Staff

Lauren Heine, Executive Director

Lauren Heine, PhD

Co-Executive Director
Applied Science and Engineering Programs

Dr. Lauren Heine applies green chemistry, green engineering and multi-stakeholder collaboration to the development of products and processes.  Lauren led development of both GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals, a method for chemical hazard assessment increasingly used worldwide and CleanGredients™, a web-based information platform for identifying greener chemicals in cleaning products. Lauren serves on the Apple Green Chemistry Advisory Board, which is tasked with helping to integrate green chemistry into Apple’s products and supply chain. For the OECD, she drafted Policy Principles for Sustainable Materials Management.   Lauren served on the California Green Ribbon Science Panel.  For the US EPA, she helped develop criteria for the Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Choice and Alternatives Assessment Programs. Lauren was technical advisor to the development of the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse Alternatives Assessment Guide and the WA Alternatives Assessment Guide. Lauren earned her doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University. She was a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the Green Chemistry Program at the US Environmental Protection Agency and is currently adjunct faculty at Gonzaga University.

 
 Anna montgomery, Executive Director

Anna montgomery, Executive Director

Anna Montgomery, MPA

Co-Executive Director
Administration and Development

Anna Montgomery joined NGC in January 2018 after years spent as a consultant, executive director, small business owner, program director, and leadership expert. She has 20+ years of experience in leading nonprofits, fundraising, financial management, governance, and change management initiatives that drove triple digit revenue growth. She’s spearheaded multiple strategic plans, donor programs, and has provided advice, training, and educational tools to dozens of nonprofits. Entrepreneurial strategies, creativity, and innovative thinking have helped her guide organizations toward sustainability. Anna has also created and grown successful programs, conducted sophisticated evaluation, and initiated inter-sectoral collaborations that increased collective impact for vulnerable communities. Early in her career she worked at the corporate headquarters of a nationwide healthcare company in risk management, human resources, and compliance. Well versed in scientific research she has conducted diverse experiments in genetic ecology, nonprofit leadership, and educational psychology. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Colorado College and her master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC) Price. She is currently a doctorate candidate in Organizational Change and Leadership at USC Rossier. Her doctoral research is focused on nonprofit leadership development using an educational psychology framework that examines structural, knowledge, and motivational barriers to organizational goal achievement.

 
 Mark Buczek, Director

Mark Buczek, Director

Mark Buczek, M.S., M.B.A

Director
Industry Engagement

Mark Buczek joined Northwest Green Chemistry in April of 2017 after a career in the chemical industry with major companies Akzo Nobel and FMC.  He brings a sincere interest in Green Chemistry along with years of commercial implementation experience. Mark has held numerous senior management positions in industry including Director - Global Sales & Marketing, V.P.  Business Development, V.P. Government Affairs and V.P. Regulatory Affairs.  He holds 2 U.S. patents, 1 of which was successfully commercialized while at Akzo Nobel. He has been a Steering Committee member for EPA Design for the Environment projects and has been on the Board of several industry trade associations. Mark received his M.S. degree from Columbia University in Sustainable Development and an M.B.A. from DePaul University in Chicago. He currently serves as President of the Alumni Board for Columbia University’s Earth Institute.   

 
 Amelia Nestler, Senior Research Scientist

Amelia Nestler, Senior Research Scientist

Amelia Nestler, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Amelia Nestler brings to Northwest Green Chemistry her background in biochemistry research, teaching, event management, and alternatives assessment.  Amelia serves NGC’s mission to enhance human and environmental health via green chemistry and engineering by leading NGC’s webinar series for green technology entrepreneurs, performing research on diverse green chemistry and engineering subjects, and contributing to project and program development and the operational management of the organization. Recently, Amelia led research and preparation of NGC's Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment report, and NGC's facilitation of the Emerald Corridor Green Chemistry & Engineering Roadmap (2018-2023): Goals & Recommendations for Collective Impact.  Previously, Amelia supported GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals at Clean Production Action by presenting at workshops in the green building sector and developing materials for on-line training courses.  Amelia earned her doctorate in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.A. in Biochemistry at Lewis & Clark College.