Rebecca Newberry
Executive Director
(716) 852-3813 ext 102

Rebecca Newberry is Clean Air’s Executive Director with 10+ years developing and managing successful issue campaigns, including environmental enforcement, climate and energy policy, and state budget legislation. Rebecca is a strong facilitator, trainer, and coalition builder with multiple examples of success building programs and teams from the ground up, managing and supporting people through coalition conflicts, and demonstrating a passion for strategy and collaboration. Rebecca’s work with Clean Air has been featured by national and international publications such as Grist, Mother Jones, Bill Moyers, and Al Jazeera. Rebecca previously worked with the Rochester Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation,AFL-CIO, spearheading New Generation United, which was chosen by the AFL-CIO National Council as a model for young labor groups across the country. Rebecca holds a B.S from State University College at Brockport and a M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Canisius College.

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Natasha Soto
Director of Leadership Development and Strategic Campaigns
(716) 852-3813 ext 104

Natasha has been with the Coalition since 2011, leading organizational coalition building and developing a committed and talented base of grassroots leadership. 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 worked closely with Clean Air’s membership to launch Participatory Budging in Buffalo, resulting in two successful pilot projects in Buffalo’s Niagara and Masten Districts.

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.  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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Brian Borncamp
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Community Organizer Brian has been a member of  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.


Julia White
Grassroots Development Organizer
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Julia joined the team at Clean Air in 2018. Julia is a Vermont native. She attended school in Syracuse, after which she migrated west to Buffalo. Prior to joining the team at Clean Air, Julia worked as a Canvass Director and Project Coordinator with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), and most recently as the Development Specialist with People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo). Julia ran and organized campaigns to stop Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking—a dangerous form of natural gas drilling) from being approved in New York State. In December 2014, NYS residents won a historic ban on fracking in the State. Julia brings a wealth of knowledge in both grassroots and institutional fundraising. She has directed grassroots fundraising campaigns, written and won private and public grants and hosted large-scale fundraising events, with the goal of collaborating with others in the fight for equity, resilience and sustainability. These experiences have driven Julia to continue to work with organizations like Clean Air that are training and organizing with communities to build a region-wide movement for environmental justice and public health.


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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!