Virtual Town Hall Speakers: How Prop 65 Protects
On April 16th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT, CEH will host a town hall featuring environmental health leaders and advocates discussing the benefits of Proposition 65, the innovative California public health law that has protected millions of residents across the country from exposures to toxic chemicals. This town hall will feature Martin Wolf, Director of Sustainability and Authenticity at Seventh Generation, Inc.; Leticia Ayala, Healthy Kids Campaign Director and Leadership Development Director at Environmental Health Coalition; and Tony Stefani, Founder and President at the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation.
Martin H. Wolf
Director, Sustainability & Authenticity, Seventh Generation, Inc.
Mr. Wolf is responsible for creating frameworks for the design of sustainable products at Seventh Generation, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of ecological household and personal care products. He is also responsible for creating frameworks for more sustainable systems of commerce, and for working with other businesses, industry associations, legislators and regulators to implement those frameworks.
Mr. Wolf brings over 40 years of experience in industrial and environmental chemistry to his work, starting with environmental fate and metabolism studies for agricultural chemicals, followed by studies of the occurrence of hazardous chemicals in the environment, conducting life cycle studies of product systems, and designing more sustainable household cleaning products.
Working at Seventh Generation, Mr. Wolf has developed frameworks for environmental product design, helped educate his coworkers, customers, and consumers about the environmental impacts of consumer products and the industries that produce them, successfully lobbied for passage of phosphate bans in a number of states, helped develop standards for voluntary ingredient disclosure, and brought change to the cleaning products industry through more sustainable product designs.
In addition to his work for Seventh Generation, Mr. Wolf served as the Co-Chair of the Research, Technology, and Regulatory Committee of the American Cleaning Institute (2015-2018), and has served as the Vice Chair and Chair of the Sustainability Committee (2010-2015), and as the Vice Chair and Chair of the Strategic Advisory Committee (2007-2011).
Mr. Wolf was appointed a Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Environmental Forum in 2006, and received an EPA Region 1 Environmental Merit Award in 2011. In 2013 Mr. Wolf was appointed by the National Academy of Science to the Committee on Design and Evaluation of Safer Chemical Substitutions. In 2015 he won the Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award of the American Cleaning Institute, and in 2016 was appointed to the Working Group On Toxic Chemical Use In Vermont by the State’s Agency Of Natural Resources and to the State’s Chemicals of High Concern for Children Working Group by the Vermont Department of Health. In 2019 Mr. Wolf was recognized as one of nine Heroes with Impact by Unilever, Ltd. for his work on preserving the environment.
Mr. Wolf holds an M.A. in Chemistry from Yeshiva University (New York) and a B.S. in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts).
Healthy Kids Campaign Director and Leadership Development Director, Environmental Health Coalition
At the Environmental Health Coalition, Ayala works with community residents to reduce or eliminate environmental housing hazards and promote healthy, accessible, safe, and affordable housing for children in high-risk communities. She is a member of the California Healthy Housing Coalition’s (CHHC) Steering Committee. As the leadership development facilitator, she works with leaders that are passionate about transforming their neighborhoods, building organizing and advocacy skills.
She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Leticia is also a 2010 graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Institute.
Founder and President, San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation
Tony Stefani is a retired Captain with the San Francisco Fire Department. As the Captain of Rescue 1 in San Francisco, Captain Stefani had the following certifications: High angle rescue systems 1 and 2, confined space rescue, surf rescue, black mask diving rescue, Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials Specialist. In 2001 after 27 years of service, Captain Stefani was diagnosed with Transitional Cell Carcinoma in his right renal pelvis. After successful treatment Captain Stefani retired in 2003.
In 2006 Captain Stefani founded the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation, a foundation that has been dedicated to the early detection and prevention of cancer in both active and retired San Francisco Firefighters. The foundation is registered with the State of California as a non-profit 501c-3. Since its inception, the foundation has been involved in 2 major studies that have been published linking firefighters to a greater risk of cancer. Captain Stefani has also been Co-PI with the Women Firefighters Biomonitoring Collaborative for the past 3 years and is a dedicated advocate supporting legislation at the National level for the passage of the Safe Chemicals Act as well as overturning an outdated flame retardant standard (Technical Bulletin 117) in the State of California.
Tony is the recipient of numerous awards and letters of recognition from local, state, and national leaders for his outstanding commitment to public safety and dedicated service.