Tamara Toles O'Laughlin

North America Director, 350.org

Tamara Toles O’Laughlin is an environmental advocate focused on people and planet. Her niche in environmental work is developing capacity building programs and creating multimedia campaigns to dismantle privilege and increase opportunities for vulnerable populations to access health air, clean energy, and a toxic free economy at the local, regional and national level. O’Laughlin is the North American Director at 350.org, where she drives regional strategy in the United States and Canada. As the leader of 350’s programming she leads mission critical work and organizational investments to build a multiracial, multi-generational climate movement that is capable of holding our leaders accountable to science and justice.

O’Laughlin casts a wide net in service to community. Among her activities, she is a co-chair of the Green Leadership Trust, chair and state representative on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Women’s Voices for the Earth based in Missoula, Montana.

O’Laughlin graduated from the Vermont Law School in 2009, with a Juris Doctor and masters of Environmental Law and Policy with a concentration in energy generation and carbon constraint. She has worked for over fifteen years to embed the principles of environmental justice into environmental work, with attention to community capacity building, mobilization, equity in enforcement, and environmental health. Prior to joining 350.org. Tamara was executive director of the Maryland Environmental Health Network in Baltimore, Maryland, where she championed its mission to promote the elimination of environmental threats to human health. 

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Climate Ambition with Gina McCarthy, Annie Leonard and Tamara Toles O’Laughlin

Sep 22 2020 - 4:00pm

Will Joe Biden take bold action on climate if he becomes President? And what lessons can be drawn from the failure of Barack Obama and Joe Biden to get a national climate plan in place when they were in office?

“The context is different than the last time Joe Biden was anywhere near the White House,” says Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA. “The science has changed, [the] climate crisis is here now.”