Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis

Executive Director, Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE)

Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis is executive director at Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE). Through community programming, technical assistance and advocacy, Women for a Healthy Environment addresses environmental exposures that impact public health, with an emphasis on working in and supporting environmental justice communities. By translating scientific information for general consumption, WHE empowers, educates, and advocates for a better tomorrow.

The organization’s three program areas are: Healthy Homes, Healthy Schools and Healthy Early Learning Centers. To date, the organization has directly educated over 30,000 individuals and provided technical assistance to over 200 schools and early learning centers, bringing healthy changes to the built environment. WHE collaborates with dozens of community organizations, including federally qualified health clinics, neighborhood associations, and social service agencies that support families, immigrant, and refugee communities.

Michelle co-authored the State of Environmental Health in Southwestern Pennsylvania Schools, which was a first-of-its kind report examining 13 specific environmental-related issues in public school buildings. She co-founded the Lead Safe Allegheny coalition and has participated on the Allegheny County Health Department’s Asthma Task Force, the Mayor of Pittsburgh’s Blue-Ribbon Panel and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s Community Lead Service Line Replacement program. She has worked on passage of various environmental and health legislation including the Clean Air Act (City of Pittsburgh), revisions to the Clean Indoor Air Act (Allegheny County) and the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (federal), as well as various rules and regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ms. Naccarati-Chapkis has worked in the non-profit field for over 25 years gaining expertise in non-profit management, strategic planning, fundraising, communications, coalition-building, and policy. Her experience includes working closely with communities; local, state, and federal governments; non-profit organizations; foundations and corporations. She has spoken on environmental health topics at local, state, and national conferences including the American Public Health Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, Michelle has been featured in local regional media outlets such as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, KDKA, WPXI and WESA. Ms. Naccarati-Chapkis holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Class of XXVIII. She serves on several non-profit and government boards, committees, and task forces.