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 Lin Perrella is a Senior Attorney and Director of Western Air Quality and Environmental Justice in the Santa Monica office of the National Resources Defense Council.

Bruce Strouble, Jr.
Bruce Strouble 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.

Public Health/Academic Partner
This position is currently vacant.

Regional Representatives

Kim Gaddy
Kim Gaddy 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, and  Chair of the Newark Environmental Commission.

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

Jesse Marquez
Jesse Marquez represents the Southern California region of the Moving Forward Network. He is the executive director of the Coalition for a Safe Environment in Wilmington, California, and has been instrumental in ensuring the Ports of L.A. and Long Beach are clean than they would otherwise be.

Juan Parras
Juan Parras 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 activists and teacher for over 40 years.