About

Safer States harnesses place-based power to prevent harm to people and the environment caused by dangerous chemicals and to create innovative solutions that promote safer alternatives.

We envision a world where chemicals do not cause harm to people or the environment.  We strive for a time when all communities are protected from toxic threats and people, especially those who have been most impacted, have more power and influence in public and environmental health decisions.  

We work directly with state-based advocacy organizations, providing support and strategic guidance to advocates as well as providing the space for national collaboration and coordination.

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Our Staff

Sarah Doll, National Director 

Sarah uses her unique strategic and collaboration skills to leverage collective state and local action to secure policy protections and create pressure for market transformation to reduce the threat of harmful chemicals in our daily lives. She has over twenty years of experience managing successful environmental health campaigns. Prior to Safer States, Sarah worked for the Oregon Environmental Council, the City of Portland, and on Capitol Hill. 

Contact: sarah@saferstates.org

 

Renee Sharp, Strategic Advisor 

Renée Sharp joined Safer States as a Strategic Advisor in 2020 with more than 20 years of experience in environmental policy, research, and program implementation. Prior to joining Safer States, she was the Research Director for Environmental Working Group, a leading environmental health research and advocacy organization where she focused on leveraging data to drive policy and market transformation. Renée has also served as the Executive Director of GRID Alternatives Bay Area, where she worked to expand solar power and electric vehicle access for thousands of low-income families. She holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Rice University, and a master’s degree in Biology from Pennsylvania State University. In addition to her work with Safer States, Renée provides consulting services in the environmental health and clean energy fields through her firm Insight Power Partners. 

Contact: renee@saferstates.org

 

Eduardo (“Eddy”) Valenzuela, Administrative Assistant 

Eddy joined the staff of Safer States in 2020 as the Administrative Assistant. Before joining Safer States, Eddy previously worked on implementing and administering several different environmental programs as an Environmental Programs Assistant with the City of Arcata. One of his biggest accomplishments is drafting the city’s Single-Use Disposable Foodware Ordinance and incorporating a provision that bans PFAS chemicals. He currently holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science & Management from Humboldt State University. In his free time, Eddy loves to go on adventures with his partner Ben and snuggle with their cat named Lady Pouncealot. 

Contact: eduardo@saferstates.org

 

Stephanie Stohler, Communications Director 

Stephanie Stohler is a skilled strategic communications professional with more than 15 years of experience. She most recently served as the Communications Director for the national nonprofit alliance Healthy Babies Bright Futures where she developed, led, and supported communications campaigns for dozens of projects and programs resulting in significant local, national, and international visibility. She also serves as an advisory committee member of Project TENDR, a collaboration of leading scientists, health professionals, and children’s and environmental advocates. She holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University in Public Relations and Corporate Communications and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College. 

Contact: sstohler@toxicfreefuture.org