NGC news and staff transitions

Dr. Lauren Heine and Anna Montgomery

Dr. Lauren Heine and Anna Montgomery

Dr. Lauren Heine has spent the last three and a half years devoted to leading NGC from a nascent organization to becoming a formative catalyst for positive change. Her expertise and strong track record of successful green chemistry and engineering (GC&E) initiatives has been, and will continue to be, invaluable. Her tools, frameworks, and applied research have advanced the application of GC&E principles and led to the adoption of safer, more sustainable products and processes. It is this dedicated pursuit of practical and impactful tools that has led her to accept a position with a close collaborator, MaterialWise, as Director of Safer Materials & Data Integrity. We are fortunate that Lauren’s commitment to the mission, vision, and values of NGC means she will continue to act as our Senior Science Advisor.
 
Under her leadership NGC has pioneered the use of alternatives assessment in the region, convened regional stakeholders to create a strategic plan, made lasting collaborative impact, and broadened its reach from regional to global. Her desire to bring rigor to the field, mentor the next generation of change agents, and collaborate with diverse stakeholders makes her an asset to NGC and are some of the many reasons I admire her. I’ve worked closely with Lauren as she grew the capacity of NGC to fulfill its mission. I’ve seen the transformative power of her approach in action. I appreciate her keen intellect, willingness to leverage partnerships to increase impacts, and passion for creating lasting change. In her position as Senior Science Advisor with NGC she will provide technical expertise and oversight on all ongoing projects and new initiatives. I’m excited that we’ll continue this important work together.
 
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome a new staff member, Brit Swann, and thank our outgoing volunteer, Mark Buczek, Director of Industry Engagement. Mark has been instrumental in advancing GC&E throughout his career and we will miss his sage advice and strategic insights. Brit will be serving as our Environmental Engineer for several projects and brings her enthusiasm, innovative ideas, and technical expertise to the organization. Brit graduated from Oregon State University in 2015 with a BS in Chemistry and completed her MS in Chemical Engineering at Oregon State University in 2017.  While at OSU, she managed two heavily active research groups as Lab and Safety Manager for the Rheology and Complex Fluids research laboratories and was the graduate representative for the College of Engineering’s Safety Culture Guidance Team.  Please join me in welcoming Brit, thanking Mark, congratulating Lauren on her position at MaterialWise, and celebrating the work she has done, and will continue to do for NGC.
 
Anna E. Montgomery

It’s been a privilege to work with the super talented team at NGC including our staff, our Leadership Team, project partners, and my Co-Executive Director Anna Montgomery. I look forward to ongoing engagement in my role as Senior Science Advisor at NGC. Executive Director, Anna Montgomery will soon be completing her doctorate in Organizational Change & Leadership at the Rossier School at the University of Southern California. In addition to her MPA in nonprofit leadership, Anna has 20 years of experience in the field, half of that time as an executive director. She brings passion for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as core values in achieving human and environmental health, and a deep appreciation for science and business innovation. It was a privilege for me to be able to help establish NGC and to lead the production of some groundbreaking work that advances systemic solutions to the challenges of achieving an economy based on safe and healthy materials and product systems. And it is a blessing to be able pass the reins of this organization to an extraordinarily competent person, who has earned my deep respect and trust. I know she will fight for integrity in all that NGC is and does as it continues to grow and achieve its mission.
 
And now on to another nonprofit startup!  MaterialWise is an innovative cloud-based platform that will provide access to verified and harmonized chemical hazard assessment data in support of identifying safer alternatives to known problematic chemicals in valued products and processes. Working with MaterialWise is a natural evolution of ongoing and fruitful collaborations with Stacy Glass.  It is also an opportunity to realize a vision that NGC shares with many others in the environmental health community -- to scale access to credible and robust information that is needed to advance the design and development of products that 1) create life friendly chemistry, 2) support a circular economy, 3) restore natural capital and 4) support a just and inclusive society.
 
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