Claire L. Barnett, MBA, Founder and Executive Director, grew Healthy Schools Network from its roots in New York into the nation’s premier voice for children’s environmental health at school by advancing a comprehensive policy agenda, fostering state and local environmental health coalitions across the country, and securing landmark reforms in states and federally. A social entrepreneur, she previously reported for TIME Magazine in New York City, administered rural New York health services, and assisted Adirondack Park communities with sustainable development. She shifted her focus to children’s environmental health in the aftermath of her child’s pesticide exposure at school. Barnett has an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (health systems finance) and a BA from Mount Holyoke College (psychology/political science).
In 2017, she was honored to receive three national awards:
- the William K. Reilly Award for environmental leadership and innovation from American University School of Public Policy
- the US EPA Indoor Air Quality Champion Recognition
- the David P. Rall Award for contributions to public health through science-based advocacy from the American Public Health Association at its annual convention in Atlanta.
Jeff Jones, Communications and NYS Policy, is an Albany-based consultant, strategist and advocate for environment and health, clean energy, progressive labor groups and causes. He is a founding board member of Healthy Schools Network and has served as its state policy consultant for over ten years. He also serves on the boards of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, the Capitol District chapter of the New York League of Conservation Voters and John Brown Lives!
Nancy Vorsanger, MA, Development, has worked in writing, editing, and fundraising for more than 30 years, with a focus on environmental and health issues. She has a BA from Williams College and an MA from Columbia University. She has worked with Healthy Schools Network for more than fifteen years.
Alex Naidoo, BA, Program Manager, has worked for Healthy Schools Network for more than three years, managing the websites, social media, and office scheduling, supervising interns, and tracking tests for lead at school taps as well other legislative research. He has a BA from the University at Albany in Biology and Philosophy where he was also an undergraduate intern and organizer for the NY Public Interest Research Group.
Robert Paigo, BA, Bookkeeper, and his independent bookkeeping and tax preparation firm has worked for Healthy Schools Network for over 15 years. He holds a BA from The College at Brockport.