Miriam is a Program Director with UPSTREAM, and spends her days working to make throw-away a thing of the past. She is a leader in crafting policies aimed at promoting the reduce/reuse agenda and also focuses on accelerating and innovating reuse systems in food service. Prior to joining UPSTREAM, Miriam was the California Director of Clean Water Action, where she developed a program on waste prevention and launched ReThink Disposable, which has succeeded in demonstrating that transitioning to reusables and reducing single-use is makes economic sense for food businesses. She has been a leading California advocate in winning local and state policies to reduce single-use plastic bags, foodware, and microbeads as well as producer responsibility for carpet and pharmaceutical take-back. She previously worked with local, state and federal agencies implementing pollution prevention and water quality programs. At the California Coastal Commission, she started the state-wide Clean Boating program and later launched the Plastic Debris Rivers to Sea project elevated industry and public awareness about land-based discharges of plastics and trash. Miriam has helped to shape California’s trash regulations for storm-water control and various state strategies to address packaging waste and plastic pollution. Miriam holds a JD Degree from Vermont Law School and was an undergraduate at Vassar College.