Meet the Food & Water Watch staff
Wenonah Hauter — Executive Director
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.
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.
Aliya Mejias — Program & Administrative Assistant
Aliya Mejias is the Program and Administrative Assistant at Food & Water Watch. Her responsibilities include administration, program and development support. Prior to joining our staff, she supported the Education and Outreach department as one of their interns. Aliya holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from American University. She can be reached at amejias(at)fwwatch.org.
Rich Bindell — Communications Manager
Rich Bindell is a communications manager at Food & Water Watch. He provides writing and blog support, as well as strategic organizational outreach to all teams. He has served the nonprofit world as a communications professional for over ten years, working for organizations such as Bnai Brith International, Volunteers of America, and the Arthritis Foundation, and contributing as a writer, editor, public relations specialist, and media liaison. Rich earned his B.A. in communications and rhetoric at the University of Pittsburgh and has previously worked on environmental issues, including providing communications assistance to the land-recycling program for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Contact Rich at rbindell(at)fwwatch(dot)org.
Katherine Cirullo — Communications Assistant
Katherine Cirullo is the communications assistant for Food & Water Watch. She provides support to the communications team in a number of ways, particularly by blogging, tracking and organizing media, writing and editing press materials and creating social media content. Katherine received a B.A. in sociology with a concentration in environmental studies from Colorado College. She also has experience in the field studying agro-ecology and political ecology of forests and oceans in Thailand. She can be reached at kcirullo(at)fwwatch(dot)org.
Kate Fried — Water Policy Communications Director
As the Water Policy Communications Director, Kate Fried creates, implements and manages strategic communications campaigns on behalf of Food & Water Watch’s Water program, particularly around the organization’s efforts to ban fracking. 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 — Graphics & Publications Manager
Kim Girton is Food & Water Watch’s Graphics & Publications Manager. She has over a decade of experience in print design and communications, focusing primarily on nonprofit and arts organizations. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch in 2011, Kim worked as both an in-house designer and design consultant for various organizations in the conservation, labor relations, education and social services fields. She holds a B.A. in English from Salisbury University. 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. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, she supported the online communication efforts of Communities In Schools, American Rights at Work, and the Pan American Development Foundation. Briana graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor’s in journalism and is currently working towards a master’s degree in digital communication 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 develops and implements communications strategies that help keep the public and media engaged with Food & Water Watch’s grassroots campaigns. Sandra brings with her nearly 15 years of experience in strategic and media communications, outreach, organizing, and policy advocacy in the nonprofit and public sectors, most recently with County of Sonoma Department of Health Services and Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition. In addition, Sandra has worked as a public radio news reporter, anchor, and public affairs producer. 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 — Graphics Production Assistant
Amy Pratt is the Graphics Production Assistant at Food & Water Watch. She has experience working in design and video with various non-profit organizations, and currently provides support for all online and print graphics and publications. Amy earned her bachelor’s 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.
Sarah Borron — Researcher
Sarah Borron is a Researcher on the Food Team at Food & Water Watch. She has worked on a variety of food, agriculture, and anti-hunger issues. She served as a Congressional Hunger Fellow addressing food policy council development in Eugene, Oregon and Washington, DC. At the Community Food Security Coalition, she advocated for Farm to School legislation as part of the 2004 Child Nutrition Act. She also developed the Advocacy and Research Department at the Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas. 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.
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)fwwatch.org.
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)fwwatch.org.
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 nearly 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.
Francesca Buzzi — Researcher
Francesca Buzzi is a researcher on the water program at Food & Water Watch. Her research focuses on the environmental, social, political, and economic implications of unconventional oil and gas development. She holds a B.A. from the College of Letters at Wesleyan University with a concentration in French studies. Francesca can be reached at fbuzzi(at)fwwatch(dot)org.
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.
Alison Grass — Researcher
Alison Grass is a researcher for the water program. She works on a variety of water issues that impact safe, affordable public tap water. Alison has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree, specialized in Environmental Planning, from Alabama A&M University. Her environmental planning niche is water sustainability and rainwater harvesting and as Graduate Research Assistant she conducted research on regional and municipal development planning policies. Alison also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with dual minors in philosophy and communication management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Alison can be reached at agrass(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.
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.
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 for the Common Resources program at Food & Water Watch. She works on issues related to the financialization, privatization and marketization of nature. 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.
Elizabeth Schuster — Legislative and Policy Analyst
Elizabeth Schuster is the legislative and policy analyst for the Common Resources Program at Food & Water Watch. 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 has recently done research into the health and environmental impact of oil and gas exploration in the United States. 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 is pursuing an LL.M. in Law and Government with a specialization in environmental law and policy from American University Washington College of Law.
Ron Zucker — Researcher
Ron 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.
Claudia Campero — Campaigner
Claudia 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. She also monitors water privatization in Mexico and other Latin American countries 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. She is a founding and active member of COMDA (Coalition of Mexican Organizations for the Right to Water) that was part of the movement of the Rallies in the Defense of Water in Mexico City, 2006.
Geert Decock — Food & Water Europe Policy Officer
Geert Decock is Food & Water Europe’s policy officer, 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 is the Food Policy Advisor for Food & Water Europe, based in the Highlands of Scotland, from where she coordinates an anti-GM pressure group. 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
Marcela 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 pubic 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.
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).
Meredith Begin — Education & Outreach Organizer
Meredith Begin is an Education and Outreach Organizer. She works to craft our online campaigns, helps coordinate Food & Water Watch’s national presence and campaigns, and engages with Food & Water Watch members. Meredith came to us as the Program & Administrative Assistant, where she honed her knowledge of our issues and strategies and later joined the organizing team. She has extensive experience organizing on our campaign to stop Factory Fish Farms and promote Fair Fishing. Outside of work, Meredith is very involved in her community and spends time organizing around sustainable transportation with special attention on bicycling. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan. She can be reached at mbegin(at)fwwatch(dot)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.
Emily Carroll — Midwest Region Director
Emily Carroll is the Midwest Region Director at Food & Water Watch. She works to organize consumers in the Midwest to support commonsense policies that ensure a safe and sustainable food supply. Emily’s work is also focused on protecting Illinois’ water resources by fighting water privatization and hydraulic fracturing in the state. Her background is in community and electoral organizing. Before joining Food & Water Watch, Emily completed the Green Corps program in environmental organizing and advocacy. In her spare time, Emily volunteers with the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition’s Associate Board where she serves as the Advocacy Chair. Emily graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in environmental studies. She can be reached at ecarroll(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 Food 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.
Julia DeGraw — Northwest Organizer
Julia DeGraw is the Northwest 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 the privatization of public water municipalities and to stop companies from bottling Northwest water. She is also building regional support for more federal funding to maintain and improve our public water infrastructure and to pass smarter regulations for our food and fish resources. 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.
Jessica Fujan — Midwest Organizer
Jessica Fujan is a Midwest Organizer with Food & Water Watch, working with Illinoisans and Minnesotans to label genetically engineered food and protect water resources from the dangers of fracking 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 volunteer as a community gardener and translator for PBI.
Julie Gouldener — Maryland Organizer
Julie Gouldener is an organizer working in Maryland, where she has been living since 2008. She works with volunteers and coalition partners to transform the unsustainable factory chicken farm industry on the eastern shore and to protect Maryland from fracking, among other issues. Julie has over 12 years of grassroots organizing experience working with many organizations including Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Greenpeace USA, Rainforest Action Network, and Florida PIRG. Some of her experiences include helping win a successful settlement with Wackenhut Corporation for their unfair labor practices, working to get multiple Ford dealerships in Fort Lauderdale to commit to taking soft orders for plug-in hybrid vehicles, saving an urban farm from development, and getting local currency accepted at over 220 local businesses in Baltimore. Julie also has been and is a mother, artist, teacher, baker, cat lover and aspiring urban gardener. She can be reached at jgouldener(at)fwwatch(dot)org.
Lana Guardo — New York Organizer
Lana 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 Coordinator
Katy Kiefer is the Activist Network Coordinator at Food & Water Watch. She works to engage activists through online outreach and provide opportunities for concerned citizens interested to take local action on issues affecting our food and water resources. Katy also coordinates the Take Back the Tap campaign, working with college students across the country to eliminate bottled water on their campuses. 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.
Tia Lebherz — Northern California Organizer
Tia Lebherz is the Northern California organizer for Food & Water Watch. Based in Oakland, she works to engage activists and hold elected officials accountable on a range of issues across the region including fracking, water privatization, and food issues including factory farms and genetic engineering. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Tia completed Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing. During her time there she worked extensively in the Midwest organizing on campaigns for clean energy and fair food. Tia was most recently working as the Michigan organizer for Food & Water Watch based in Detroit. Tia can be reached at tlebherz(at)fwwatch(dot)org.
Vickie Machado — Florida Organizer
Vickie Machado is the Florida Organizer for Food & Water Watch, working for clean water and the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Before joining Food & Water Watch, Vickie attended the University of Florida, where she majored in religion with a double minor in environmental studies and geography. Upon completion of her bachelors, she continued her education at UF, receiving her master’s in religion and nature in 2013.
Renée Maas — 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 — Iowa 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.
Jill Pape — Online Organizer
Jill is an Online Organizer at Food & Water Watch. She works on educating and engaging supporters in the Northeast and Southern regions, through online campaigns and social media. Her goal is to provide ample opportunities for concerned citizens to get involved on issues they care about. She also works closely with New Yorkers Against Fracking, a coalition of over 200 organizations, to help educate New York State about issues associated with fracking for natural gas. Jill graduated from the College of Wooster in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She can be reached at jpape(at)fwwatch(dot)org.
Emily Reuman — New Jersey Organizer
Emily Reuman is a New Jersey Organizer for Food & Water Watch, based in our Philadelphia office. She works primarily to protect New Jersey drinking water from toxic hydraulic fracturing waste. Emily is a graduate of Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing, where she launched campaigns to fix our broken food system in Minnesota, reinvest in Los Angeles public water, and protect local waterways in Georgia. Emily is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and environmental studies, the International Honors Program, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hollings Scholarship Program. She is passionate about environmental justice, the solidarity economy movement and informal versus formal systems of waste trade.
Sam Schabacker — Mountain West Region Organizer
Sam Schabacker is the Mountain West Region Director. He oversees Food & Water Watch’s organizing campaigns to ban fracking, label genetically engineered foods and protect our essential food and water resources in 10 states in the Rocky Mountain region. He has organized on a host of social, economic and environmental issues for the past decade. He has a B.A. in economics and extensive experience working on clean water issues in Latin America.
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 Campaigns Director
Adam Scow is the California Campaigns Director at Food & Water Watch. He is responsible for developing strategy for local, state, and national campaigns. He currently serves on the planning committee for the annual California Water Policy Conference sponsored by Public Officials for Water and Environment Reform. Previously, Adam researched California irrigation subsidies and water transfers in Washington D.C. He holds a degree in political science from U.C. Berkeley. He can be reached at ascow(at)fwwatch(dot)org.
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 350.org 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 — Program & Administrative Assistant
Liz Solorio is the Program and Administrative Assistant at Food & Water Watch. Based in Oakland, her main task involves providing support for the Organizing department. 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 intermediate in Portuguese. 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
Lisa 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 — New Jersey Canvass Director
Tyler Van Kirk is the New Jersey Canvass Director. A New Jersey native, he began his advocacy work 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 New York. 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, fund programs, and elect candidates. 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. When he’s not changing the world, Eric enjoys being with his wife, Sarah, and son, Zach, reading history books, taking walks around New York City, watching “Burn Notice” and “House,” juggling, and eating Thai food.
Rita Yelda — New York Organizer
Rita Yelda is an organizer with Food & Water Watch in Buffalo, New York that works on the campaign to ban fracking. She is responsible for drilling-related legislative and regulatory issues in New York, as well as working on local matters. Her background is in community organizing, including creating and implementing strategy and educating and activating communities to build strong campaigns. Rita is the founder of a grassroots group that led New York’s local ban/moratoria movement. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She can be reached at ryelda(at)fwwatch.org.
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.
Patricia Barber — Manager of Individual Giving, West Coast Region
Patricia Barber 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 and Water Watch’s campaigns. For the past four years Patricia has worked to increase the sustainability of organizations that advocate for people and the environment, most recently as a Major Gifts Organizer with Corporate Accountability International. Prior to that, Patricia was a grant writer for a community-based Latino mental and public health organization in the Greater Boston area. Patricia holds a B.A. in English rhetoric and a B.A. in sociology from Binghamton University (SUNY). She can be reached at pbarber(at)fwwatch(dot)org.
Carol Cook — Member Specialist
As 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 — New York Development Manager
Daniele Gerard is New York development manager for Food & Water Watch, where she is responsible for diversifying and increasing the donor base of Food & Water Watch in New York State. 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 — Manager of Individual Giving
Tyler Kalogeros-Treschuk joined Food & Water Watch as our Manager of Individual Giving in 2012. Tyler brings more than seven years of nonprofit development experience from various issue areas including the arts, women’s health, and international development. As the Manager of Individual Giving, Tyler is charged with working with new and existing supporters to ensure their understanding of- and investment in – Food & Water Watch’s invaluable work. In his free time, Tyler exercises his interest in organizational development through service on multiple 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.
Rachel Nissley — Development Associate
Rachel Nissley is the Development Associate at Food & Water Watch. She handles membership services and donor correspondence to increase Food & Water Watch’s donor base. She also manages the New Member Cultivation program, 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 Coordinator
Alex Patton is the Monthly Giving Coordinator 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.
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.
RaQeeba Milner — Financial Assistant
RaQeeba Milner is the Financial Assistant at Food & Water Watch. She has worked in accounting since 2000 with organizations encompassing a number of different causes. RaQeeba is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Management from Penn Foster College.
Bobby Gerber — Systems Administrator
Kevin Larson — Salesforce System Administrator
Kevin Larson is the Salesforce System Administrator in the San Francisco 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.
Malcolm Moore — IT Support Specialist
William Robinson — Chief Technology Officer
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, foodandwaterwatch.org, foodopoly.org) and hopes to see you there. Or you can reach her the traditional way — via email: Royelen(at)fwwatch(dot)org.