Our Team

Board of Directors
Derek Baumgardner, Executive Director, Baltimore City Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals
Sean Cosgrove, Treasurer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Alexandra DySard, MOM’s Organic Market
Michael Fields, Regency
Angela Haren, Vice Chair, Chesapeake Legal Alliance
Jack Obermaier, Monument City Brewing
Jon Renaut, Cold Ants Properties
Ali Solonche, Northwestern Mutual
Rachel Thompson, Secretary, Baltimore Community ToolBank
Shari Wilson, Chair, Former Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment and Founding Principal, Great Bay Work, LLC

Shane Robinson, Executive Director as of 12/2/2019
Ashley Van Stone, Outgoing Executive Director

Shane Robinson

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developed a love for mission-driven organizations and sustainability early in life, and later that translated into making organizations work better for themselves and for the planet. He has worked with a vast array of nonprofit and for-profit organizations to make them more successful, and has a track record of building great boards, improving fundraising and governance, cutting expenses and overhead, and ensuring operations are mission-focused. We are confident that his skills, affability, integrity and experience will continue the organization’s success, as we enter our 10th year working to reduce and prevent litter throughout Maryland.

Shane has a Master’s degree in sustainable development from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont; Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and biology from the University of Nevada, Reno; and was a Certified Association Executive (CAE). He was born in Iran to American parents and has lived, worked, or studied on six continents.

Shane previously served as the US Executive Director for the Ehlers-Danlos Society – a global community of patients, caregivers, health care professionals, and supporters, dedicated to saving and improving the lives of those affected by the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS), hypermobility spectrum disorders, and related conditions. When Shane began working with the Society’s predecessor, the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation in 2011, it was a small organization focused almost entirely on patient support and education. Working in close collaboration with board, Shane engaged multiple stakeholders to help create a new organizational strategy, mission, and brand identity. Within a few short years, the rebranded Ehlers-Danlos Society has become a dynamic, global, multimillion dollar organization driving international EDS research, advocacy, and awareness—worldwide.

Shane served in the Maryland General Assembly from 2011-2019 focusing on environmental and energy policy. He was the Chairman of the Montgomery County House Delegation from 2014 to 2018. In the past he worked for the US Forest Service as a wildland firefighter, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia. He is a member of the National Ski Patrol and a PADI scuba instructor. He enjoys trail running and spending time with his family.

Ashley Van Stone
has spent the past decade working in sustainability project management, outreach and education, most recently serving as the Sustainability Manager for Johns Hopkins University. Originally from Baltimore County, Ashley solidified her passion for the environment, communication and human connection while studying at the University of Florida. After earning her B.A. in English Literature, she managed communications and campus engagement programs for their Office of Sustainability. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University and prior to her work at UF, she spent time on Florida’s Space Coast working in advertising, marketing and public relations.

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As Executive Director, Ashley has overall strategic and operational responsibility for TFMD. This will include identifying policy and programmatic priorities, establishing success indicators and metrics to monitor progress toward organization goals, and ensuring the sustainability of TFMD through financial management and fundraising, on the ground community development, strategic communications and outreach, and growing and developing the organization and its board.  Ashley also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Community ToolBank. She can be reached at ashley@trashfreemaryland.org