Jim Puckett, Executive Director and Founder
Jim is the co-founder and Executive Director of Basel Action Network, where he provides strategic oversight and implements and expands our programs. As an activist for over 25 years, his work on toxic waste and toxic waste trade has helped control pollution, safeguard fragile ecosystems from bio-accumulating toxins, protect the world’s poor from health hazards, and reuse the Earth’s limited resources. He has been a chief proponent of just international policies within the United Nations Basel Convention since its inception in 1989. As the only person to have attended every Conference of the Parties meeting, He supports delegates in drafting, approving, and implementing policies that protect people from the global trade of toxic waste. His assistance was crucial for creating regional waste trade agreements, such as the Bamako Convention, Central American Agreement, Waigani Treaty, and the Cartagena Convention Waste Trade Protocol. He has traveled the world researching, speaking, writing, and producing films. He was the first to investigate and expose the export of electronic waste (e-waste). BAN’s 2002 film, Exporting Harm: The High-Tech Trashing of Asia, was the first to shine a spotlight on e-waste trade and transformed an unknown dumping practice into a well-recognized, global issue. He has since overseen creation of the e-Stewards Certification Program, which certifies electronics recyclers to the industry’s gold standard for environmental and occupational health and safety protection. Prior to establishing BAN, as Toxics Director for Greenpeace International, his regional campaigns were instrumental in generating public and government support for equitable trade policies throughout Europe. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Filmmaking from the University of Oregon.
Hayley Palmer, Chief Operating Officer
Hayley is the Chief Operating Officer for Basel Action Network. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in legal studies and international relations and began her Master degree in Public Policy. She was drawn to working at Basel Action Network with the desire to use her knowledge and skills to influence positive change for the environment. Additionally, she has a strong desire to educate others in consumption patterns that are environmentally sustainable and socially just. Nobody is perfect, but our daily choices matter. Her main motto is “think for yourself, live for the world”. Originally from Edmonton, AB Canada, she moved to Seattle in 2014 from Los Angeles, CA. When she’s not working at BAN, she loves backpacking, kayaking, camping, hiking, paddle boarding and pretty much anything outdoors.
Katriana Dubytz, Administrative Assistant
Katriana is the Administrative Assistant for Basel Action Network. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Environment & Society, as well as a Certificate in Leadership Studies, from Florida State University. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration at the University of Washington with a focus in Nonprofit Management. She was drawn to BAN due to her passion for the intersection between environmental issues and social justice: environmental justice. Her goal is to learn how to mobilize community-driven action through coalition-building and cross-sector collaboration in order to achieve more equitable environmental policy and practices. When she is able to find free time, she enjoys artistic and nature-oriented endeavors.
Chris Brandt, Research and Logistics Manager
Chris is the Research and Logistics Manager for Basel Action Network. Growing up as a surfer in Southern California, he has always had a passion for keeping our beaches and ocean clean. With the “bigger, better, newer” mindset and the growing demand for technology it’s inevitable that the environment is going to pay the price. He was drawn to working at BAN because we need to stop the trade and dumping of E-waste and minimize its carbon footprint by recycling it responsibly in the country it was purchased. He also feels we need to promote a toxic free future by responsibly designing these products. Everything on this earth is connected and every toxic substance eventually makes its way into the earth and ocean where currents circulate it. In his free time, he enjoys spending time in the ocean and the mountains respecting the natural world around him.
We take far too much from this world; yet, we never give back.” These words spoken by his Civil & Environmental Engineering professor at the University of Washington imbued a philosophy that led him to work at BAN. He helps the organization achieve its mission through custom creating technologies such as developing mobile apps on iOS and Android to spread awareness on the positive environmental impacts on decisions we make; creating and developing custom in-house hardware and software to track, visualize and understand toxic waste flows; materializing the big list of amazing projects we have brewing at BAN through integrating tools like Asana; or, help understand the causes and campaigns effectiveness with SalesForce. Understanding, creating and utilizing technology plays a crucial role in growing the organization, and supporting the realization of the BAN mission.
Salomé Stähli, Program Manager
Salomé Stähli is the e-Stewards Program Manager for Basel Action Network. She obtained a Master of Law degree in Switzerland and an LL.M. at the University of Washington focussing on environmental sustainability and international development. She passed the bar and is a licensed lawyer in Washington State. Previously she was a corporate lawyer at FIFA (the international soccer federation). While possessing a background in corporate law, she has always been passionate about the environment and has, over the last ten years been a volunteer group leader for a small NGO in Switzerland working to preserve mountain forests. She is an avid backpacker with a love of the outdoors and for travelling. This has led to her being found in remote areas such as in Tajikistan, Lesotho and Bolivia. Most recently she hiked the first 900 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in California. In her free time, she also loves singing and learning languages. She is fluent in German, French and English and has a strong knowledge of Spanish. Originally from Zurich, Switzerland, she has lived in Belgium and France and moved to Seattle in 2016.
Bob Akers, Enterprise Director
In the role of e-Stewards Enterprise Director, Bob works with corporations, organizations, government and Certified e-Steward recyclers to develop opportunity. Previously, Bob worked in the electronics recycling industry for 13 years, most recently as executive director of the not-for-profit Surplus Exchange in Kansas City, Mo., where he guided his team to become an early pledged e-Stewards company, and they successfully completed a total of seven e-Stewards certification audits. He has also served on the e-Stewards Leadership Council since its inception. Bob is proud to have signed Kansas City, Mo., as an e-Stewards Enterprise in 2015 and have worked with the city to develop their "ConnectHome" program, which provides refurbished computers and internet access to residents in public housing. He has been married for 27 years with two grown kids, and holds a degree from the University of Kansas.