- Josh Karliner - International Director of Program and Strategy
- Ruth Stringer - Science and Policy Coordinator
- Alejandra Livschitz - Communications Coordinator for Global Projects
- Nick Thorp - Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Community Manager
- Scott Slotterback - Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Policy Director
- Sonia Fakiel - Communications and Memberships Associate for Global Projects
- Susan Wilburn - Sustainability Director, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, HCWH
- Jennifer Wang - Healthy Energy Initiative Coordinator
Joshua Karliner is the International Director of Program and Strategy. In this capacity he works to support the development of HCWH’s work in Asia, Africa and Latin America, while also overseeing the organization’s global campaign on climate change, the development of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network and HCWH’s collaboration with WHO to eliminate mercury in health care.
He has over 25 years of experience working on international environmental and human rights issues. He is author of two books and a wide variety of academic and popular publications on global environmental politics.
Ruth Stringer is the international science and policy coordinator for Health Care Without Harm. She spent over 15 years in pollution research, including hazardous waste, political strategies to avoid it and the technologies to destroy it, at the Universities of London and Exeter in the UK before she turned her attention to medical waste.
She advises on the theory and implementation of waste management systems, with a particular emphasis on the developing world, and has participated in multiple pilot and implementation projects in Africa and South Asia. She is a member of the International Solid Waste Association healthcare waste working group, the Technology Development Advisory Committee of the UNDP GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project and a co-author of the 2012 edition of the World Health Organization Guidelines for the Safe Management of Wastes from Healthcare facilities.
Alejandra is an online communications professional based in Brussels, Belgium. With more than 10 years of experience in NGOs and communications, she has been working for Health Care Without Harm as an international communications coordinator for over 8.
Alejandra has a degree in Social Sciences and Communications by the Buenos Aires University and a post graduate degree on NGO management by the San Andrés University. She is tech savvy and online communication specialist and strategist.
Nick Thorp joined Health Care Without Harm in April of 2013 to serve as the GGHH Community Manager. He comes to HCWH with over five years experience with a variety of NGOs conducting toxicological research and developing innovative and interactive tools to advance education and public engagement around issues related to community and environmental health.
Nick holds a dual degree from the University of Oregon in International Environmental Studies and French. He is based in Washington State.
Scott Slotterback comes to this role after working for over a decade for Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in the United States.
Working for the National Facilities Services group, he led teams focused on improving the design and sustainability of over 60 major healthcare buildings. He developed and implemented sustainability strategies for the Facilities Planning group and led the transition of Kaiser Permanente’s National Sourcing Agreement program to become an innovation and market transformation based purchasing system, promoting the use of sustainable materials.
He served on the national Environmental Stewardship Workgroup, which established goals and implementation strategies for operational and facilities focused sustainability efforts. He also created and implemented enterprise-wide sustainability training programs. With over thirty years of experience, he authored numerous sustainability focused case studies, design standards, white papers, and articles. He also presented sustainability approaches and successes at numerous national conferences and served on the National Steering Committee that wrote the Green Guide for Healthcare, which became the basis for LEED for Healthcare.
Sonia is a journalist and social communications student. She has over 8 years of experience working on communications and press strategies both online and offline.
In the past, she has worked as a press and communications officer for the Buenos Aires’ Government Transportation Secretary, as a journalist for both a local Buenos Aires (Argentina) radio and a national newspaper, and as a content editor and social media strategist for different organizations.
Susan is an occupational & environmental health specialist (fields of study: nursing, public health, epidemiology). Prior to joining HCWH she worked at the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva for eight years, where she coordinated the "greening hospitals" initiative, as well as the Protecting Health Workers - Preventing Needlestick Injuries project.
She also led the development of the WHO-ILO global framework for national occupational health programs for health workers. Prior to working at WHO, Susan was a nursing consultant to the International Council of Nurses in Geneva, coordinating the joint WHO/ICN Needlestick Prevention Project in Tanzania, South Africa and Vietnam. Susan has worked as the Senior Specialist in Occupational Safety and Health at the American Nurses Association where she led ANA's involvement in Hospitals for Healthy Environment (H2E), a project precursor to HCWH’s U.S. implementation arm, Practice Greenhealth, as well as the RN No Harm project to build capacity among nurses for environmental health and chemical safety.
Prior to engaging in health policy, she worked for fifteen years in clinical nursing, public health and critical care. Susan received her BScNursing from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio and an MPH from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is the author of multiple articles and chapters on protecting health care workers from occupational hazards and communities from the environmental health impact of health care activities.
Jennifer Wang is the Healthy Energy Initiative Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm. In this role she facilitates a worldwide coalition of climate and health organizations working on national and international campaigns to halt the expansion of coal-fired power generation and promote healthy, clean energy policies.
Previously, she worked with scholars and practitioners to develop research agendas in health and global development at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Connecticut. Her experience includes community-engaged research on environment, health, and food security in large slums in Nairobi; implementation of green building and sustainable economic development initiatives in Chicago; and development of solar energy and water purification technologies for low-resource settings.
Jen holds an MS in Global Health and Environment from University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in Chemistry from Rice University.