Meet Our Team

Learn about the people who lead our fight to protect our food, water, and climate.

  • Adam Carlesco

    Staff Attorney

    Washington, DC

  • Alex Beauchamp

    Northeast Region Director

    New York, NY

  • Alex Nagy

    California Regional Director

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Alex Patton

    Internal Communications Coordinator

    Washington, DC

  • Alexa Catherman

    Development Assistant

    Washington, DC

  • Alison Grass

    Research Director

    Washington, DC

  • Alx Pareja

    Data Analyst

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Amanda Byrnes

    Digital Campaign Manager

    Washington, DC

  • Amanda Pantoja

    Southern California Organizer

    Santa Barbara, CA

  • Amanda Starbuck

    Senior Food Researcher and Policy Analyst

    Washington, DC

  • Angie Aker

    Digital Content Manager

    Kenosha, WI

  • Arianna Chopelas

    Social Media Manager

    Reno, NV

  • Brooke Errett

    Senior Florida Organizer

    St. Petersburg, FL

  • Caroline Wren

    Researcher

    WASHINGTON, DC

  • Cassandra Worthington

    Membership Manager

    Washington, DC

  • Charlie Kratovil

    Central Jersey Organizer

    New Brunswick, NJ

  • Christina Holtzen

    Digital Design Lead

    Portland, OR

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  • David Sanchez

    Director of EU Affairs

    Brussels, Belgium

  • Doug Lakey

    Development Advisor

    Washington, DC

  • Elizabeth Schuster

    Government Affairs Rep

    Washington, DC

  • Emily Miller

    Staff Attorney

    Oakland, CA

  • Emily Skydel

    Hudson Valley Organizer

    New York, NY

  • Emma Petit

    Digital Campaigner

    Chicago, IL

  • Emma Schmit

    Iowa Organizer

    Rockwell City, IA

  • Eric Weltman

    New York Senior Organizer

    New York, NY

  • Ethan Senser

    Southern California Organizer

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Frida Kieninger

    Europe Campaign Officer

    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.

  • Ginny Kerslake

    Eastern Pennsylvania Organizer

    West Whiteland Township, PA

  • Greg Layton

    Delaware Organizer

    Camden-Wyoming, DE

  • Hassan Allali

    IT Support

    Washington, DC

  • Hope Hudson

    Portfolio Management Coordinator

    Tallahassee, FL

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  • Contact Email: [email protected]

    Post Date: 07.23.21

    Job Type: Full-time

    Office Location: Washington, DC

    Department: Human Resources

    Job Description: 

    The Human Resources Director will manage the HR processes of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action. The Director will manage the HR team and assist with labor relations, gathering, collecting, and maintaining documents and records required for contract and policy development, investigations, and negotiations. The HR Director will ensure that FWW hires and retains the most effective staff to accomplish its mission and is in compliance with labor law in multiple locations. A diverse staff is key to FWW effectiveness.

    The HR Director is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation. The HR Director provides strategic leadership by articulating HR needs and plans to the executive management team.         

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Supervises all HR activities, communications, reports, requests and documents created and received by the team.
    2. Handles labor relations and human resource inquiries related to policies, procedures, and bargaining agreements.
    3. Support, guide, train supervisors to help maintain effective working relationships with BU members.
    4. Serves as the initial contact and liaison for intake and assessment of employee complaints.
    5. Conducts initial interviews and gathers information for employee relations matters such as harassment allegations, work complaints, or other concerns; informs appropriate staff when additional investigation is required.
    6. Ensure that all personnel files are up-to-date with necessary documents.
    7. Interface between staff and health insurance broker to assist staff in resolving questions.
    8. Ensure pay bands across the organization are up-to-date and equitable.
    9. Work with finance to ensure benefits are accurately charged.
    10. Manage employee onboarding and offboarding.
    11. Responsible for recordkeeping related to hiring, termination, leave, transfer, and promotion particularly as related to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and diversity initiatives.
    12. Collects information and data to assess cost and policy implications of negotiations and disputes. This may include management and union proposals, pay scales and wages, benefits, working conditions, and other mitigating circumstances.
    13. Conducts surveys, interviews, and other research related to human resource policies, compensation, and other labor negotiations; collects information and reports results to Managing Directors.
    14. Maintains knowledge and understanding of laws and regulations related to EEO, collective bargaining, unions, labor relations, and human resources.
    15. Prepares plans, policies, documents, and reports including EEO-1, organizational charts, labor agreements, and employee handbooks.
    16. Assists with preparation of documents and records required for contract negotiations, meetings, and negotiations with employee and labor organizations.
    17. Collaborates with senior leadership to understand the organization's goals and strategy related to staffing, recruiting, and retention.
    18. Creates recruitment plans, interview schedules and evaluation standards in accordance with HR methodologies and labor laws.
    19. Research compensation standards set by industry and governing bodies in order to create salary structures and administer employee benefits.
    20. Monitors and ensures the organizations compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance.
    21. Performs other related duties as assigned.
    22. SUPPORTING OUR CULTURE OF PHILANTHROPY: All staff must assist in fundraising and development for the organization. All staff must demonstrate an understanding that our members and supporters make our work (and our salaries) possible and should provide the highest level of customer and member services to people outside the organization. While your job position does not require you to raise any particular amount, you are expected to always be an “ambassador” for FWW/FWA and our work. All staff are expected to help with and participate/attend events and other activities as appropriate that are organized for our supporters and donors. All staff are expected to be cognizant of fundraising opportunities and to share contacts and information that will help build and sustain FWW/FWA.

    Requirements

    • Education: Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience required
    • Excellent interpersonal, writing and verbal skills are required
    • Passion for the mechanics of fundraising and building a culture of philanthropy
    • Approach interactions with donors and supporters with a customer-service mindset
    • Ability to work well with a wide range of people, under pressure in a fast-paced environment
    • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously with close attention to detail
    • Good computer skills are required, including strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs
    • Experience with Salesforce or similar database, or a demonstrated capacity to learn new technology quickly and effectively
    • Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of Food & Water Watch

    QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, the person in this position has a high degree of contact with other staff; a moderate degree of contact with vendors and a low degree of contact with volunteers and donors.

    The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.                                                  

    Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations, Business or related field required. A minimum of five years progressively responsible, professional experience in collective bargaining and labor relations activities, including two years supervisory experience.

    Computer Skills: An individual should be able to work in a computerized environment and have adequate knowledge of word processing, email, internet and spreadsheet software; in particular have coursework or certification in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and proficiency with all other Microsoft Office products.

    Click here to apply. Please include your resume, cover letter and three professional references to be considered.

    We will review your application and if we feel that your knowledge, skills and abilities are potentially a good match for our organization, we will be in contact with you. Please include a Cover Letter with your submission. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

    Help us fix our broken systems and stand up against corporate control. Submit your résumé today!

  • Jane Fiegen Green

    Membership Director

    Washington, DC

  • Jasmin Vargas

    Southern California Senior Organizer

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Jennifer Kolarsick

    Manager of Individual Philanthropy

    New Brunswick, NJ

  • Jessica Gable

    Media Relations Officer

    Pasadena, CA

  • Jim Walsh

    Senior Energy Policy Analyst

    Washington, DC

  • Jocelyn Sawyer

    South Jersey Organizer

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Joelle Whiteman

    Southwest Pennsylvania Organizer

    Elizabeth, PA

  • John Aspray

    Iowa Organizer

    Des Moines, IA

  • Johnte Lee

    Data Specialist

    Washington, DC

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  • Jolene Mafnas

    Virginia Organizer

    Washington, DC

  • Jonathan Kellam

    Director of Individual Philanthropy

    Washington, DC

  • Jorge Aguilar

    Southern Region Director

    Washington, DC

  • Kaloyan Vachev

    Data Support/Office Manager

    New York, NY

  • Kaneisha Wilson

    Human Resources Manager

    Washington, DC

  • Kate Schwanhausser

    Special Events Manager

    Washington, DC

  • Katy Kiefer

    Director of Engagement Tools & Data

    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.

  • Kevin Larson

    Sr. Salesforce System Administrator

    Oakland, CA

  • Kilian Sweeney

    Web Developer

    Chicago, IL

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  • Kim Girton

    Senior Graphic Design Lead

    Washington, DC

  • Kira Burkhart

    Senior Climate & Energy Researcher

    Washington, DC

  • 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.

  • Kristen Anderson

    Director of Donor Engagement

    New York, NY

  • Kristina Beggen

    Oregon Organizer

    Corvallis, OR

  • Laura Shindell

    New York Organizer

    New York, NY

  • Leah Ford

    Researcher

    Washington, DC

  • Leah Garland

    Individual Giving Manager

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Lily Hawkins

    Maryland Organizer

    Washington, DC

  • Luz Hernandez

    Digital Campaigner

    Oakland, CA

    Luz Hernandez is a Digital Campaigner at Food & Water Watch, where she works with our organizers on the ground to help them develop and implement integrated online to offline organizing strategies. In the past, Luz has worked with Planned Parenthood as a Raiz organizer where she helped build long-term community organizing structures in Latinx communities. Most recently, she worked with NextGen Climate in Nevada during the election as their statewide Data Director. She can be reached at lhernandez(at)fwwatch.org. 

  • Mackenzie Aime

    Iowa Organizer

    Iowa City, IA

  • Margaret Wadsworth

    New Mexico Senior Organizer

    Abiquiu, NM

  • Mark Schlosberg

    Senior Advisor

    Berkeley, CA

  • Martin Osborne

    IT Security Systems Manager

    Washington, DC

  • Mary Grant

    Public Water For All Campaign Director

    Baltimore, MD

  • Matt Smith

    New Jersey State Director

    New Brunswick, NJ

  • Meg Robbins

    Manager of Individual Philanthropy

    Washington, DC

  • Megan McDonough

    Pennsylvania State Director

    Elizabeth, PA

  • Melody College

    National Email Program Manager

    Falmouth, MA

  • Michelle Allen

    Southern Region Deputy Director

    St. Petersburg, FL

  • Mitch Jones

    Policy Director

    Baltimore, MD

    Previously a Senior Policy Advocate on the Water and the Climate & Energy Program, Mitch Jones now serves as the Climate & Energy Program Director. He was also the Director of the Common Resources Program and 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 has been quoted in the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, the Baltimore Sun and other publications. 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.org.

  • Monica Stickley

    Data Specialist

    Tampa, FL

  • Nisha Swinton

    Senior Organizer

    New York, NY

  • Noah Grace Bauman

    Foundation Manager

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Oakley Shelton-Thomas

    Researcher

    Washington, DC

  • Peter Hart

    National Communications Manager

    New Brunswick, NJ

  • Phoebe Galt

    Media Relations Officer

    Portland, ME

  • Rachel Nissley

    Director of Foundation Relations

    Chicago, IL

  • Rebecca McDaniel

    Sr. Administrative Assistant

    Washington, DC

  • Rebecca Wolf

    Senior Organizer, Factory Farm Team

    Washington, DC

  • Renee Jones

    Data Manager

    Washington, DC

  • Rianna Eckel

    Senior Organizer, National Organizing Team

    Baltimore, MD

  • Robin Martin

    Southwest Pennsylvania Organizer

    Pittsburgh, PA

  • Romain Coetmellec

    Senior Digital Strategist

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Royelen Lee Boykie

    Planned Giving Manager

    Hilo, HI

  • Sam Bernhardt

    Political Director

    New York, NY

  • Sam DiFalco

    North Jersey Organizer

    New Brunswick, NJ

  • Santosh Nandabalan

    New York Organizer

    New York, NY

  • Seth Gladstone

    Media and Public Relations Director

    New York, NY

  • Shakalia Talley

    IT Support Specialist

    Washington, DC

  • Shelley Sherman

    Lead Finance Associate

    Washington, DC

  • Stephen Thompson

    Assistant Web Developer

    Washington, DC

  • Tarah Heinzen

    Legal Director

    Portland, OR

  • Thomas Meyer

    National Organizing Manager

    Olympia, WA

  • Tomás Morales Rebecchi

    Central Coast Organizing Manager

    Ventura, CA

  • Trent Macintosh

    IT Support Specialist

    Washington, DC

  • 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].

  • Tyler Van Kirk

    Technology Solutions Manager

    Denver, CO

  • Vivian Chan

    Senior Staff Accountant

    Washington, DC

  • Walker Foley

    Senior Organizer

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Yonit Friedman

    Social Media Coordinator

    New York, NY

  • Zach Corrigan

    Senior Staff Attorney

    Madison, WI

  • Zettie Shapey

    Clean Energy Climate Organizer

    New Brunswick, NJ

  • Zhenya Polozova

    Regional Organizer

    Chicago, IL

Staff