Taya Dennis

Taya Dennis

Salesforce System Administrator

San Francisco, CA

Enrico Donda

Enrico Donda

Food & Water Action Europe
Campaigner

Brussels, Belgium

Madeline Kelsey

Madeline Kelsey

Manager of Monthly Giving

Richmond, VA

Laurel Levin

Laurel Levin

National Climate Organizer

Washington, DC

Noa Gordon-Guterman

Noa Gordon-Guterman

Stop Fracked Gas Exports Organizer

New York, NY

Keya Meshesha

Keya Meshesha

Philanthropy Coordinator

Washington, DC

JONATHAN KELLAM

Jonathan Kellam

Director of Individual Philanthropy

Washington, DC

KRISTEN ANDERSON

Kristen Anderson

Director of Donor Engagement

New York, NY

Ginny Kerslake

Ginny Kerslake

Eastern Pennsylvania Organizer

West Whiteland Township, PA

Caroline Wren

Caroline Wren

Researcher

WASHINGTON, DC

Kristina Beggen

Kristina Beggen

Oregon Organizer

Corvallis, OR

Greg Layton

Greg Layton

Delaware Organizer

Camden-Wyoming, DE

Adolph Reed

Adolph Reed

Adolph Reed, Jr. recently retired after four decades as a political science professor. He has held faculty appointments at Howard, Yale, and Northwestern universities, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the New School for Social Research, and, since 2004, at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of four scholarly and popular books and editor of three others and is currently completing a book on the Decline and Transformation of the Left in the United States since the end of the Second World War. In addition to his scholarship focused on urban politics, black American politics, political theory and race and class in American political development, he has a substantial record of popular writing, having been a regular columnist at The Progressive and the Village Voice, as well a frequent contributor to publications like The Nation and Common Dreams. His political writing has appeared in Dissent, the Guardian, New York Times, and New York Newsday. In October of this year he will launch a regular column in The New Republic. He also has a history of active political engagement and organizing that stretches back to the civil rights, Black Power, and antiwar movements of the late 1960s that began when he was an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He worked in the administration of Atlanta’s first black mayor, Maynard H. Jackson, and has been active and a recognized voice in practical labor, left and working class politics for decades.

Jessica Gable

Jessica Gable

Media Relations Officer

Pasadena, CA

Phoebe Galt

Phoebe Galt

Media Relations Officer

Portland, ME

Mark Schlosberg

Mark Schlosberg

Managing Director of Research and Litigation

Berkeley, CA

Mark Schlosberg is the Managing Director of Research and Litigation. With Food & Water Watch since 2008, Mark has previously served as the California Director, Organizing Director, and Political Director. As Organizing Director, Mark helped launch Food & Water Watch’s national campaign to ban fracking and worked on state campaigns in New York, California, and elsewhere. Prior to coming to Food & Water Watch, Mark headed up the police practices project at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California where he authored several hard hitting research reports and worked on policing related cases. Prior to that, he worked as a public defender in Contra Costa County. Mark holds a B.A. in Economics from University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from New York University and lives in Berkeley, California. He can be reached at [email protected]

Kate Schwanhausser

Kate Schwanhausser

Special Events Manager

Washington, DC

6. Mary Ricci

Mary Ricci

Mary is an activist especially interested in local economic and other community-based issues. She is a professional writer and editor. In the past she has worked as a news writer and as a software engineer. Mary has worked as an editor on many books and magazines, including five titles in the Re/Search series. As a software engineer, she released seven video games, two children‚ educational titles, and ten business applications.

Elyzabeth Peredo Beltrán

Elyzabeth Peredo Beltrán

Elyzabeth Peredo Beltrán is a social psychologist, writer and activist on water and human rights issues. Elyzabeth was the co-founder of TAHIPAMU, a women’s history research workshop during the 1980s, which produced women in history research and feminist writing. She is the author of several books, articles and video scripts about social, economic and cultural rights related to water, women, racism and environmental crises.

Between 1999 and 2003, Elyzabeth was the Coordinator of the National Committee for the Solidarity with Domestic Workers in Bolivia. She belongs to the Women’s Net for Transforming the Economy in Latin America (REMTE). Since 2006, she has promoted and coordinated the “Blue October” campaign in Bolivia, a large annual social mobilization for the right to water as a common good. Elyzabeth lives in La Paz, Bolivia and currently is the Executive Director of the Solon Foundation.

Lisa Schubert

Lisa Schubert

Lisa Schubert has spent most of her career either directing, developing or coordinating projects. She is currently Vice President, Cathedral Programming & External Relations at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York, where she has been charged with creating an institutional framework for funding, staffing and implementing a multi-disciplinary arts program and an ongoing menu of events and projects of civic engagement in the humanities.

Prior to joining the Cathedral, Ms. Schubert worked for the Rubin Museum of Art (RMA), which she joined as the first staff member at the inception in 1998. She worked closely with the founders to refine and develop the original concept and put together the “start-up” team. RMA, dedicated to the art of the Himalayas, is today considered one of New York’s paramount cultural institutions. Her career has involved most aspects of cultural administration including policy, strategic planning, public education, programming, operations, administration, communications and development.

Ms. Schubert has a B.A. in Anthropology from Sweet Briar College, Virginia, and did graduate work at The University of Sydney, Australia. She was the co-director of Sony Wonder Technology Lab in New York, hired during start-up to develop administrative, operating and financial procedures for the state-of-the-art interactive facility. She established the Visitor Services program at the Museum of Television and Radio, and early on (1979 – 1989) worked at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Rudolf Amenga Etego

Rudolf Amenga Etego

Rudolf is a prominent lawyer and civil society figure in Ghana, and is the Executive Director of GrassRootsAfrica. He previously worked for the Integrated Social Development Center (ISODEC) as the Director of Advocacy and Campaigns. The program was established as a response to the impact of International Monetary Fund and World Bank polices with the poor and disadvantaged in Ghana. As an active student leader during the repressive Rawlings regime, Rudolf fought to restore democracy. He was jailed without prosecution several times during Rawlings’ rule in the 1980s for voicing the concerns of Ghanaian citizens.

The Integrated Social Development Centre works closely with the National Coalition Against the Privatization of Water, where Rudolf serves as the National Campaign Coordinator for the Coalition. The coalition is a broad consortium of organizations including health professionals, academia, trade unions, students, and disabled and women’s groups. They have been instrumental in raising public awareness about the water policies set by the World Bank. World Bank involvement led to a 95 percent increase in water rates in 2001 in Ghana. Rudolf fears privatization will reduce access to clean and affordable water. The Integrated Social Development Centre works to inform players in both government and civil society of the consequences of a globalized economy.

Robert Howarth

Robert Howarth

Robert Howarth is an Earth systems scientist and ecosystem biologist. He earned a BA from Amherst College (1974) and a Ph.D. jointly from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1979). After several years as a staff scientist in Woods Hole, Howarth joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1985 and was appointed the David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology & Environmental Biology in 1993. Howarth is the Founding Editor of the scholarly journal Biogeochemistry and served as Editor-in-Chief for more than 20 years. Since 2014, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Limnology & Oceanography. He was recently appointed to New York state’s Climate Action Council.

Howarth has published over 200 scientific papers, reports, and book chapters. His most recent book is the 4th edition of the text Essentials of Ecology (Begon, Howarth, and Townsend, 2014).

Howarth’s research interests include: application of science to sustaining the biosphere; biogeochemistry and aquatic ecosystem science; global and regional nitrogen and phosphorus cycles; global methane cycle; environmental consequences of biofuels; role of trace gases in global warming and climate disruption; life-cycle analysis for greenhouse-gas footprint of energy technologies; influence of land-use, management practices, and climate change on nutrient fluxes from the landscape; atmospheric deposition of nitrogen onto the landscape; controls and consequences of eutrophication in estuaries; biotic, physical, and geochemical controls on nitrogen fixation; environmental management and the effects of pollutants on aquatic ecosystems.

In 2011, Howarth published the first comprehensive analysis of the greenhouse gas footprint of shale gas in Climatic Change Letters and an invited commentary on shale gas in Nature. This work was cited in over 1,500 newspapers globally, winning Howarth an honorable mention as one of “50 People who Matter” in the annual Time Magazine Person of the Year issue for 2011.

1. Wenonah Hauter

Wenonah Hauter

Founder & Executive Director

Wenonah Hauter is the founder and executive director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action Fund. Wenonah has three decades of experience campaigning and writing on food, water, energy and environmental issues. She has trained and mentored hundreds of organizers and activists across the country and worked at the national, state and local levels to develop policy positions and legislative and field strategies to secure real wins for communities and the environment.

Wenonah holds an M.S. degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from James Madison University.

Joelle Whiteman

Joelle Whiteman

Southwest Pennsylvania Organizer

Elizabeth, PA

Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow is a Canadian activist and author. She chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch and Ottawa-based Blue Planet Project. Maude co-founded the Council of Canadians and chaired its board for over three decades. She serves on the Board of Advisors of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. Maude is the Chancellor of Brescia University College in London Ontario.

Maude is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the 2005 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award, and the 2011 EarthCare Award, the highest international honour of the Sierra Club (US).

In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 19 books, including her latest, Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse and Canada’s Water Crisis; and Whose Water is it Anyway? Taking Water Protection Into Public Hands

Emily Miller

Emily Miller

Staff Attorney

Oakland, CA

Jorge Aguilar

Jorge Aguilar

Southern Region Director

Washington, DC

MACKENZIE AIME

Mackenzie Aime

Iowa Organizer

Iowa City, IA

MICHELLE ALLEN

Michelle Allen

Southern Region Deputy Director

St. Petersburg, FL

JOHN ASPRAY

John Aspray

Senior Iowa Organizer

Des Moines, IA

CALAND BARNEY

Caland Barney

Managing Director of Operations

Washington, DC

NOAH GRACE BAUMAN

Noah Grace Bauman

Senior Manager of Foundation Relations

Los Angeles, CA

ALEX BEAUCHAMP

Alex Beauchamp

Northeast Region Director

New York, NY

AMANDA BYRNES

Amanda Byrnes

Digital Campaign Manager

Washington, DC

ADAM CARLESCO

Adam Carlesco

Staff Attorney

Washington, DC

VIVIAN CHAN

Vivian Chan

Finance Manager

Washington, DC

ARIANNA CHOPELAS

Arianna Chopelas

Social Media Manager

Reno, NV

ROMAIN COETMELLEC

Romain Coetmellec

Digital Director

Los Angeles, CA

MELODY COLLEGE

Melody College

Digital Strategist

Falmouth, MA

ZACH CORRIGAN

Zach Corrigan

Senior Staff Attorney

Madison, WI

SAM DIFALCO

Sam DiFalco

North Jersey Organizer

New Brunswick, NJ

MICHAEL DOERRER

Michael Doerrer

Managing Director of Communications

Washington, DC

Michael Doerrer has served as Food & Water Watch’s Managing Director of Communications since 2019. In that role, he leads integrated, organization-wide marketing, digital fundraising, acquisition, and communications strategies to help win FWW’s critical campaigns. With more than two decades of strategic communications experience, he previously ran communications and engagement programs at both federal and local government organizations. For almost 25 years, he’s also taught communications at several major universities, including the University of Maryland, College Park and Johns Hopkins. In his spare time, Michael is an avid runner; he’s finished 15 marathons and counting. He lives in Frederick, Maryland with his husband and two children. He can be reached at [email protected]

Michael can be reached at [email protected].

BROOKE ERRETT

Brooke Errett

Senior Florida Organizer

St. Petersburg, FL

JANE FIEGEN GREEN

Jane Fiegen Green

Director of Philanthropy Operations

Washington, DC

KIM GIRTON

Kim Girton

Senior Graphic Design Lead

Washington, DC

SETH GLADSTONE

Seth Gladstone

Media and Public Relations Director

New York, NY

MARY GRANT

Mary Grant

Public Water For All Campaign Director

Baltimore, MD

LILY HAWKINS

Lily Hawkins

Maryland Organizer

Washington, DC

TARAH HEINZEN

Tarah Heinzen

Legal Director

Portland, OR

LEAH GARLAND

Leah Garland

Individual Giving Manager

Los Angeles, CA

NISHA SWINTON

Nisha Swinton

Senior Organizer

New York, NY

MICHELE MERKEL

Michele Merkel

Michele has been an environmental lawyer for over two decades. Most recently, Michele was the Managing Director of Advocacy for Food & Water Action (FWA) and Food & Water Watch (FWW), and was the founder of Food & Water Justice, the legal arm of FWW. In her managing director role, Michele helped FWW meet its climate, food and water justice goals by overseeing the legal, research, policy and electoral teams. Prior to joining FWW, Michele worked as an attorney for a number of non-profits and served as an attorney in the Enforcement Division of the United States Environmental Protection Agency where she developed and brought actions for violations of federal environmental laws.  Currently, Michele is pursuing a Masters in Acupuncture degree from the Maryland University of Integrative Health.

PETER HART

Peter Hart

National Communications Manager

New Brunswick, NJ

LANE BROOKS

Lane Brooks

Funding Advisor

Santa Fe, NM

Lane Brooks began with Food & Water Action and Food & Water Watch as a board member in its first year and was invited to become its first COO and CFO the year after that in 2007. He had over–all responsibility for operations including administration, finance, human resources, IT and development overseeing growth from $3.5 million to $19 million in 2020 when he relinquished his slate of duties to become Budget and Funding Advisor. Lane has more than 35 years’ experience in non–profit fundraising and management with advocacy and performing arts organizations. He has served as a leader in the Washington, DC, philanthropic community as President of the city’s chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and was a founding board member of The Non Profit Alliance. He has been a speaker at many fundraising conferences and has served as volunteer lobbyist and chair of Government Affairs for several groups including Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation, The Non Profit Alliance and the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Lane is a Texas native and has a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Louisiana State University. Lane and his husband Dan live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they will soon celebrate their 50th anniversary. He can be reached at [email protected].

SAM BERNHARDT

Sam Bernhardt

Political Director

New York, NY

EMILY WURTH

Emily Wurth

Managing Director of Organizing

Washington, DC

Emily Wurth is Food & Water Watch’s Co-Organizing 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 [email protected].

REBECCA WOLF

Rebecca Wolf

Food Policy Analyst

Washington, DC

ERIC WELTMAN

Eric Weltman

New York Senior Organizer

New York, NY

JIM WALSH

Jim Walsh

Policy Director

Washington, DC

JASMIN VARGAS

Jasmin Vargas

Southern California Senior Organizer

Los Angeles, CA

TAMARA TRIPP

Tamara Tripp

Managing Director of Philanthropy

New York, NY

Tamara Tripp is the Managing Director of Philanthropy at Food and Water Watch.

With more than twenty years of nonprofit development experience, Tamara is committed to the nonprofit environmental community, having worked at places such as the Wildlife Conservation Society, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Garden Conservancy. Tamara also has a Master’s in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from NYUWagner. Growing up on a dairy farm in Minnesota, Tamara spent most of her childhood caring for animals and her family farmland — it is through this experience and love of the land and the protection of our food systems that brought her to Food and Water Watch. Tamara is a passionate gardener, mushroom farmer, avid hiker and runner, and is a practicing yogi. Tamara lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband. She can be reached at [email protected].

SHAKALIA TALLEY

Shakalia Talley

IT Support Specialist

Washington, DC

MONICA STICKLEY

Monica Stickley

Data Specialist

Tampa, FL

AMANDA STARBUCK

Amanda Starbuck

Research Director

Washington, DC

MATT SMITH

Matt Smith

New Jersey State Director

New Brunswick, NJ

EMILY SKYDEL

Emily Skydel

Hudson Valley Organizer

New York, NY

LAURA SHINDELL

Laura Shindell

Senior New York Organizer

New York, NY

SHELLEY SHERMAN

Shelley Sherman

Lead Finance Associate

Washington, DC

OAKLEY SHELTON-THOMAS

Oakley Shelton-Thomas

Senior Researcher

Washington, DC

ELIZABETH SCHUSTER

Elizabeth Schuster

Government Affairs Rep

Washington, DC

EMMA SCHMIT

Emma Schmit

Senior Iowa Organizer

Rockwell City, IA

JOCELYN SAWYER

Jocelyn Sawyer

Digital Campaigner

Philadelphia, PA

MEG ROBBINS

Meg Robbins

Senior Manager of Individual Philanthropy

Washington, DC

TOMÁS MORALES REBECCHI

Tomás Morales Rebecchi

Central Coast Organizing Manager

Ventura, CA

EMMA PETIT

Emma Petit

Digital Campaigner

Chicago, IL

ALX PAREJA

Alx Pareja

Data Analyst

Los Angeles, CA

MARTIN OSBORNE

Martin Osborne

IT Security Systems Manager

Washington, DC

RACHEL NISSLEY

Rachel Nissley

Director of Foundation Relations

Chicago, IL

Santosh Nandabalan

Santosh Nandabalan

Senior New York Organizer

New York, NY

Alex Nagy

Alex Nagy

California Regional Director

Los Angeles, CA

Thomas Meyer

Thomas Meyer

National Organizing Manager

Olympia, WA

Megan McDonough

Megan McDonough

Pennsylvania State Director

Elizabeth, PA

Rebecca McDaniel

Rebecca McDaniel

Adminstrative Manager

Washington, DC

Robin Martin

Robin Martin

Southwest Pennsylvania Organizer

Pittsburgh, PA

Tyler Lobdell

Tyler Lobdell

Staff Attorney

Boise, ID

Tyler Lobdell joined Food & Water Watch’s legal team as a staff attorney in 2019, and focuses on combating factory farms through legal advocacy. Prior to joining Food & Water Justice, Tyler spent two years as the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Food Law Fellow. A long-time environmentalist, Tyler spent almost 10 years leading conservation programs across the U.S. before attending law school.

Tyler graduated cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2017 with certificates in Environmental and Natural Resources Law as well as Animal Law. During school he worked for several environmental protection organizations and served as Co-Editor in Chief of the Animal Law Review. Tyler works remotely in Boise, Idaho. He can be reached at [email protected].

Johnte Lee

Johnte Lee

Annual Giving & Data Associate

Washington, DC

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Kevin Larson

Kevin Larson

Salesforce Director

Oakland, CA

Charlie Kratovil

Charlie Kratovil

Central Jersey Organizer

New Brunswick, NJ

Jennifer Kolarsick

Jennifer Kolarsick

Manager of Philanthropic Discovery

New Brunswick, NJ

Frida Kieninger

Frida Kieninger

Director of EU Affairs

Brussels, Belgium

Frida Kieninger is a Brussels-based Food & Water Europe campaign officer promoting a ban on fracking in Europe. Working with local European groups and US-based researchers, she raises awareness of the countless risks of hydraulic fracturing. After completing her master’s thesis on intensive agriculture in southern Spain, Frida became involved with issues concerning the European food system as well as the transition to a sustainable energy system, community energy and questions of climate justice. She has dealt with various food and energy issues in the context of EU institutions and Brussels NGOs. To contact her, email her at fkieninger(at)fweurope(dot)org.

Katy Kiefer

Katy Kiefer

Volunteer Engagement Director

New York, NY

Katy Kiefer is the Distributed Organizing Director at Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action. The Distributed Organizing team engages with volunteers and students across the country to fight for clean water, safe food and a liveable climate. Katy and her team provide trainings, resources, and opportunities to engage in critical and urgent campaigns at the local, state and national level. Prior to joining the Food & Water Watch team in 2010, 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.org.

Krissy Kasserman

Krissy Kasserman

Factory Farm Organizing Director

Atkinson, NC

Krissy Kasserman is Food & Water Watch’s Factory Farm Organizing Manager and is based in Atkinson, NC. Krissy oversees our factory farm organizing and campaign work in several states and at the federal level as we work toward a ban on factory farms and a safer, more sustainable and equitable food system. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch in 2017, Krissy spent 11 years in Pennsylvania as the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper working on coal, fracking and public lands issues. She has a M.P.S. in Community and Economic Development from Penn State and can be reached at kkasserman(at)fwwatch.org.