Meet our Team

El'gin Avila

DIRECTOR OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND EQUITY

PHONE: 612-466-4479   ·   eavila@bluegreenalliance.org

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El’gin joined BGA in October 2020 as Director of Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) and Equity. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, El’gin’s experiences have shaped his approach to population health and social justice. His passion stems from his experiences and knowledge of environmental and social injustices that have plagued disenfranchised and marginalized communities both in the US and abroad. 

This fuels the work he does as our new OEHE director as he aims to bring a more just transition to solidarity platforms, worker health, environmental sustainability, and much more through his role. He aims to shine a spotlight on vulnerable populations engaging in precarious work, and looks to bring precarity and financial instability to the forefront of environmental and social justice initiatives.

El’gin Avila has worked on several projects leading to changes in federal OSHA’s implementation of COVID-19 response protocols for respiratory protection programs, and has a documented history providing technical assistance and expertise to community organizations at the local, state, and federal level. As he continues within his role here at BGA, he aims to use his technical expertise to enhance the capacity of BGA’s occupational and environmental health agenda. 

Charlotte Brody

VICE PRESIDENT, HEALTH INITIATIVES

PHONE: 434-286-4010  ·   cbrody@bluegreenalliance.org

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Charlotte Brody, Vice President of Health Initiatives, joined BlueGreen Alliance in January 2010. Prior to joining the BlueGreen Alliance, she was the National Field Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a nationwide effort to pass smart federal policies to protect us from toxic chemicals.

A registered nurse, Charlotte previously served as the Director of Programs for Green For All, Executive Director of Commonwealth, and a founder and Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm.

Mikayla Brunner

COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING ASSOCIATE

PHONE: 507-440-9509   ·  mbrunner@bluegreenalliance.org

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Mikayla joined the BlueGreen Alliance in November of 2022 as the Communications and Marketing Associate. 

She began her career at Hackwith Design House, and later transitioned to a position at the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Mikayla holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Gabby Davis

PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

PHONE: 609-661-4132   ·   gdavis@bluegreenalliance.org

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Gabby works as a Program Associate with the Building Clean team and is from Manahawkin, NJ. She recently graduated from Rowan University, Class of 2021 with a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, a BS in Community and Environmental Planning, as well as certificates of undergraduate study in Food Systems Planning and Sustainable Urbanism.

Prior to BGAF, Gabby worked as an undergraduate research assistant researching topics such as emotional geographies, environmental humanities, biophilia, and worked to integrate a food and health equity grant into the community of Glassboro, NJ. She also interned at Land Dimensions Engineering creating sustainability standards in construction to be implemented across NJ municipalities while designing methods to educate contractors on these sustainable standards. Additionally, she worked part time doing HVAC construction, mainly crafting and installing duct work. Gabby’s hobbies consist of kayaking and swimming in the various bodies of water scattered across the Northeast as well as hiking in different National and State parks and forests.

Gabby works to understand the connection between the built environment and its influence on the surrounding population through the lens of biophilic urbanism. She works towards the Building Clean initiative by researching certified healthy building materials, affordable housing and how those variables can impact public health inequities. Gabby is looking forward to working towards the common goal of creating a more sustainable and equitable future in the United States.

Jeff Hurley

STATE INITIATIVES MANAGER

PHONE: 847-571-4984   ·   jhurley@bluegreenalliance.org

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Jeff is the State Initiatives Manager at BlueGreen Alliance and is based in Chicago, IL. Jeff leads policy development and implementation for the Building Clean program and advances state-level policy opportunities in targeted states.

Prior to joining BGA, Jeff worked at the National Conference of State Legislatures, where as a Director of State-Federal Affairs he managed NCSL’s legislative agenda for budget and revenue systems and coordinated the association’s state-local fiscal relations.

Jeff received his BA from Indiana University and obtained a master’s degree in Political Management from the George Washington University.

Linnea Morgan

PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

PHONE: 540-454-6425   ·   lmorgan@bluegreenalliance.org

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Linnea serves as the Building Clean Program Associate and lives in Richmond, VA. Linnea works to advance the use of healthy and sustainable building products in housing, and contributes to Building Clean initiatives addressing housing inequities, green building, and contractor education.

Prior to her role at BGAF, Linnea spent several years working as a carpenter while gaining hands-on experience in natural building, affordable housing, historic home remodeling, and youth education. What started as a passion to create beautiful spaces turned into a mission to make buildings healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable. Building science, innovative sustainable building materials, and the interdisciplinary nature of housing keeps her curious and excited about this work. She has a deep love for biophilic design and natural materials, and can’t wait to design and build her own healthy and sustainable home in the future.

Linnea received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from Virginia Tech and completed a Certificate of Building Science and Net Zero Design from Yestermorrow Design/Build School.

Dana Saylor

NATIONAL PROGRAM MANAGER

PHONE: 248-830-5147   ·    danas@bgafoundation.org

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Dana Saylor is the National Program Manager for the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation. She brings 20 years in non-profit coalition building and issue advocacy experience to BGAF and has worked in a variety of capacities in the environmental, labor and manufacturing communities. Dana currently works as a part of BGAF’s Building Clean project team where she advocates for the use of healthy, U.S. made energy-efficient building products and works with building owners, contractors, architects and other housing stakeholders to specify these products for their projects.

Prior to her current role, Dana was theProgram Manager for BGAF’s Clean Economy Manufacturing Center (CEMC) where she worked with wind, solar, advanced transportation and other clean economy manufacturers to help build CEMC’s educational workshop and webinar content, which focused on educating potential suppliers about clean economy markets and supply chains. She helped deliver this content to a national audience made up of manufacturers, economic development professionals, elected leaders and others interested in learning more about the growing clean economy and the economic opportunities it can provide.

Dana also spent three yearsworkingfor the BlueGreen Alliance and Apollo Alliance in Michigan before the two organizations merged in 2011. During that time, sheworked with the manufacturing community to support policies that could help grow Michigan’s overall clean energy economy and help make it easier for domestic suppliers to enter clean energy supply chains.

Dana holds a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. A Michigan native, she grew up in a family manufacturing business that supplied parts for the auto industry and believes in the resurgence of U.S.manufacturing to lead in the clean economy.