Center for Health, Environment and Justice (Falls Church, VA)


  • Name:Lois Gibbs
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Health, Environment and Justice
  • Address:P.O. Box 6806
    Falls Church, VA 22046
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:703-237-2249
  • Main fax:703-237-8389

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User Address

  • Address:P.O. Box 6806
    Falls Church, VA 22046
    United States

User Phone

  • Direct phone:703-237-2249
  • Other fax:703-237-8389

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  • Mission:
  • The Center for Health, Environment and Justice works to build healthy communities, with social justice, economic well-being, and democratic governance. We believe this can happen when individuals from communities have the power to play an integral role in promoting human health and environmental integrity. Our role is to provide the tools to build strong, healthy communities where people can live, work, learn, pray and play.

  • History:
  • The Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) is the only national environmental organization that was founded and is led by a grassroots leader. Lois Gibbs founded CHEJ after winning the nation's first community relocation of 900 families away from a leaking toxic waste dump at Love Canal, New York. Through this effort she also woke up the nation to recognize the link between people's exposures to dangerous chemicals in the community setting and serious public health impacts.

    CHEJ is different from other environmental organizations in that it was created out of a commitment and passion to work with communities at risk, to empower local families to take steps to protect their neighborhoods and families from unnecessary chemical threats.
    CHEJ has been instrumental in establishing some of the first national policies critical to protecting community health like the Superfund Program, Right-to-Know and others. By pioneering the effort nationwide to protect communities from exposures to dangerous environmental chemicals, in the air, water and soil, CHEJ has become the preeminent national leader among grassroots groups reducing the burden of toxic substances on our environment.

  • Year established:1981
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:11
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:12

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Alonzo Spencer, Chair
    Suzi Ruhl, Vice Chair
    Dave Beckwith, Trustee
    Esperanza G. Maya, Trustee
    Kenneth Grossinger, Trustee
    Luella Kenny, Trustee
    Maria Pellerano, Trustee
    Peter B. Sessa, Trustee
    Janet Marsh Zeller, Trustee

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Lois Marie Gibbs, President and Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Lois Marie Gibbs, Executive Director
    Stephen U. Lester, Science Director
    Anne Rabe, BE SAFE Coordinator
    Mike Schade, PVC Campaign Coordinator
    Ron Davis, Organizing Team Leader
    Dianna Wentz, Communications Director
    Sharon Franklin, Director of Finance and Personnel
    Maryll Kleibrink, Director of Development


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:52-1219489

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