Staff

 
Rebecca Newberry
Executive Director
(716) 852-3813 ext 102
rebecca@cacwny.org

Rebecca joined the staff at Clean Air in 2011 as an organizer. Rebecca brings a wealth of organizing and nonprofit management experience to the organization. During her time at Clean Air, Rebecca has led successful campaigns including winning successful enforcement at  Amigone Crematory and Tonawanda Coke and guided the launch of the just Transition campaign to address the uncertain future of the Huntley Coal site.
Rebecca currently serves on the Board of the Western New York Council for Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH) and for over a decade has been actively involved in a series of economic and social justice campaigns. Before her time at Clean Air, Rebecca served as an administrative organizer with the Rochester Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation, (AFL-CIO). From 2006-2009 Rebecca worked for the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley where she managed a leadership development program across 6 colleges and Universities to engage LGBTA students to actively reduce health disparities through public policy.
A proud native of Buffalo NY, Rebecca holds a B.S in Health Science Education for the State University College at Brockport and a M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Canisius College

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Natasha Soto
Lead Community Organizer

(716) 852-3813 ext 104
natasha@cacwny.org

Natasha has been with the Coalition since 2011 as a community organizer.  Natasha has led organizational coalition building with other west side institutions and developed a committed and talented base of grassroots leadership. Natasha worked closely with the Coalition’s membership to launch the PhotoVoice project and train residents to use several air-sampling techniques to measure their exposure to hazardous air pollutants. Natasha organized with residents who live next to a large truck plaza suffering asthma and other health issues. This campaign resulted int NYS DEC to install air monitors in the neighborhood, more public participation in future transportation planning, and won a $3 million commitment to build green buffers at the plaza.

Natasha is a 2011 Green for All Fellow. The Green For All expands the base of support for climate solutions and a clean-energy economy in America by identifying and cultivating local leaders from communities of color and low-income communities across the nation, helping them develop and apply their skills and resources to organize for change in their cities.  Most recently, Natasha led a campaign to bring Participatory Budgeting to the City of Buffalo, organizing across the city to win PB as a line in the city budget.  Natasha grew up in Washington Heights New York City and graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies.

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Rachel Todd
Development Coordinator
(716) 852-3813 ext. 105
rachel@cacwny.org

Rachel is a Buffalo, NY native who has been with the Clean Air Coalition since March 2013. She has written educational and training materials for the office, helped coordinate projects such as the annual dinner and participatory budgeting, and is now focusing on fundraising and development.

Rachel is an alumna of the University at Buffalo, where she graduated with high honors and a degree in English, as well as a pre-medical and French language background. In past lives, she has been a pharmacology research assistant, the editor-in-chief of a peer-reviewed gender studies journal, a radio DJ, a college counselor, and a TV news writer.

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Brian Borncamp
Community Organizer

Brian has been a volunteer with Clean Air since 2013, actively involved in the advocacy and implementation of participatory budgeting.  Skilled in campaign research and mapping, Brian has  created maps and graphics that have informed Clean Air’s campaigns. In 2016 Brian joined the Clean Air staff as a community organizer. Brian lives in the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood of Buffalo; where he spends too much time restoring an old home, keeping bees, and maintaining a large vegetable garden.
A note about our staff’s professional development: As you can see, we are a tiny staff that gets a lot done! We really value the hard work our staff puts in to make our communities healthier and more democratic. Given how hard they work, we think it’s really important to send them to training to continually improve their skills, meet others who are doing similar work, and take time to decompress and rejuvenate. In the past, our staff has used professional development donations to travel to the New Organizing Institute’s RootsCamp, the American Public Health Association conference, the EPA’s environmental justice conference, the GIFT grassroots fundraising conference and retreats at the Stone House. If you share our belief our staff deserve to be invested in, please consider making a donation to support their professional development this year. Just jot us a note when you make the donation who it’s for!