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We are community-based
and community-driven.

Trash for Peace is made up of an incredibly diverse team of driven and passionate community members.


Quotes from
Our Community

“I am so grateful to this program for getting me out of my apartment and more involved in my community.”

-Environmental Promoter


Who We Are

Trash for Peace was established in Portland, Oregon, in 2012 with a vision of a world without waste. We believe it is possible to live in communities that are resilient and sustainable not just because they are good at reducing, reusing, and recycling, but because everyone in the community has a voice at the table.


Environmental Justice is the cornerstone of the work we do — we strive to build innovative waste reduction and recycling systems that are created by and for communities, and in so doing, are guaranteed to work better and last longer. We are collaborative and determined.


Our programs are dynamic and community-led. Throughout the year, with support from Metro, local governments, Home Forward, and nonprofit organizations, we serve over 450 unique youth and 80 families throughout Multnomah and Clackamas County. We focus on providing hands-on learning, low-barrier job opportunities, and education about sustainability in environments that are peer-led, welcoming, safe, and collaborative. 


We divert thousands of pounds of trash from the landfill by utilizing reused and donated materials in all of our after-school activities. We have collected over 50 tons of trash just this year through our peer-led litter collection programs and provided over 500 unique jobs to members of the community facing job and housing insecurity.

Our 2021 Annual Report  is here! 


Our Values

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This is the core of what we do. To us, sustainability is community; our programs are community-based and led by community members. 

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Active Listening

We believe in active listening first, and then co-creating programs that are flexible and unique to each community. We believe in popular education methodology and in processes that are iterative and holistic. 


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We value each person’s background, experience, presence and especially involve those who are traditionally marginalized, contributing to the creation of more effective and equitable systems.


Meet our uniquely diverse and passionate team! 

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Alondra Flores Aviña


Environmental Promoter Program Manager

Alondra Flores Avina was born in San Quintin, Baja California; At the age of five, she came to the United States with her family and now resides in Southeast Portland. She earned her Associate of General Studies from Portland Community College and her Bachelors in Community Development with a focus in Civic Leadership from Portland State University.


Her passion grew in sustainability, environmental justice, and youth development through her work with Trash for Peace, the Beekeeping and Garden task force, and Community Environmental Services at Portland State University. Alondra believes in the importance of active listening, building connections, and engagement to support communities on their strengths and needs, as they are experts in their communities.


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Alice Rotsztain


Associate Director

Alice Rotsztain has worked as a festival producer, an arts educator, a communications manager for a social-justice education center and as a UX designer for a public university. She is passionate about our shared commons--digital, social, and ecological. A graduate of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, working with new technology taught her how to embrace not knowing. When not working on projects with teams, she volunteers as a Master Recycler. Her personal creative work focuses on design related to waste and sustainability. She's thrilled to be learning with communities as we all seek ways to live gentler on the earth while being kinder to one-another.

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Nissa Jensen


Youth Program Coordinator

Nissa was born and raised in North Portland and has a B.A. double major from Linfield University in Psychology and Studio Art. During her four years in McMinnville, Nissa’s involvement in sustainability clubs ignited her passion for protecting the environment on a small scale within our own communities. Her interest in art as a healing modality has translated into her work at Trash for Peace as a youth program coordinator. Nissa works with youth at three multi-family housing sites within Multnomah and East County. Whether it’s bringing in a fellow non-profit partner to garden or do yoga with youth or make abstract art with recycled materials, she has fun learning from the youth and local communities. In her free time, Nissa loves to sing, go on long walks to pet neighborhood cats, hike, and create art about body acceptance and rejecting diet culture. 


Susan Ramirez


(Sustainability Education Coordinator - in partnership with Confluence AmeriCorps)

Spirituality is very important to me and being able to connect with others brings me joy. I love dogs, hiking, dinners with my friends and family, overall being able to connect with everyone and everything around me! I always find ways to reuse or keep using an item. I love baking for dogs, and sports. I'm a big LA Lakers fan!


Anallely Rodriguez


Multifamily Programs Manager

My name is Anallely Rodriguez, and I am originally from Mexico. I came to the United States when I was 16 years old and I realized that this country would offer me many opportunities to grow professionally and personally, and so on. Since 2019 I have been working with the Portland, OR community and I discovered that this is what I am most passionate about; being surrounded by people and helping them with all or some of their needs, as it fills my heart with great joy. Working at Trash for Peace has been a great blessing, since I have the opportunity to continue working with the community and especially with young people and children, doing very fun activities and at the same time teaching them to reuse recyclable materials.


Veverly Campbell 

Sustainability Programs Administrative Coordinator

My name is Veverly Campbell and developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything I do, both professionally...personally and spiritually. I have an associate degree in Early Childhood Education (PCC) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Studies (PSU)

Working with children and families was a long time dream for me. I have a large family of seven children and several grandchildren.   I enjoy reading, writing poetry, dancing...exercising and making blankets. I love getting together with family and friends watching movies, cooking and eating healthy foods by trying out new recipes. My relationship with the Lord is very important to me growing in love with him and all people. I love working with children creating activities with and for them and helping to make the planet better in anyway possible.


Laura Kutner Tokarski


Founder & Executive Director

Laura is a Peace Corps alumna and native of Portland, Oregon.  She holds a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Portland State University.  She is fluent in Spanish and has over 15 years of experience in sustainable community development. In 2019 Laura was recognized by the Association of Oregon Recyclers as Recycler of the Year. She is also an instructor at Mt. Hood Community College and received a distinguished teaching award in 2016. In her free time she loves to run, read, go on adventures with her family and friends, and explore the outdoors. 

Our Board Members

We are actively recruiting new Board members with skills in finance, law, fundraising and development. We seek to build a team of diverse individuals who share our passion for a more environmentally just and peaceful planet and are willing to devote their time and talent to further this mission.

Please contact us if you’re interested!

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Andrew Judkins

Founding Board Member

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Lucas Dodge

Board Member


Ashley Lopez

Board Member


Alicia Simon

Board Member

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Kelsey Hill

Board Member


Lindsay Cortina

Founding Board Member

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Brice Ehmig

Board Member

We are proud to work with Truly Bookkeeping to help us manage our finances!


Interested in helping further our mission? Help us seek donations!

We work with houseless community members all over Portland and our metro region who are often in need of good rain gear, warm socks and shoes, and clean towels. 

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