Meet Molly from Moms Clean Air Force
At UpChoose we are huge fans of the work of Moms Clean Air Force, an organization leveraging the power of motherhood and parenting to advocate for a more sustainable world for our children and planet. We have been inspired by their work and are excited to introduce you to one of their leaders. Please consider getting involved!
What’s your name? Any nickname?
I’m Molly – I have a few nicknames but my favorite is Mommy. My teenage kids still call me that.
Live in? Grew up in?
I live in DC, where I’ve been for close to 18 years. I was born and raised in New York City.
You’re the mom of...
…my three favorite people on Earth: Elka, Isaiah, and Silas.
Molly is a mom, a public health nerd, and a climate change activist.
What made you want to devote your career to addressing climate change? Was there an “aha” moment or a specific event?
My background is in public health, and I was working for an advocacy group on toxic chemicals in consumer products while raising three young children. I had assumed my leaders were taking care of the problem of climate change, but when the Waxman Markey bill failed in Congress, I realized that this crisis wasn’t going to be “solved” by someone else. As a public health professional, I was listening to the top experts in my field ringing alarm bells about the far-reaching health consequences of climate change. I decided it was up to me to help build the political will for action, to protect my kids’ health and future.
How did you get started? What were the first steps you took?
I learned about the work of Moms Clean Air Force, and was inspired by the vision of leveraging the power of moms to shift the national conversation on climate change. I started writing blog posts for the new website, and eventually was hired to help our co-founder Dominique Browning grow the project.
You're the Public Health Policy Director for Moms Clean Air Force, a community of over 1,000,000 moms and dads on a mission to protect children from air pollution and climate change. What does your role consist of? What's most exciting and most challenging about it? Can you give us an example of something you are most proud of that you were able to accomplish in this role?
I lead our advocacy campaigns to secure and defend air pollution protections. I develop our educational resources, manage media outreach, cultivate partnerships and collaborations with other organizations, and write about public health, science, and policy. I do a lot of work advocating for regulatory protections at the federal level that prioritize children’s health. I am most proud of my work helping moms share their stories and concerns at public hearings and in their lawmakers’ offices. I’ve worked with a lot of moms who have never spoken at a public hearing before, or never visited their Senator’s office, and that is probably my favorite thing to do. I love helping people feel confident in civic engagement. I believe that is the cornerstone of a thriving society, so there is nothing more gratifying to me than supporting a mom to raise her voice.