director

Mary Peveto (she/hers) co-founded Neighbors for Clean Air in 2010 to ensure cleaner air for all Oregonians. She activated friends, neighbors and people throughout our region to work for stricter standards to regulate air toxics in Oregon and to galvanize the citizen action necessary to effect change. She is a mother of three who calls herself an “accidental activist” who was pushed into action when she stumbled upon a national study published in 2008 that showed her daughters’ school to be ranked among the worst 2% in the nation at risk to toxic industrial air pollution. Mary is our guiding voice in organizing, policy and organizational vision.

mary@neighborsforcleanair.org

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Julia Salomone

Julia Salomone

Development and Communications Manager

Julia Salomone (she/hers) began working for NCA in January 2024 as the organization’s Development & Communications Manager. Julia graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in Environmental Studies & Gender Studies, and is passionate about environmental justice and making environmental information accessible and engaging. Julia is excited to bolster  NCA’s work through fundraising, grant applications, and engaging with our lovely donors. She is proud to be part of NCA’s mission of providing clean air to all Oregonians, and looks forward to working with NCA’s expansive network of activists.

julia@neighborsforcleanair.org

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Nakisha Nathan

Nakisha Nathan

Co-Executive Director

Nakisha Nathan (she/hers) is dedicated to co-creating spaces where people can enhance their sense of belonging and their capacity for leadership. She is inspired by memories of playing, learning, and photographing flora and fauna during her formative years in Panama, Canada, and the United States.

Her life experiences combined with her work organizing communities to advocate for laws and programs that protect people, wildlife, and the environment informs her philosophy and practice of education, leadership, and movement building. Before joining NCA, she served as the executive director for an environmental non-profit and spent years as a community organizer, garden educator, and legal assistant for a public interest environmental law firm. Nakisha believes that many of us who have the expertise to transform our communities and cities are the same ones who face the most significant barriers to create change. She also believes that principles of environmental justice and deep democracy are vital to helping build communities that enhance our ecological and social well-being.

nakisha@neighborsforcleanair.org

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Morgan Towle (she/hers)

Morgan Towle (she/hers)

Communications and Outreach Manager

Morgan Towle (she/hers) got involved with NCA in May of 2022 working as the Summer Tabling Intern; going out into the community to educate and expand the NCA network. Now, she is excited to take on this new role, continuing the momentum of sharing our message throughout the city of Portland and the surrounding metro area, as well as maintaining the relationships with community organizers she has made while tabling. Previous to her work with NCA, Morgan worked as a teacher in two different schools after graduating from Pitzer college in May of 2020, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Analysis and Spanish. 

morgan@neighborsforcleanair.org

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Oscar Edwards-Hughes (he/they)

Oscar Edwards-Hughes (he/they)

Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator

Oscar Edwards-Hughes (he/they) started at NCA in May 2024 as the Advocacy Manager. After graduating from University of Puget Sound with a degree in Anthropology and International Political Economy, he moved to Portland to pursue advocacy around food and housing security.  Oscar is passionate about community organizing, environmental justice, and housing first. He is looking forward to working closely with local partners, neighbors, and student groups in order to amplify community voices and build coalition around cleaner air for all Oregonians.  

oscar@neighborsforcleanair.org

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Neighbors for Clean Air

P.O. Box 10544
Portland, OR 97296