Together, we’re making prevention possible. Our dedicated staff team believes we can reduce the burden of breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. Therefore, we work with passion, commitment, and steadfast determination as if what we do is a matter of life and death because it is.
Suzanne (she/her) is the founder of Sprout San Francisco, a chain of stores and e-commerce site selling natural and organic products for children. Suzanne started Sprout when, after learning about the toxic chemicals in everyday products, she wanted to make it easier for parents to create a healthy home for their children.
Previously a Senior Equity Research Analyst in the Green Living Consumer Sector at ThinkEquity, a San Francisco-based investment bank, Suzanne has spent years studying the impact of toxic chemicals on our bodies and searching for solutions. Every day, Suzanne is inspired by her teen daughters to help to create a healthier environment for all of our children. Suzanne holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA from Northwestern University.
Director of Program & Policy
Nancy (she/her) works at the state and federal levels to advance public policy to reduce exposures to toxic chemicals.
Before joining BCPP, Nancy spent over 20 years in Washington DC advocating for numerous causes, including civil rights for women and the GLBT community. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and earned a Masters degree in Biological Oceanography from the University of Connecticut. Nancy is an avid outdoors person, spending her spare time hiking and birding in Northern California and beyond.
Pujeeta Chowdhary, MPH
Science and Education Manager
Pujeeta (she/her) works to translate the science of environmental toxicology into education and outreach.
Wendy Mazan Cook
Senior Engagement & Partnerships Manager
Wendy (she/her) supports the Director of Development with fundraising activities, events, and business partnerships.
As the daughter, niece, and granddaughter of breast cancer survivors, Wendy holds a deep and personal passion for the work of BCPP. Before joining the team, Wendy spent several years stewarding corporate partnerships for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Wendy is a proud college baseball coaches’ wife and spends many hours at the ball field, cheering for her team of “sons.” Serving in the life role of mother, Wendy reinforces her child’s dream of becoming an artist with copious art supplies, enjoys hikes with her dogs, and works to complete her yoga teacher certification.
Outdoor Events Manager
Marie (she/her) coordinates BCPP’s outdoor fundraising events.
With a background ranging from banking to natural foods to trail running and nutrition coach, Marie found deep alignment with BCPP’s mission to improve the health of the planet and its people. She joined the Climb Against the Odds in 2007 as a fundraiser for BCPP. She participated in seven annual fundraising Sacred Trek events before she joined BCPP’s staff in 2015 as Outdoor Events Manager. Her background in banking honed her skills as a detail oriented project manager, while her love of people and the outdoors means she is a great cheerleader for the participants in all of BCPP’s outdoor events.
Laura (she/her) coordinates BCPP’s digital advocacy campaigns and the Black Beauty project. She runs campaigns that influence corporate, state, and federal policies in order to support BCPP’s legislative work of protecting the public against chemicals linked to breast cancer and other serious diseases.
Prior to joining BCPP, Laura worked as an environmental health scientist where she conducted a variety of human health risk assessments to evaluate cancer risks and noncancer health effects associated with environmental exposures at contaminated sites, residential homes and commercial offices. She holds a Master of Public Health degree specializing in Environmental Health from Boston University. Outside of work, Laura loves being a mom, exploring the coast and performing improv.
Senior Organizing Manager
Nyisha (she/they) leads the new Californians Linking Action with Science for Prevention of Breast Cancer (CLASP- BC) project.
They come to BCPP with several years of grassroots community organizing and activism in upstate NY and San Diego, CA advocating for many causes including human rights, environmental justice, and most recently reproductive justice. They’ve co-founded two grassroots community organizations with a focus on gender equality, sit on three non-profit organization board of directors, and owns a small business as a certified full spectrum doula. Nyisha graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. In their spare time they enjoy roller skating by the beach and coloring.
Interim Director of Finance
Linda (she/her) is responsible for the fiscal management at BCPP, overseeing our internal controls, budgeting, cash management, audited financial statements, tax returns, and financial grant reporting.
Linda is a CPA (inactive) and brings over 25 years of experience in finance, accounting, operations and system development. Prior to joining BCPP, Linda worked at BNY Mellon Asset Management, overseeing the accounting and reporting for a fixed income fund, and Credo Mobile (formerly Working Assets) in roles as Director of Operations and Director of Finance. Linda previously served on the Board of Pierre’s Birthday Fund, a local non-profit bringing joy and supportive services to hospitalized children. Linda received a B.A. with High Honors from UC Santa Barbara in Business Economics, emphasis in Accounting, and in Religious Studies. She enjoys traveling, gardening, hiking, and reading in her spare time.
Development Manager, Grants & Creative Projects
Angela (she/her) coordinates BCPP grant reporting, proposals, and communications to foundations and large donors. She also uses her creative side to craft social media graphics, cartoons and messaging in support of development.
Prior to joining the Development Department, Angela worked with both the Science and Program & Policy team as a Science Intern and Program Associate. Angela earned a B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing and pole aerial fitness.
Senior Director of Program & Policy
Janet (she/her) directs program and policy activities and coordinates BCPP’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Cans Not Cancer Campaign.
Janet draws on 30 years of experience working in the social change arena as a political organizer and lobbyist on women’s health issues to create and oversee BCPP’s cutting edge policy initiatives and market-based campaigns. Previously, she served as Political Director at Credo Mobile (formerly Working Assets) and Legislative Assistant for Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY). Janet has a M.A. in Public Policy from George Washington University.
Donor Relations Manager
Nicole (she/her) oversees donor engagement for BCPP, fostering the interests and passions of the organization’s supporters.
Prior to joining BCPP, Nicole held positions at the American Diabetes Association as Director of Development, and Associate Director of Development at her alma mater, UC San Diego, where she worked to develop a culture of philanthropy among students and young alumni. In her spare time, Nicole is most likely doing something outdoors with her family.
Director of Development
Julie (she/her) leads BCPP’s fundraising activities, including individual giving, events, foundation grants and business partnerships.
Having previously worked for BCPP from 2003-2012, Julie is so pleased to re-join the team as Director of Development. A passionate match-maker, Julie thrives on connecting people and funders with the causes they care about the most. Prior to returning to BCPP, Julie worked as Associate Dir. of Development for California Institute of Integral Studies and most recently as Director of Development for Nepal Youth Foundation. When not working, she enjoys her time with family, friends, and playing in the great outdoors.
Senior Tech & Communications Manager
In addition to managing communications projects, Emily (she/her) leads digital tech including BCPP’s websites, Salesforce CRM database, Pardot, Action Network, and online ads and analytics tools.
Emily joined BCPP’s policy and advocacy team in 2015, spurred by her passion for health equity and environmental justice. Prior, she led advocacy and fundraising campaigns across the U.S. as a Field Organizer and Canvass Director for environmental and human rights nonprofits including Food & Water Watch, the Human Rights Campaign, Corporate Accountability International, and Green Corps. Emily earned a B.A. in Political Science, Environmental Studies Concentration, Magna Cum Laude from Bryn Mawr College.
Rainbow Rubin, PhD, MPH
Director of Science
Dr. Rainbow Rubin (she/her) received an MPH in Environmental Health at UC Berkeley and a PhD in nutritional biology at UC Davis where she conducted post-doctoral research in epidemiology and exposure science in the School of Public Health.
She received the Fellowship in Reproductive and Environmental Health at UC San Francisco where worked with the US EPA to expand their definition of at-risk populations to include pregnant women. Dr. Rubin’s research focuses on the health impacts associated with pre- and perinatal toxic exposure and the prevention of chronic disease during vulnerable life stages. Her article on children’s cancer risks from dietary contaminants found that cancer hazards are exceeded for five persistent, bioaccumulative contaminants commonly found in the food supply. Dr. Rubin is passionate about translating science for the public and highlighting institutional and individual chronic disease prevention strategies.
Lisette van Vliet
Senior Policy Manager
Lisette (she/her) leads BCPP’s food policy work at the California and federal levels.
Lisette comes to BCPP with 12 years of experience in the toxics world having worked with the Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL), Health Care Without Harm Europe, and the International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec) in Europe. Many of the campaigns and issues she has worked on the EU mirror our efforts here, including the EDC-Free Europe campaign, implementing the EU REACH industrial chemicals system and work on food contact materials. She has a deep knowledge of and passion for toxics work.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Erika (she/her) spearheads the Marketing and Communications team for both BCPP and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. An “in-house” everything, Erika is a woman with many hats whose main focus is on strategy and development of all creative communications and marketing initiatives.
Empowering women through social impact is nothing new to Erika. Before coming to BCPP, she focused on helping tech startup female-founders secure funding and succeed in and beyond Silicon Valley. Erika also dedicated years to supporting and representing women-owned businesses at the local and federal level as Director of Communications for Women Impacting Public Policy. Erika earned her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in Media Studies and Communications. Erika enjoys running, acting in local and independent films, and creating socially-conscious multi-media art pieces.
Cindy (she/her) provides daily finance and accounting support to BCPP’s CPA, directors, and staff.
Before coming to BCPP, Cindy was a Director of Financial Management. She is an accomplished financial executive with 20 years of nonprofit experience. Cindy earned a B.S. in Business Administration in Accounting from California State University, East Bay. She also a California State certified tax preparer.
BCPP: Exposing the Cause is the Cure
We're preventing breast cancer before it starts by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation.