Meet Our Team
Kirsten Bryant, Outreach Director
Kirsten has been part of the organization since its inception. After a year of volunteering to help establish Gasp, Kirsten accepted the role of executive director in 2009. She began advocating for clean air and clean water issues as a student at the University of Alabama through her work for the Alabama Environmental Council’s (AEC) Tuscaloosa Chapter. Kirsten also worked for the AEC’s state office as program coordinator and then as executive director.
In 1995, Kirsten received the Bob and Mary Burks award for her service to the organization. She earned her undergraduate degree in merchandising with a minor in marketing from the University of Alabama. She has lived in the greater Birmingham area for 20 years working in the private sector in management and marketing related positions and as a nonprofit executive. It is Kirsten’s hope that future generations will inherit a healthy Alabama where clean air and water are valued and protected.
Michael Hansen, Executive Director
Michael has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in public relations from the University of Alabama. He has more than a decade of experience in business management, strategic marketing communications, and nonprofit organizations. Previously, he was director of public relations for The Modern Brand Company where he managed communications for the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership’s Champions for Health campaign — which included the highly successful SmokeFree Alabama initiative which led to the City of Birmingham’s adoption of its smoke-free ordinance. Before joining The Modern Brand, Michael served as public relations and marketing coordinator at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Michael has years of experience and extensive training in the areas of public health and environmental protection. He is a member of the board of directors for the Southeast Climate & Energy Network. Michael worked tirelessly for years to pass Birmingham’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance, which passed in 2017 and led to the creation of the Birmingham Human Rights Commission in 2019. He is an active member of the community, working passionately as an advocate for health equity, food access, civil rights, and social justice.
Haley Colson Lewis, JD, MPA, Staff Attorney
A native of Birmingham, Haley earned her B.A. from George Washington University, J.D. from Cumberland School of Law and a master’s in Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Haley focused her studies at Cumberland on a career in public policy and expanded that focus by obtaining an MPA. Haley began working on statewide policy issues in 2013.
Haley is an active member of the Birmingham community. She is a member of the Junior League of Birmingham and the League of Women Voters. She’s also involved with the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform movement. Haley is an advocate for comprehensive, long-term policies that promote health and equality in Alabama.