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Meet the Food & Water Watch staff

Wenonah Hauter — Executive Director

Wenonah Hauter is the founder and Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. She has worked extensively on food, water, energy and environmental issues at the national, state and local level. Her book Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America examines the corporate consolidation and control over our food system and what it means for farmers and consumers. Experienced in developing policy positions and legislative strategies, she is also a skilled and accomplished organizer, having lobbied and developed grassroots field strategy and action plans. She is currently writing Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment due for publication in 2016. From 1997 to 2005 she served as Director of Public Citizen’s Energy and Environment Program, which focused on water, food and energy policy. From 1996 to 1997, she was environmental policy director for Citizen Action, where she worked with the organization’s 30 state-based groups. From 1989 to 1995 she was at the Union of Concerned Scientists where, as a senior organizer, she coordinated broad-based, grassroots sustainable energy campaigns in several states. She has an M.S. in applied anthropology from the University of Maryland.


Lane Brooks — Chief Operating Officer

Lane Brooks is the chief operating officer for Food & Water Watch and has overall responsibility for operations including administration, finances, human resources, IT, and development. Lane has more than 25 years experience in nonprofit fundraising and management. Most recently, he served as the director of development at Public Citizen for nine years where he was responsible for the organization’s earned and contributed income programs, and served on the organization’s management team. Previously, he worked for advocacy and performing arts organizations in Washington and Denver. Lane has also served as a leader in Washington, DC’s philanthropic community as President of the city’s chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, as well as conference chair, and, on several occasions, speaker at fund raising conferences. Lane has a B.A. in broadcast journalism from Louisiana State University. He can be reached lbrooks(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Sarah Mandel — Communications & Program Assistant

Sarah Mandel is the Communications and Program Assistant for Food & Water Watch. She has a number of administrative responsibilities, including staffing the reception station, managing incoming communications from Food & Water Watch members, and providing basic office support. She also supports the communications team by tracking and filing media clips daily. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Hamilton College. She can be reached at smandel(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Grace Sweeney — Logistics Manager

Grace Sweeney is the Logistics Manager at Food & Water Watch. She works on a variety of issues relating to the office including leases, landlords liaison, coordinating moves, office equipment contracts and maintenance agreements, organizational insurance, and other duties that generally help make the logistics of operations spread across 17 offices run smoothly. Grace received her bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish language from the University of Maryland, College Park. She can be reached at gsweeney(at)fwwatch(dot)org.



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Kiley Fisher — Social Engagement Coordinator

As the Social Engagement Coordinator at Food & Water Watch, Kiley is responsible for creating and contributing to digital content with an emphasis on social media campaigns. Her background is in communications and environmental management — she previously worked for the National Association of State Foresters and Rock Creek Regional Park, in addition to leading community fracking and divestment campaigns. She graduated from Allegheny College with a double major in environmental studies and creative writing with a minor in psychology. She can be reached at kfisher(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Kate Fried — Policy Communications Director

As Policy Communications Director, Kate Fried creates, implements and manages strategic communications campaigns on behalf of Food & Water Watch’s Food program, as well as the Water team’s work on water privatization, water infrastructure and bottled water. With over a decade of experience, Kate has worked on a wide range of causes such as inner-city economic development, progressive ballot measure campaigns and energy efficient building, among others. Originally from New England, she holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in cultural studies from Oberlin College. She can be reached at kfried(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Kim Girton — Senior Design Lead

Kim Girton is Food & Water Watch’s Senior Design Lead. She brings 15 years of experience in visual communication design and strategy to Food & Water Watch’s print and digital media. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch in 2011,  Kim worked as both an in-house designer and design consultant, specializing in communication arts for nonprofit organizations in the conservation, labor relations, education and social services fields. She can be reached at kgirton(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Seth Gladstone — Field Communications Director

Seth Gladstone is the field communications director at Food & Water Watch. He is based in Brooklyn, NY. Seth’s career in political and nonprofit communications and organizing spans more than a decade. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch he served as the communications director at the Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation, as press officer for former New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, and as a deputy state political director for Senator John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. Seth graduated from New York University with a B.A. in journalism and politics. He can be contacted at sgladstone(at)fwwatch(dot)org.


Briana Kerensky — Senior Digital Content Coordinator

As the Senior Digital Content Coordinator at Food & Water Watch, Briana Kerensky handles the “care and feeding” of the website and other online platforms. She creates engaging and innovative digital content and helps ensure the strategic integration of all digital media across the organization. In addition to supporting Food & Water Watch’s mission, Briana is an instructor at digital education startup General Assembly. She teaches a part-time digital marketing course and loves to share her love of online content strategy and metrics with her students. Briana graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor’s in journalism and recently earned a master’s degree in communication with a digital concentration at Johns Hopkins University. She can be reached at bkerensky(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Sandra Lupien — Western Region Communications Manager


As the Western Region Communications Manager, Sandra Lupien collaborates with our organizers and regional directors to develop and implement communications strategies that help keep the public and media engaged with Food & Water Watch’s grassroots campaigns and policy work. Sandra brings with her nearly 15 years of experience in communications, outreach, organizing and policy advocacy in the nonprofit and public sectors. In addition, Sandra has worked as a public radio news reporter, anchor and public affairs producer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in management from University of San Francisco. She can be reached at slupien(at)fwwatch(dot)org.


 Jo Miles — Digital Program Director

Jo Miles is the Digital Program Director. She ensures the strategic integration of all digital media across the organization and uses online tools to engage and educate people who care about their food and water, and to win campaigns. She oversees the website and social media as well as digital content strategy, and works with the communications team to produce innovative, effective digital content. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Jo was at Beaconfire Consulting, where she worked with a wide range of nonprofits to help them run powerful online marketing campaigns. She holds a B.A. in English and math from Oberlin College. She can be reached at jmiles(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Amy Pratt — Visual Communications Specialist

Amy Pratt is the Visual Communications Specialist at Food & Water Watch. She provides design support for all online and print graphics and publications. In addition she plans and edits video for uses including online promotions of events and testimonies for hearings. Amy also shoots much of the on-site photography and videography for use in images and videos for Food & Water Watch campaigns. Amy earned her bachelor’s degree in digital media arts at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. She can be reached at apratt(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Darcey Rakestraw — Communications Director

Darcey Rakestraw is communications director at Food & Water Watch. She has over 10 years of experience in media relations and communications, working on a variety of global issues in non-profit, for-profit, and governmental organizations. Interested in sustainability, food policy and international development, she came to Food & Water Watch from the Worldwatch Institute, where she was communications manager and then communications director. She has also worked at the Ethiopian embassy as press officer and in an investment bank and a PR firm. Darcey is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and holds a B.A. in political science from Vassar College. She can be reached at drakestraw(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Ryanne Waters — Media and Campaigns Officer

WatersRyanne-WEBRyanne Waters is the Media and Campaigns Officer for Food & Water Watch. She writes and implements media strategy and serves as the main point of contact for press on a variety of issues for the water team, including fracking and bottled water. Previously, Ryanne provided media support at a public affairs firm, and prior to that, she got her start in environmental advocacy at the Sierra Club in Washington, D.C. She also has a broad campaign background where she has worked on a ballot initiative to protect clean air standards in California, as well as a Congressional and a City Council Campaign in Los Angeles. Ryanne received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in International Relations from the University of Southern California. She can be reached at rwaters(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

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Sarah Borron — Researcher

Sarah Borron is a Researcher on the Food Team at Food & Water Watch. She largely covers the negative impacts of industrial scale agriculture as well as nutrition issues. Sarah holds a master’s degree in agriculture, food, and the environment from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Denison University. In the past, Sarah has worked as a policy associate for the Community Food Security Coalition and as program and advocacy manager for the Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas.


Lily Boyce — Researcher

Lily Boyce is a Researcher for the food team at Food & Water Watch. Her work is focused on issues related to the consolidation  of the U.S. food system, among many other food and agricultural policy topics. Lily earned her B.A. in geography and Russian & East European studies from the University of Kansas.




Tony Corbo — Senior Lobbyist

Tony Corbo is the senior lobbyist for the food campaign at Food & Water Watch. He is responsible for food-related legislative and regulatory issues that come before Congress and the Executive Branch. Tony has extensive organizing experience having directed major public employee representation campaigns in several states. He has also directed political campaigns at various levels, and he served as the administrative assistant to a Member of Congress. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. He can be reached tcorbo(at)

Patty Lovera — Assistant Director

Patty Lovera is the Assistant Director of Food & Water Watch. She coordinates the food team. Patty has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in environmental policy from the University of Michigan. Before joining Food & Water Watch, Patty was the deputy director of the energy and environment program at Public Citizen and a researcher at the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.



Genna Reed — Researcher

Genna Reed is a researcher primarily focused on new technology issues within the food system. Genna has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in environmental policy design from Lehigh University. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Genna was a fellow with the mid-Atlantic regional office of the EPA in Philadelphia, performing research on streams and wetlands for the Environmental Assessment and Innovation Division. She can be reached at gcreed(at)



Tim Schwab — Researcher

Tim Schwab is a food researcher at Food and Water Watch. With a background in journalism, Tim worked as a reporter and as a researcher on a variety of projects before joining Food and Water Watch. He has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He can be reached at tschwab(at)fwwatch(dot)org.



Tyler Shannon — Researcher

Tyler Shannon is a researcher for the food team, and focuses on a wide range of issues including factory farming and corporate control of the food system. He has a B.S. in computer science from the University of Puget Sound, and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Tyler was a research associate with the United Food & Commercial Workers where he worked on CAFOs and the meatpacking industry. He can be reached at tshannon(at)fwwatch(dot)org.


Patrick Woodall — Research Director & Senior Policy Advocate

Patrick Woodall is Research Director and Senior Policy Advocate for Food & Water Watch. Patrick has been a public policy analyst, researcher and advocate on economic justice issues in Washington for more than two decades. He is the coauthor of a book on the World Trade Organization, and has written dozens of reports and articles on public policy. He received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins with concentrations in international relations and economics. Patrick can be reached at pwoodall(at)fwwatch(dot)org.


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Mary Grant — Researcher

Mary Grant is a researcher for the water program. Her work focuses on water privatization. She has a B.S. in environmental sciences from Duke University. Mary can be reached at mgrant(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Hugh MacMillan — Senior Researcher

Hugh MacMillan is a senior researcher in the water program. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, he served one year as a legislative fellow and science advisor in the U.S. Senate and five years as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University. He has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He can be reached at hmacmillan(at)fwwatch(dot)org.



Elizabeth Schuster — Senior Legislative and Policy Analyst 

Elizabeth Schuster is the senior legislative and policy analyst for the Water program at Food & Water Watch. In addition to advocating for water issues, she also assists with Common Resources issues. She is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia, New York and Florida, and previously worked as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, where she represented seniors, children, disabled and the impoverished in state court. She holds a B.B.A. from Loyola University in Maryland, a J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law, and an LL.M. in law and government with a specialization in environmental law and policy from American University Washington College of Law.

Emily Wurth — Water Program Director

Emily Wurth is Food & Water Watch’s Water Program Director. Emily conducts research and promotes policies at the local, state and federal level to help protect the nation’s water systems as public assets, and to safeguard the country’s water resources. Emily has a B.A. in international studies and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She can be reached at ewurth(at)fwwatch(dot)org.



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Common Resources

Mitch Jones — Common Resources Director

Mitch Jones is the Director of the Common Resources Program at Food & Water Watch. He manages the organization’s campaigns on nutrient trading regimes, water markets and pricing, municipal water infrastructure funding, catch share fisheries management programs, and open ocean aquaculture. He was previously the Director of the Fish Program at Food & Water Watch. Mitch also worked as the Senior Legislative and Policy Analyst for Food & Water Watch’s Water Program. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, he worked at the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, focusing on issues related to food safety and renewable fuel policy. He has appeared on CNBC, Al Jazeera English, and various radio stations across America. He holds a B.A. in history and philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a M.A.L.A. from St. John’s College, Santa Fe. Mitch can be reached mjones(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Elizabeth Nussbaumer — Researcher

Elizabeth Nussbaumer is a researcher and policy analyst for the Common Resources program and Food & Water Justice project. She focuses on a wide range of issues related to protecting our common resources as a public trust. Specifically, she works on numerous iterations of pollution trading like carbon markets, cap-and-trade, offsets and water quality trading. She also works on ocean acidification and fisheries management as they relate to pollution trading, greenhouse gas emissions and privatization. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in political science from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and a Master of Public Policy from American University in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth can be reached at enussbaumer(at)fwwatch(dot)org.


Ron Zucker — Researcher

ZuckerRon-WEBRon Zucker is a researcher in the Common Resources program. He has worked in a variety of roles as an advocate and campaign manager, including being the Legislative Director at 2020 Vision, a researcher for Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and Congress Watch, and the Deputy Director of Americans for Democratic Action. In addition, Ron spent ten years in the Silicon Valley as a self-described geek. He has a double B.A. in political science and philosophy with a minor in English from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Ron can be reached at rzucker(at)fwwatch(dot)org.


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Claudia Campero — Campaigner

CamperoClaudia-WEBClaudia Campero is a water campaigner for Food and Water Watch and Blue Planet Project in Mexico. She helps coordinate with organizations around the world in international efforts such as celebrating Blue October and challenging the World Water Forum. Claudia monitors water privatization and fracking in Mexico to help raise awareness for action. She studied geography at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and holds a master’s in urban development planning from the University College London. Claudia is a founding and active member of COMDA (Coalition of Mexican Organizations for the Right to Water) and the Mexican Alliance Against Fracking.

Geert Decock — Director of EU Affairs

Geert Decock is Food & Water Europe’s Director of EU Affairs, based in Brussels. He is campaigning for a ban on the use of hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Europe, focused mainly on the European Union institutions in Brussels. He is cooperating with several NGOs across Europe who share our goals of protecting our precious water resources against fracking-related pollution and promoting a stronger focus on renewables and energy efficiency in the European Union. Geert has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Alberta (Canada).  He can be reached at gdecock(at)fweurope(dot)org.


Eve Mitchell — Food & Water Europe Food Policy Advisor

Eve-Mitchell -StaffPhoto-webEve Mitchell is the Food Policy Advisor for Food & Water Europe, based in the Highlands of Scotland. With over 20 years of experience in human rights, international development, trade and sustainable agriculture, she is helping to bring Food and Water Watch’s experience to bear in Europe. With a particular interest in corporate and political accountability, she is looking at food sovereignty in fisheries and aquaculture, GM agriculture and animal feed – particularly soya. She studied English and anthropology at Boston University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She can be reached at emitchell(at)fweurope(dot)org.


Darcey O’Callaghan — International Policy Director

Darcey O’Callaghan has been with Food & Water Watch since 2008, currently serving as the International Policy Director. She works to raise U.S. awareness of global issues and to support international campaigns that promote public water and food sovereignty, and that call for a ban on fracking. She has been an organizer of numerous civil society mobilizations including alternative World Water Forums, World Social Forums and Rio+20, the 20th anniversary of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Darcey previously worked as a community organizer in Detroit, and with New Rules for Global Finance, the Rethinking Bretton Woods Project and Doctors for Global Health. She holds an M.A. in international economic policy from American University and a B.S.W. in social work from Western Michigan University. Email her at: docallaghan(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Marcela Olivera — Latin America Coordinator

OliveraMarcela-WEBMarcela Olivera is the Latin America coordinator for the Water for All campaign. After graduating from the Catholic University in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Marcela worked for four years in Cochabamba as the key international liaison for the Coalition for the Defense of Water and Life. In 2004, she moved to Washington, DC for a year to work for the Water for All campaign, developing an inter-American citizens’ network on water rights. Named “Red Vida,” the network, which she continues to coordinate from Cochabamba, assists water rights groups throughout Latin America to coordinate their efforts to preserve or establish the water as a public good and human right. Marcela has also worked as a lead researcher at the Democracy Center, a San Francisco and Cochabamba-based NGO. She can be reached at molivera(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

David Sánchez — Campaign Officer

David Sánchez is Food & Water Europe’s campaign officer, based in Brussels. He works together with local grassroots movements for safe, accessible, sustainable public water in the EU and looks at sustainable food and trade. He studied environmental sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain and holds a master’s degree in ecology. He has been involved in the Spanish and European food sovereignty movements, campaigning on GMOs, agrofuels, factory farming and promoting local food networks. He can be found at dsanchez(at)fweurope(dot)org.


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Jorge Aguilar — Southern Region Director

Jorge Aguilar is the Southern Region Director, and oversees Food & Water Watch’s campaigns in the Southeast region. He has worked to defeat major water privatization projects in Florida and led the successful legislative campaign in Maryland to ban the use of arsenic in chicken production. By working with local coalition partners and volunteers, he is continuing to fight against the unsustainable factory farm system and the dangers associated with fracking that threaten our most essential resources. He previously worked as a labor organizer for SEIU in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Jorge has an M.A. in communications from the University of Florida. Jorge can be reached at jaguilar(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Sarah Alexander — Deputy Organizing Director

Sarah Alexander is the Deputy Organizing Director. She directs Food & Water Watch’s online campaigns, as well as special events and outreach to new communities. Sarah has worked on issues related to food sovereignty, genetic engineering, and local food security. Her background is in community organizing, strategic campaigning and legislative campaigns, having previously worked with Green Corps, the White Earth Land Recovery Project, and the American Community Gardening Association. Sarah is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied English. She can be reached at salexander(at)fwwatch(org).


Alison Auciello — Ohio Organizer

Alison Auciello is an organizer working in Ohio. Her background is in community outreach and fundraising around environmental and consumer rights issues. Before joining Food & Water Watch, Alison worked with Ohio Citizen Action on manufacturing and landfill pollution issues, and most extensively on coal pollution issues. She has contributed to successful campaigns to stop new coal plants from being built in Ohio, advocated for closure of the oldest and dirtiest coal plants, and worked toward an end to mountaintop removal. Alison can be reached at aauciello(at)fwwatch(dot)org.


Alex Beauchamp — Northeast Region Director

Alex Beauchamp is the Northeast Region Director at Food & Water Watch. Based in the Brooklyn office, Alex oversees all organizing efforts in New York and the Northeast. Alex has worked on issues related to fracking, factory farms, genetic engineering, and water privatization at Food & Water Watch since 2009. His background is in legislative campaigning, and community and electoral organizing. Before joining Food & Water Watch, Alex worked for Grassroots Campaigns, Inc., where he worked on several campaigns including organizing support for renewable energy in Colorado, fundraising, and running get-out-the-vote operations. Alex graduated from Carleton College with a degree in political science. He can be reached at abeauchamp(at)fwwatch(org).

Sam Bernhardt — Senior Organizer

Sam Bernhardt is a Senior Organizer at Food & Water Watch. Based in Philadelphia, Sam coordinates Food & Water Watch campaigns on food and water issues around the state. His work in Pennsylvania centers around empowering communities to fight by training and organizing groups to hold their elected officials accountable.

Sam has a range of organizing experience, having worked on local, state, national and electoral campaigns. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and science studies from Wesleyan University.


Eleanor Bravo — Southwest Senior Organizer

Eleanor Bravo is a Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She works with local communities and groups throughout New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. Eleanor also works with lawmakers in New Mexico on fracking and food safety issues. With more than 30 years of experience as a social activist and political organizer, she managed the top performing field office in the nation during the 2008 presidential campaign to elect Barack Obama. As an independent filmmaker, her crew was instrumental in creating work which helped expose and prohibit the building of the proposed coal burning Desert Rock Power Plant in the four corners area of New Mexico. She also contributed her efforts toward the repeal of the death penalty there. In 2010, Eleanor was the county field director for the gubernatorial election campaign. A longtime proponent of a woman’s right to choose, she remains active in the struggle for equal rights for women. She is a certified mediator/facilitator specializing in divorce & child custody, environmental issues and alternative dispute resolution in the workplace.

Amanda Byrnes — Online Campaign Organizer

ByrnesAmanda-WEBAmanda Byrnes is the Online Campaign Organizer for the northeast and southern regions. She works with regional organizers to implement online campaigns, coordinates D.C. organizing, and provides support for national online campaigns. Amanda hails from upstate New York, where she has been involved with grassroots efforts to ban fracking since 2008. Prior to joining Food & Watch, she worked in educational publishing, served as lead volunteer on MoveOn’s petition vetting team, and was a regional volunteer coordinator on the Zephyr Teachout for New York campaign. She holds a B.A. in art history and history from Gettysburg College. Amanda can be reached at abyrnes(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Miranda Carter — National Online Campaign Manager

Miranda Carter is the National Online Campaign Manager for Food & Water Watch. She works to develop and implement online organizing strategies to win campaigns, build Food & Water Watch’s capacity and increase member engagement. Before joining the online organizing team, she organized in Maryland to ban arsenic from chicken production and prevent fracking in the state. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Miranda completed the Green Corps program for environmental organizing and advocacy, and then organized for Environment Illinois to stop factory farm pollution in the state. She graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in environmental studies and biology. She can be reached at mcarter(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Becca Claassen — Santa Barbara County, California Organizer

Becca Claassen is a Santa Barbara County, California organizer with Food & Water Watch. She earned a Bachelor of Earth Science from California Polytechnic State University and then became a Doctor of Chiropractic. The birth of her daughter motivated Becca to focus on climate justice with the intention of leaving the world in better shape for future generations. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Becca helped found the Santa Barbara County Water Guardians and its grassroots effort to fight against increases in extreme oil extraction in the coastal California area. For those efforts, Santa Barbara County selected her for the 2014 Cox Conserves Hero Award. Becca can be reached at rclaassen(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

ComptonStephanie-WEBStephanie Compton — Maryland Canvass Director

Stephanie Compton is the Maryland Canvass Director at Food & Water Watch. She is responsible for strategizing with local organizers to determine where Food & Water Watch canvasses communities with membership fundraising and collecting constituent letters. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Stephanie was a community organizer with Texas Campaign for the Environment, where she worked to improve recycling programs through a corporate accountability campaign, helped pass a ban on fracking in Dallas, and passed a fee-based program on single use checkout bags in cities throughout Texas. Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Texas in Arlington.

Julia DeGraw — Northwest Senior Organizer

Julia DeGraw is the Northwest Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch. Julia is an Oregon native passionate about protecting the Northwest’s essential food and water resources. She works with local groups to prevent fracked gas exports in Oregon and to stop Nestlé from bottling Northwest water. She is also building regional support for GMO labeling and for saving antibiotics by preventing antibiotics abuse in factory farms. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Julia worked with the Gifford Pinchot Task Force where she launched a campaign to protect rivers in Southwest Washington state. She also completed Green Corps’ one-year program to train the next generation of organizers. While with Green Corps, Julia took part in many campaigns including an international campaign against Coca Cola’s illegal water bottling practices in India. She holds a B.S. in environmental studies and sociology from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Julia can be reached at jdegraw(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Walker Foley — Southern California Organizer

Walker Foley is a Southern California Organizer at Food & Water Watch. He works in Los Angeles and Southern California to campaign and advocate for safe food, the human right to water and a ban on dangerous oil industry practices. Walker holds a degree in communications from the University of Dayton. He found his passion for organizing when Chesapeake Energy and others began industrializing the pristine forests for fracking near his family’s long-time home in northern West Virginia. He can be reached at wfoley(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Jessica Fujan — Senior Organizer

Jessica Fujan is a Senior Organizer with Food & Water Watch, working with Illinoisans and Minnesotans to label genetically engineered food and protect water resources from fracking, privatization and factory farm pollution. Jessica was formerly a community organizer for affordable housing in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Neighborhood. There, she joined underserved communities in demanding supportive services, and oversaw the operation of an urban farm. Following her graduation from Beloit College in 2008, Jessica also worked for Heifer International, promoting sustainable agriculture and conscious consumer choices, Peace Brigades International (PBI), advocating for Guatemalan human rights defenders, and interned for the World Food Program in Nepal, evaluating local response to Food for Work programs. Jessica continues to muddy her boots as a community gardener.

Caitlin Seeley George — Western State Online Organizer

GeorgeCaitlin-WEBCaitlin Seeley George is the Online Organizer for the Western states, based in Denver. She works with field organizers to develop and implement online campaigns at the state and local level, and with our national team on email outreach for our federal campaigns. Before joining Food & Water Watch she ran the direct mail department for the Fund for the Public Interest, developing and executing fundraising and outreach campaigns for more than 60 environmental and consumer rights nonprofits.  Caitlin also worked as a field organizer with Environment America and Green Corps, a one-year training program in environmental organizing and advocacy. Caitlin got her Bachelor of Arts at Oberlin College, where she double majored in politics and English. She can be reached at cseeleygeorge(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Lana Guardo — New York Organizer

GuardoLana-WEBLana Guardo is an organizer with Food & Water Watch in New York, based out of the Brooklyn office. She works with New Yorkers to hold their elected officials accountable in ensuring a safe, sustainable food supply and clean public water. Before joining Food & Water Watch, Lana worked as a regional organizer with the Greenpeace Student Network, coaching student organizers in their efforts to organize environmental campaigns on their campuses throughout the northeast. She also organized national and regional youth clean-energy conferences in Washington, DC and New York City. A native Brooklynite, Lana also comes to Food & Water Watch with experience as an Urban Park Ranger for the Parks and Recreation Department in New York City. She graduated from The Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York with a B.A. in environmental justice. Lana can be reached at lguardo(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Lynna Kaucheck — Michigan Senior Organizer

Lynna is a Senior Organizer working in Michigan. Lynna works on water privatization fights, Great Lakes water issues, and food issues including factory farms and genetic engineering. Before joining Food & Water Watch, Lynna worked for Clean Water Action where she organized local, state and federal environmental and electoral campaigns. Lynna earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Resource Development and her master’s degree from Florida Institute of Technology in environmental education. In her spare time Lynna develops curricula for environmental education programs, cares for her three dogs and cat, dances, plays soccer, practices yoga and aerial arts, rides her bike, watches whales, votes and occasionally sleeps. She can be reached at lkaucheck(at)fwwatch(org).

Katy Kiefer — Activist Network Manager

Katy Kiefer is the Activist Network Manager at Food & Water Watch. She works with students and volunteers across the country to build local power, calling on decision makers to protect everyone’s right to safe, healthy food and clean water. Katy provides trainings and resources, and coordinates national actions on key issues such as fighting fracking, labeling GMOs, and banning the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. Prior to joining the Food & Water Watch team, Katy completed the Green Corps program for environmental organizing and advocacy, and then worked with Green Corps as a lead organizer. She graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a B.S. in environmental science and a minor in faith-justice studies. She can be reached at kkiefer(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Renée Maas — Senior Southern Region Organizer

Renée Maas is the Southern Region Organizer working with communities in the Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama from Food & Water Watch’s North Carolina office. Before moving to North Carolina, Renée established Food & Water Watch’s Los Angeles office in 2008. Renée has successfully worked with farmers, fishing communities, social justice and environmental organizations and concerned citizens to stand up for their rights to safe food and clean water. Her passion for protecting our essential resources stems from her youth when she showed sheep and judged livestock through 4-H. She has a master’s degree in public policy with an emphasis in water resource management and a minor in sustainable agriculture from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her undergraduate degree is in ethnic studies from the University of California, San Diego. Renée can be reached at rmaas(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Alexandra Nagy — Southern California Organizer

Alexandra Nagy is the Southern California Organizer at the Los Angeles branch of Food & Water Watch. She works within the Los Angeles and greater Southern California region to advocate for consumer health issues, namely food safety, the human right to water, and a statewide ban on fracking. Alex holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and urban planning from the University of California, Irvine. While at UC Irvine, Alex created a sustainability program and a student-employee working group for dining services, and developed the campus’ first student-led, community garden, Ants in Your Plants.


Brenna Norton — Southern California Organizer

Brenna Norton is the Southern California Organizer for Food & Water Watch. Based in Los Angeles, she works with local communities and statewide organizations to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing in California. She also is working to stop a massive corporate water grab scheme that would force water rate hikes for Southern Californians and would divert funds from projects that can make our water supply more reliable. Her background is in legislative campaigning and community and electoral organizing. Before working for Food & Water Watch, Brenna worked as a Grassroots Organizer for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition on federal food and farm policy. She has worked for a wide range of nonprofits, managed 47 precincts and multiple field offices for the 2008 presidential campaign, and worked in a Senate committee office. She holds a degree from Scripps College in political science, international relations, and a minor in history and a certificate in campaign management from George Washington University. Brenna is a California native, passionate about protecting our food and water resources and building strong community based campaigns.

Matt Ohloff — Western Region Organizer

Matt Ohloff is the Iowa-based organizer for Food & Water Watch. He organizes with local communities and groups throughout Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska around food and water issues. Before joining Food & Water Watch, Matt was a rural community organizer with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, where he focused on factory farm issues. He worked with communities throughout the state to stop factory farms, as well as pushed for policies to hold factory farms accountable for the damage they do to their neighbors and the environment. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in political science. He can be reached at mohloff(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Tomás Morales Rebecchi — Ventura County, California Organizer

Tomás Morales Rebecchi is a Ventura County Organizer for Food & Water Watch. Based in Oxnard and Ventura, California, he works with local communities and statewide organizations to ban fracking. His background is in civic engagement, running voter registration drives and managing political campaigns. Immediately prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Tomás worked in his home county of San Benito as Field Director and Co-Campaign Manager for Measure J, the first successful voter initiative in California to ban fracking, cyclic steam injection, and acidizing at the county level. He graduated from San Diego State University with bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish. Tomás can be reached at trebecchi(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

 Sam Schabacker — Associate Organizing Director

Sam Schabacker is the Associate Organizing Director. He oversees Food & Water Watch’s organizing campaigns to ban fracking, label genetically engineered foods and protect our essential food and water resources throughout the Midwest and Western Region. He has organized on a host of social, economic and environmental justice issues for the past decade. He has a B.A. in economics.



Mark Schlosberg — National Organizing Director

Mark Schlosberg is the National Organizing Director, and is responsible for developing strategies for Food & Water Watch’s national campaigns and managing the Organizing Department. For over 15 years, Mark has developed and carried out organizing and advocacy campaigns on a wide range of environmental, racial justice, and civil liberties issues. At Food & Water Watch since 2008, Mark was previously Western Regional Director and is based in San Francisco. Before joining Food & Water Watch, Mark worked as a policy director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California where he authored numerous reports and lead campaigns on issues ranging from civilian oversight of the police to government surveillance and privacy. Mark has a J.D. from New York University and a B.A. in economics from University of California at Berkeley. He can be reached at mschlosberg(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Adam Scow — California Director

Adam Scow is the California Director at Food & Water Watch. Adam oversees the California organizing program, which tackles some of California’s greatest challenges to the long-term health of its water, energy and food. Adam has guided several successful statewide and local campaigns towards protecting California’s water as a public resource and is an often cited expert on California water and food issues in national media publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. He previously researched California farm and water policy in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at ascow(at)fwwatch(dot)org.


Lena Smith — New Jersey Organizer

Lena Smith is a New Jersey organizer for Food & Water Watch, based in Philadelphia. She works with community groups to ensure safe and sustainable food and water. With a background in community development, she has organized with groups creating community control of housing, health and human services and natural resources. Lena served as a Peace Corps agriculture volunteer in Paraguay from 2010 – 2012. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, she worked with the St. Louis Interfaith Committee on Latin America on stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as well as seeking social and economic justice for Latinos and other racial minorities in St. Louis. Lena earned a B.A. in social work and Spanish from Gordon College and a M.S.W. in social and economic development from Washington University in St. Louis.

Matt Smith — New Jersey Organizer

Matt Smith is an organizer for Food & Water Watch in New Jersey. He is responsible for developing and implementing legislative, field organizing, and media strategies and campaigns in support of Food & Water Watch policy goals. Matt has organizing experience in the climate justice movement as a state coordinator for in NJ. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Philadelphia University. He can be reached at msmith(at)fwwatch(dot)org.



Liz Solorio — Activist Network Coordinator/Program Associate

Liz Solorio is the Activist Network Coordinator/Program Associate at Food & Water Watch. Based in Oakland, her main tasks involve providing programming and administrative support for the Organizing department. She also helps staff the Food & Water Watch campus program, including leading trainings for students and supervising campus coordinators. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Liz conducted research on labor issues in international trade agreements and interned at the National Family Farm Coalition. Liz graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in society and environment and a dual minor in Spanish and education. She is fluent in Spanish and translates materials for the organizing department. She can be reached at esolorio(at)fwwatch(dot)org.


Nisha Swinton — Senior Organizer

Nisha Swinton is the Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch, covering the New England states. She is responsible for working on the organization’s New England campaigns to ban fracking, and also worked to pass the nation’s first genetically engineered labeling bills in Connecticut and Maine. Before joining Food and Water Watch, Nisha worked on environmental justice campaigns in the United States and West Africa. She also produced radio shows discussing critical social justice issues for a community run, non-commercial station in New York City. Nisha holds a master’s degree in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School and a bachelor’s in international policy with an emphasis in environmental studies and economics from the University of Iowa. She can be reached at nswinton(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Lisa Trope — Colorado Organizer

TropeLisa-WEBLisa Trope is the Colorado Organizer for Food & Water Watch, working with Coloradans to hold their elected officials accountable in ensuring a safe, sustainable food supply and clean, public water. Before joining Food & Water Watch, Lisa completed Green Corps, a training program for environmental organizing. During that year she worked on a number of campaigns, including legislation for renewable energy standards, a ballot initiative to work to label genetically engineered food, and legislation to pass a statewide one-time plastic bag ban. Lisa graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in environmental studies.

Tyler Van Kirk — Colorado Canvass Director

Tyler Van Kirk is the Colorado Canvass Director for Food & Water Watch, based in Denver. Tyler has six years of experience working with grassroots organizations. He started his career in political advocacy working on pesticide and energy campaigns with the New Jersey Environmental Federation. He has directed canvass operations fighting coal pollution with Ohio Citizen Action, and hydro-fracking with Citizens Campaign for the Environment in central New York. In 2012, Tyler launched Food & Water Watch’s first field canvass operation in New Jersey, helping win local, county and state campaigns on fracking, water privatization and genetically engineered food labeling. He holds bachelor’s degrees in music performance and political science from Susquehanna University.

Jim Walsh — Mid-Atlantic Region Director

Jim Walsh is a dedicated political organizer with over ten years experience working in local and national movements to empower communities to work for social, environmental, and economic justice. Jim currently serves as the Mid-Atlantic Region Director for Food & Water Watch. In this capacity, Jim is overseeing and implementing a regional strategy to ensure the wellbeing of the public triumphs over private interests who profit from the exploitation of the essential resources of food and water.

Jim first found his passion for social justice when he started volunteering for the Milwaukee Catholic Workers while earning a degree in economics from Marquette University. After graduating from Marquette, he participated in an organizing fellowship with the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group at Rutgers University. He then went on to work for Family Promise, organizing communities of faith on issues of poverty and homelessness. Immediately prior to starting with Food & Water Watch, Jim was the Program Director for New Jersey Citizen Action where he would oversee statewide campaigns focused on a variety of social justice issues ranging from health care for all to ending the war in Iraq.

Eric Weltman — New York Senior Organizer

Eric Weltman is Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch in New York. He has over 20 years of experience leading social justice campaigns and building progressive power. Eric has helped direct ground-breaking coalitions, organize high-visibility media events, write influential publications and manage successful initiatives to pass legislation and fund programs. Eric also has extensive experience conducting trainings on media outreach, advocacy, organizing and public speaking. He has taught urban politics at Suffolk University, and written for such publications as The American Prospect, In These Times, and Dollars & Sense. A native of New Jersey, Eric graduated from the University of Michigan and earned an M.A. in urban & environmental policy from Tufts University.

Rita Yelda — New York Organizer

Since 2011 Rita Yelda has been an organizer with Food & Water Watch in Buffalo, New York, where she educates and activates communities to build strong campaigns. She has worked on the campaign to ban fracking in New York since 2010, and in 2011 she worked to pass New York’s first municipal ban on fracking in Buffalo. Rita was also part of the campaign that won a fracking ban in New York in December 2014. She holds a B.A. in sociology with a minor in environment & society and a B.S. in fashion & textile technology from SUNY College at Buffalo. She can be reached at ryelda(at)

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Legal Advocacy

Zach Corrigan — Senior Staff Attorney

Zach Corrigan is the Senior Staff Attorney for Food & Water Watch. He has been an advocate for sustainability and environmental conservation for more than a decade. He began working on seafood safety issues in 2002 when he served as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. There, he was a lead advocate for limiting people’s exposure to mercury from contaminated fish by fighting for more stringent EPA rules to curb mercury emissions from power plants. In 2004, Zach became a Legislative Representative for Public Citizen and, shortly thereafter, Food & Water Watch. In May 2006, he became the Staff Attorney for the organization, working with all of its teams to pursue litigation, regulatory, and legislative solutions for all of the issues on which Food & Water Watch works. Zach graduated from the University of Wisconsin and earned his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. He is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts. He can be reached at zcorrigan(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Scott Edwards — Co-Director, Food & Water Justice Project

Scott Edwards is co-director of the Food & Water Justice project. He came to Food & Water Watch after spending eleven years with Waterkeeper Alliance, most recently as Director of Advocacy. Scott’s work at Waterkeeper involved designing and implementing strategies for a whole host of campaigns on issues such as industrial agriculture, mercury contamination, coal and military wastes. He has brought cases against the U.S. Navy for the bombing of the island of Vieques, prosecuted U.S. energy companies in Canadian courts for contamination of waterways and has been very active against factory farms in both North Carolina and the Chesapeake region. While at Waterkeeper, he was also very active in setting up programs in Asia, including China, India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Prior to getting his law degree and entering the practice of environmental law, Scott taught ecology and environmental sciences to New York City high school students. He works out of the New York office of Food & Water Watch.

Michele Merkel — Co-Director, Food & Water Justice Project

Michele Merkel is co-director of the Food & Water Justice project, and was formerly the Chesapeake Regional Coordinator for Waterkeeper Alliance. At Waterkeeper, Michele helped to develop and implement the campaigns of the eighteen Waterkeeper programs that protect the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays. Prior to joining the Alliance, Michele was Senior Counsel and co-founder of the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). At EIP, she was responsible for developing legal campaigns under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, focusing mostly on industrial livestock production and municipal sewage issues. Michele previously served as an attorney for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, where she worked closely with the Department of Justice to bring actions for violations of federal environmental laws. Prior to joining EPA, Michele was General Counsel for Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and worked for a few years in the criminal defense section of a private law firm. Michele will be working out of Food & Water Watch’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.


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Patricia Cronin — Manager of Individual Giving, West Coast Region

Patricia Cronin is the Manager of Individual Giving for the West Coast Region, where she deepens the involvement of new and long-time supporters and foundations in Food & Water Watch’s campaigns. She is excited to participate in the inspiring and bold actions of the California organizing team and protect the Golden State’s food system and precious water resources. For the past six years Patricia has worked to increase the sustainability of organizations that advocate for people and the environment. As Major Gifts Organizer with Corporate Accountability International, Patricia helped raise the profile of the organization with members across the country. Prior to that, Patricia was a grant writer for a community-based Latino mental and public health nonprofit in the Greater Boston area. Patricia holds a B.A. in English rhetoric and a B.A. in sociology from Binghamton University (SUNY), and is receiving a certificate in nonprofit management from California University East Bay in 2015. She can be reached at pcronin(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Carol Cook — Member Specialist

CookCarol-WEBAs Food & Water Watch’s Member Specialist, Carol Cook contacts our members to tell them more about our work and help them to become more involved in our campaigns. She has had a long and diverse career working with and for a variety of nonprofit organizations, from the National Small Business Association to the American Institute for Cancer Research. She also helped to start a wealth management company, David Cook Associates, where her son, Sean, serves as its current President and CEO. Her other son, Scott, played professional soccer for many years and is now a church pastor in North Carolina. Carol has six grandchildren that she loves to spoil and is happy to be working for Food & Water Watch as she feels she is doing her part to protect our food and water for them. She can be reached at ccook(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Daniele Gerard — Manager of Individual Giving, Northeast Region

Daniele Gerard is responsible for diversifying and increasing Food & Water Watch’s donor base in New York and the Northeast. Daniele’s fundraising experience has included event organizing and donor outreach for political campaigns, schools, and not-for-profits. A former commercial litigator and prisoners’ rights attorney, Daniele has also been an Upper West Side activist participating in the grassroots movement to ban fracking in New York State. Daniele has a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She can be reached at dgerard(at)fwwatch(dot)org.


Tyler Kalogeros-Treschuk — Deputy Director of Development & Director of Individual Giving

Tyler Kalogeros-Treschuk joined Food & Water Watch as our Manager of Individual Giving in 2012. Tyler brings more than eight years of nonprofit development experience from various issue areas including the arts, women’s health, and international development. As the Deputy Director of Development, Tyler supports the entire development team’s efforts with a particular focus on its individual donors. Helping new and existing supporters understand the importance of — and investment in — Food & Water Watch’s invaluable work is his favorite part of the job. In his free time, Tyler exercises his interest in organizational development through service on several nonprofit boards. Tyler attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he received his B.A. in American history, and holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, University College. He can be reached at tyler(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Doug Lakey — Director of Development

Doug Lakey is Food & Water Watch’s Director of Development.  He joined the organization in March 2011.  Doug is responsible for leading the fundraising efforts at the organization, including outreach, cultivation, and solicitation to foundations, major donors, and FWW members.  He is very excited to be at FWW, as it enables him to return to his roots in development, after his most recent stint as the Senior Director of Advocacy Programs at Alliance for Justice, a national civil rights and social justice nonprofit.  Doug was at AFJ for 11 years, and served in a variety of capacities, but all involved a substantial amount of development responsibilities.  In addition to leading the Advocacy Programs, he also served for two years as Director of AFJ’s West Coast Office in Oakland, CA, where he managed AFJ’s west coast Advocacy Programs and did extensive program development and outreach to a wide variety of California community and advocacy groups.   His over three-year stay in California also included a stint as a professional consultant, where he provided consulting services to California and national advocacy organizations on a variety of fundraising and organizational development issues.  Prior to working in California, he was the Development Director at AFJ where he helped grow and diversify the revenue base of the organization. Doug is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.A. in business) and has over 25 years of nonprofit management; in addition to his 11 years at Alliance for Justice, he spent five years at the senior management level with the Human Rights Campaign and 11 years as an administrator at the George Washington University Medical Center. He can be reached at dlakey(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Aliya Mejias — Development Associate

MeijasAliya-WEBAliya Mejias is the Development Associate at Food & Water Watch. She supports Food & Water Watch’s members, helps manage our charity rating profiles, handles database needs and manages workplace giving campaigns. Aliya also manages the daily operations of the development staff. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, she supported the Education and Outreach department as an intern. Aliya holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from American University. She can be reached at amejias(at)fwwatch(dot)org.


Rachel Nissley — Development Coordinator

Rachel Nissley is the Development Coordinator at Food & Water Watch. She manages Food & Water Watch’s portfolio of foundations including outreach to foundation prospects and retaining current funders. She also maintains Food & Water Watch’s charity rating profiles, handles database needs, and supports the daily operations of the development staff. She holds a B.A. in political science and international relations from Michigan State University. Rachel can be reached at rnissley(at)fwwatch(dot)org.


Alex Patton — Monthly Giving Manager

PattonAlex_WEB_2015Alex Patton is the Monthly Giving Manager at Food & Water Watch. He manages our monthly giving program, Food & Water Partners. If you’re a Food & Water Partner and need any help with your monthly gift, please contact Alex. You can also reach out to him if you’re interested in becoming a Partner in our work. In addition to the overseeing the monthly giving program, Alex helps the development department with writing and editing, and manages Food & Water Watch’s workplace giving campaigns. Alex holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He can be reached at apatton(at)fwwatch(dot)org.


Suzanne Riger — Manager of Individual Giving, Southern Region

RigerSuzanne-WEBSuzanne has a decade of nonprofit and fundraising experience. She was most recently the Foundation Relations Manager at Plan International. Prior to that position, Suzanne held development positions where she was responsible for a variety of functions including proposal development, annual campaigns, grants management, donor and board relations, and event coordination. Suzanne started her nonprofit career as a researcher for an AFL-CIO affiliate. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Arts from American University in international development. Suzanne is originally from Maryland and is currently based in Fort Lauderdale/Miami. She can be reached at sriger(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

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Finance & Human Resources

Vivian Chan — Finance Assistant

Tosin Eboda — Human Resources Manager

Tosin Eboda is the Human Resources Manager at Food & Water Watch, where she is responsible for the benefits administration, recruitment and employee relations of the organization. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, she served as a Human Resources Generalist at the New America Foundation, where she supported the foundation’s daily operations and human resources efforts. Ms. Eboda previously worked in public affairs and at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She earned her Bachelor of Science in sociology and criminal justice degree from Bowie State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in human resources management at the same university. 

Marie Garvin — Director of Finance

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Information Technology

Dylan Gold — Deputy Salesforce Administrator & Support Specialist

Kate Kappel Haba — Director of Salesforce Solutions

KappelHabaKate-WEBKate Kappel Haba is the Director of Salesforce Solutions for Food & Water Watch. She drives the strategic vision for leveraging solutions to ensure that Food & Water Watch wins campaigns and builds long-lasting effective relationships with supporters. She has 10 years of experience in development and technology, working with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Prior to Food & Water Watch Kate was at Blackbaud, where she worked with clients to customize and leverage their databases in order to achieve fundraising and programmatic goals. Kate is a Certified Administrator and holds a B.S. in business from Georgetown University. She can be reached at khaba(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Kevin Larson — Salesforce System Administrator

Kevin Larson is the Salesforce System Administrator in the Oakland office of Food & Water Watch. He manages the growing organization-wide database of members and supporters. He has over ten years’ experience in database analysis, design, and development, and over eleven years’ experience in technical writing, training, and customer support. Kevin has worked as a program associate for a San Francisco non-profit and most recently as an IT/computer consultant for various medical offices and service-oriented companies. He can be reached at klarson(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Rebecca Negron — Senior Web Developer

NegronRebecca-WEBRebecca Negron is the Senior Web Developer for Food & Water Watch. She manages, develops, and maintains websites under Food & Water Watch. She has over 10 years experience working with web development and design. Prior to working for Food & Water Watch, Rebecca worked as a web developer for a university in Texas. To keep current in her field, Rebecca likes to research the latest web trends and view what other organizations are doing. She can be reached at rnegron(at)fwwatch(dot)org.


Bill Robinson — Chief Technology Officer

Bill Robinson is the Chief Technology Officer for Food & Water Watch. Bill has more than 20 years experience in technology, becoming proficient at software development, systems and networking administration, web development, project management, and strategic planning. He is responsible for ensuring that the strategic information technology plans and resources are in place so that Food & Water Watch’s goals and missions are being met. Bill likes to give back to the community by helping young adults learn different technologies. Bill has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. He can be reached at wrobinson(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

Bethany Scott — IT Support Manager

Stephen Thompson — Assistant Web Developer

Stephen Thompson is the Assistant Web Developer for Food & Water Watch. He is responsible for the management, maintenance, and development of websites that are under Food & Water Watch. Prior to working for Food & Water Watch, Stephen worked as a webmaster for the American Nurses Association, where he was responsible for the management and migration of the various sites under that organization. Stephen holds a B. S. in information technology from Campbell University.
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Executive Director’s Office

Royelen Lee Boykie — Special Advisor to the Executive Director on Social Engagement

Royelen Lee Boykie is Food & Water Watch’s Special Advisor to the Executive Director on Social Engagement. She is tasked with helping implement Executive Director Wenonah Hauter’s Foodopoly book tour – online and off. Prior to this position, Royelen was the Director of Digital Strategy. Royelen’s new media career was launched at AOL where she was educated on how Web audiences democratically control content with their clicking patterns. Her online education continued as she served over 300 issue-related organizations at a software provider of advocacy tools. Royelen spends time in all the usual online places (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook,, and hopes to see you there. Or you can reach her the traditional way — via email: Royelen(at)fwwatch(dot)org. 

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