The MFN Advisory Board

The MFN Advisory Board consists of three At-Large Board members and representatives from each Moving Forward Network region. At-Large Advisory Board members are individuals from involved organizations who contribute experience and expertise to the leadership of the Network.  Regional representatives are regional leaders who serve as the point person for their region, help facilitate activities and programs at the regional level and build capacity, and lend their expertise and perspectives to MFN organizational decision-making.

Melissa Lin Perrella
Melissa is Senior Director of Environmental Justice for the National Resources Defense Council. Her work focuses on improving air quality in environmental justice communities affected by the freight transportation system. She is an expert on the health effect of diesel emissions, technologies for reducing air pollution from ships, trucks and locomotives, enforcing the National Environmental Policy Act, and defending landmark state and local clean air programs against federal preemption claims. 

Bruce Strouble, Jr.
Bruce is the founder and Director of Citizens for A Sustainable Future, formed to ensure that the next generation of African American children benefit from thriving sustainable communities.

Research/Scientific Expertise
This position is currently vacant.

Regional Representatives

Kim Gaddy
Kim represents the New York/New Jersey region of the Moving Forward Network. Kim is the Environmental Justice Organizer for Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund, Port Commissioner, City of Newark, Vice-Chair, NJDEP, Environmental Justice Advisory Council and Coordinator, GI Reformers for Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green).

Rachel Jefferson
Rachel represents the Kansas City region of the Moving Forward Network. Rachel is the Executive Director of the Historic Northeast-Midtown Association.

Juan Parras
Juan represents the Houston & the Texas Gulf Coast region of the Moving Forward Network. Juan is executive director of Texas Environmental Justice. Advocacy Services, and has been fighting for environmental justice for over 20 years.

Mildred McClain
Mildred represents the Southeast Regional Network that includes Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. Mildred is executive director of Harambee House Inc./ Citizens for Environmental Justice in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. McClain has been a human rights activist and teacher for over 40 years. She serves on EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. 

Taylor Thomas 
Represents the Southern California region of the Moving Forward Network. She has supported has supported organizing for quality and affordable education, as well as worked with folks experiencing homelessness. Taylor is the Policy Analyst for East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and lives in Long Beach. Taylor aims to combine art, sustainability, compassion, and social justice into a movement of love.

Ramsey Sprague 

Ramsey also represents the Southeast Regional Network. Ramsey is the President of the Mobile Environmental Justice Action Coalition.