Debra Coyle McFadden

Executive Director

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About Debra

McFadden was appointed Executive Director in November of 2018 and prior to that she was the Assistant Director for ten years. She has more than twenty years of experience working on state and federal public policy initiatives for chemical safety and security, environmental justice, healthy schools, and right to know including policy development, advocacy, worker and community training, communication strategies, organizational coordination, collaboration, assessment, budgeting, and management of non-profit organizations. In addition, she is the lead staff member on the Respect Our Right to Know campaign. McFadden serves as a co-coordinator of the Jersey Renews coalition and is on the steering committee as well as coordinator of the jobs working group. McFadden has given presentations on climate change and the impacts on worker health and safety to national audiences. She is co-author of the NJWEC reports Danger in the Dark: How Governor Christie Helps Oil Companies Cover Up Potential Catastrophes and Failure to Act: New Jersey Communities are Still at Risk from Toxic Chemical Disasters. She is a graduate of the Rutgers University Union Leadership Academy program and holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from West Virginia University. She has experience with program planning and coordination, as well as with organizing and media relations. She serves as Treasurer on the Board of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.