Meet Our Team
Learn about the people who lead our fight to protect our food, water, and climate.
Chief Operations Officer
Managing Director of Organizing
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.
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.
Managing Director of Public Affairs
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.
Deputy Director of Food & Water Action
Mitch Jones is the Managing Director of Advocacy Programs and Policy. He leads the organization’s work on federal and state policy as well as the organization’s political program. Since 2008, Mitch has held several positions at Food & Water Watch, including the Climate & Energy Program Director, the Director of the Common Resources Program, and the Director of the Fish. Mitch also worked as the Senior Legislative and Policy Analyst for the 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 holds a B.A. in history and philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a M.A.L.A. from St. John’s College, Santa Fe, and is ABD in philosophy at The Catholic University of America. Mitch lives in Baltimore.
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.