Debbie Friedman, Executive Director
Debbie is an attorney who practiced business law in San Francisco for 5 years. Subsequently, Debbie worked as a producer and director of programming for EcoTalk Radio which aired nationally on Air America Radio and locally on KCBS. At EcoTalk, she also developed media partnerships with environmental organizations and academic institutions. Following her role at EcoTalk, Debbie worked as a communications consultant for GreenWave Strategies where she developed strategic partnerships and led eco-events for clients such as Fairmont Hotels. In 2008, Debbie Co-Founded MOMS Advocating Sustainability (MOMAS), a grassroots environmental health non-profit whose mission is to reduce the amount of environmental toxins children are exposed to in their homes, schools and play areas. As co-founder of MOMAS, Debbie helped organize a coalition of organizations including cities and NGOs, to stop the aerial pesticide spraying in California for the Light Brown Apple Moth. Through her role at MOMAS, Debbie also led an effort to influence key policy decisions when Marin County’s pesticide laws were rewritten in 2009. Debbie also spearheaded, and was a lead organizer of a coalition of organizations including Center for Food Safety, Environmental Working Group and the City of Berkeley in a legal challenge against the state of California for its statewide pesticide program, which provides advance approval for the state to spray pesticides in communities and on organic farms anywhere in the state. Debbie has represented MOMS Advocating Sustainability on the Working Group for Californians for GE Food Labeling Coalition. Debbie was selected in 2011 as a Marin Hero for Children, by Marin Advocates for Children. She received a BA with highest honors at UCSB and JD at Hastings College of the Law.
Myrto Ashe, MD, MPH Director of Medical Content
Myrto Angela Ashe is a family-medicine physician practicing in Marin County, California. She has degrees in neurobiology, medicine, family medicine and maternal and child health from McGill University, Brown University and U.C. Berkeley. In her first 20 years as a family physician, Myrto worked in community health centers, where it is easy to notice the impact of the social environment on health and disease. Living in Boulder, CO from 2004 to 2010, she was involved in Boulder’s development as the United States’ first ͞Transition Town, acting as a resource for transitioning to locally sourced organic food. She completed a Permaculture Design Course in 2009. Myrto now works in private practice, providing individual consultations to uncover and repair root causes of illness, based on a systems biology analysis called functional medicine. This is an approach to chronic illness based on the most recent scientific findings in basic biology, immunology, microbiology, toxicology and epigenetics. Functional medicine pays particular attention to environmental impacts and prioritizes the use of lifestyle changes (including a healthy diet) to improve the functioning of all systems related to health and illness.
Robert G. Daniel Ph.D. Director of Operations
Bob received his Doctorate in Geophysics from Stanford University and did post-Doctoral work at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA. Bob’s career has included: project management training at domestic and overseas venues; scientific research; a project management position in alternative energy development at the Geothermal Division of Unocal (now Chevron); client consulting and asset-management data systems at Schlumberger Inc.; and database development and project/client management for several software products at Autodesk, Inc. While at Unocal, Bob’s responsibilities included clearly communicating technical information about Unocal’s operations to outside environmental and regulatory authorities. Besides GMOScience.org, Bob’s current projects include Internet application development for nonprofits and public education about sustainability issues such as the relation between global energy needs, fossil-energy resource challenges, and a sustainable social & food system.