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LEADERSHIP

Executive Director
Andrew Kimbrell

Andrew Kimbrell is an internationally recognized public interest attorney, public speaker, and author. He is the founder and Executive Director of Center for Food Safety. He also is Director of the San Francisco based Center for Technology Assessment, co-founder of Foundation Earth, and President of the Board of Humane Farm Animal Care (that administers the Certified Humane label).

As an attorney, Kimbrell has successfully challenged federal agencies in several historic court cases. He initiated the court challenge that resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court victory forcing, for the first time, EPA regulation of greenhouse gases and their impact on climate change. He also pioneered the legal strategy that led to the Supreme Court ruling that DNA is not patentable due to being a "product of nature." Through his leadership at CFS, Kimbrell has been at the forefront of legal challenges to genetically engineered crops and lawsuits forcing FDA to adopt new food safety regulations. His legal work has also helped maintain the integrity of organic standards.

As an author and public speaker Kimbrell has been a leading proponent of regenerative forms of agriculture and organic policies. He is the editor of the nationally renowned book Fatal Harvest, The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture and the author of Your Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food. Kimbrell's articles and editorials have appeared in The New York Times, Harpers, USA Today, and numerous other print and new media publications such as The Huffington Post

He has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and has been a featured speaker at dozens of colleges and universities around the country and other public forums including Google Author Talks, Slow Food Nation, Bioneers and Ecofarm. He is featured in several documentaries including "The Future of Food," "FRESH," and a critique of genetic engineering, "Life Running out of Control." 

Kimbrell is also a noted expert on a wide range of technology and economic issues. His works in this area include his international best-selling book The Human Body Shop: the Engineering and Marketing of Life and the printed versions of his influential E.F. Schumacher lectures, "Cold Evil: Technology and Modern Ethics" and "Salmon Economics."

In addition to his legal degree Kimbrell also has a graduate degree in Psychology and has often written in the field including his book, The Masculine Mystique. Besides his public interest work, Kimbrell's passions include his love of piano (stemming from his earlier career as a concert pianist), poetry, baseball, and wilderness fly fishing.  

Kimbrell's many accolades include a spot on the Utne Reader list of the world's leading 100 visionaries, and The Guardian recognizing him in 2008 as one of the 50 people "most likely to save the planet."

West Coast Director
Rebecca Spector

Rebecca Spector joined CFS in 2000 and has been instrumental in growing the organization and creating its West Coast Regional Office in San Francisco. As CFS’s West Coast Director, she champions policy initiatives at the state and federal level and coordinates public outreach campaigns to promote healthy, safe and sustainable food systems. She has been working in the environmental and agricultural sector for more than 20 years, and her experience includes establishing regulations to limit the production of genetically engineered (GE) fish in California, and writing and sponsoring numerous legislative initiatives including state bills to require labeling of GE foods, labeling of GE fish, labeling of food from cloned animals, and farmer protections from GMO contamination. Previously, she served as director of development at Green Seal, the first U.S. product eco-labeling organization, and at Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet she spearheaded its organic cotton marketing campaign. Rebecca is associate editor of Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture and Your Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food. She has authored numerous articles and reports including “Livestock Cloning and the Quest for Industrial Perfection” in CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories and “Fully Integrated Food Systems: Regaining Connections between Farmers and Consumers” in Fatal Harvest. For ten years, Rebecca was co-owner of the first certified organic farm in Half Moon Bay, California, and created its community supported agriculture (CSA) and farmers’ market programs that served hundreds of families in the Bay Area. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.

STAFF

Senior Attorney
Adam Keats

Senior attorney Adam Keats works on water supply and water privatization issues, focusing on agricultural water use. He is a 2016 recipient of the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award for his work fighting a major sprawl development project in southern California. He is currently litigating several cases regarding water privatization, including a major fight to reverse the privatization of the Kern Water Bank, one of the world’s largest water banking facilities. This work was featured in the 2017 film Water & Power: A California Heist, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on the National Geographic Channel. Keats is a frequent speaker and author on water supply and water privatization. In 2015 he co-authored “Not All Water Stored Underground is Groundwater: Aquifer Privatization and California’s 2014 Groundwater Sustainable Management Act,” published in the Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal. Before joining CFS in 2015, he was a senior counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity and director of that organization’s Urban Wildlands program. He received his law degree in 1997 from UC Davis School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in 1993 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Staff Attorney
Amy van Saun

Amy is a staff attorney in the Center for Food Safety's Portland, Oregon office. After clerking for CFS in law school, Amy joined CFS as an attorney in 2015. As part of CFS's legal team, Amy practices environmental and administrative law to defend farmers, communities, and the environment from industrial animal factories, aquaculture, genetically engineered crops and animals, and the overuse of toxic pesticides, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Amy also works to protect the integrity of organic and ensure the transparent labeling of genetically engineered foods. A 2011 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, Amy has focused her legal education and career on public interest environmental and food law, earning a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. Prior to joining CFS, Amy served as a volunteer attorney with Earthjustice working on animal factories on the East Coast, and then litigated complex environmental insurance cases at a law firm in Manhattan. Amy is admitted to the bar in Oregon and New York.

Director, Hawaii Center for Food Safety
Ashley Lukens, PhD

Ashley Lukens is the Hawaii Program Director for Center for Food Safety. Her work focuses on issues of human and environmental health as they relate to the food system. She has her PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where her research examined community-led efforts to develop culturally appropriate strategies for food system transformation. During grad school, she was also a Sea Grant Graduate Trainee, working at Kakoo Oiwi to document the impact of shifting land use practices in He‘eia wetland and the community-led efforts develop culturally appropriate ecosystem management strategies. Ashley is a founding member and the Vice President of the Hawaii Food Policy Council and continues to teach Political Science courses at UH Manoa and UH West Oahu.

Science Policy Analyst
Bill Freese

Bill joined CFS in 2006 as science policy analyst. In his six years with the Safer Food – Safer Farms campaign at Friends of the Earth, he authored numerous reports and comments to government agencies concerning the science and regulation of genetically engineered crops. Bill played a key role in the discovery of unapproved StarLink corn in the food supply in 2000/01. His comprehensive report on genetically engineered (GE) pharmaceutical crops in 2002 helped initiate public debate on “biopharming.” In 2004, he teamed up with Salk Institute cell biologist David Schubert to write a comprehensive, peer-reviewed scientific critique of the regulation and safety testing of GE foods. Bill has given numerous public presentations on agricultural biotechnology to State Department officers, international regulatory officials, farm groups and the general public. More recent work involves assessments of the failed promise of GE crops, industrial biotechnology, and cost-effective alternatives to genetic engineering. Bill holds a B.A. in chemistry from Grinnell College.

Senior Manager for Organic and Animal Policy
Cameron Harsh

Cameron works to provide in-depth research and analysis, draft informational materials, and coordinate with other organizations for projects in the Organic & Beyond, Animal Factories, and International campaigns. His current work at CFS is focused largely on highlighting the environmental and public health consequences of industrial animal production, including the overuse of certain drugs, and promoting strong national standards for organic farming. Before joining CFS, Cameron worked with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and co-authored a report on the economic benefits of locally-scaled composting initiatives. He earned an M.A. in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and an M.A. in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC. His graduate research focused on sustainable food systems with an emphasis on gender dynamics in U.S. agriculture.  Prior to grad school, Cameron worked on a number of community-based food justice projects in Seattle, including developing urban food gardens and teaching gardening classes.

Development Manager & Program and Policy Associate
Erin Austin

Erin Austin is the Development Manager & Program and Policy Associate for the Center for Food Safety. Her passion for sustainable agriculture began in Austin, Texas where she was born and raised surrounded by a vibrant food community. Erin graduated from the University of Virginia with honors in Global Development Studies and Sustainability. While at UVA, Erin conducted research on the organic food industry in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil and created and ran an after-school health and wellness gardening program for a local elementary school. Before joining CFS, Erin worked with a variety of non-profits, foundations, and B-Corps supporting food access and sustainable agriculture programs. In her spare time, Erin can be found hiking, doing yoga, rock climbing, and cooking and eating good food.

Legal Director
George Kimbrell

George Kimbrell is CFS’s Legal Director, overseeing all of the Center’s legal work. Along with his Director duties, George is counsel in many CFS cases. His legal, legislative, and policy work runs the gamut of many CFS program areas, including pesticides, genetically engineered organisms, animal factory pollution, food labeling, foodborne illness, organic standards, and aquaculture. Among other landmark cases, George was counsel in the first U.S. Supreme Court case on the regulation of genetically engineered crops. He received his law degree magna cum laude from Lewis and Clark Law School, where he now teaches food and agriculture law as an adjunct professor. He has authored numerous law review articles and other publications, and often speaks on all areas of food and agriculture law and industrial agriculture’s impacts on the environment and public health. Before joining CFS in 2005, George completed a clerkship with the Honorable Ronald M. Gould, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Senior Policy Analyst
Jaydee Hanson

Jaydee Hanson works as the senior policy analyst for the Center for Food Safety on emerging technology issues related to nanotechnology, synthetic biology, animal cloning and animal genetic engineering. He also works for the Center’s sister agency, the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) where he directs their work on human genetics, synthetic biology and nanotechnology.  He has a Master’s degree in Biogeography and Resource Management from the University of Hawai’i. Before coming to the Center, he worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service, started both the environmental justice program of the United Methodist Church and their genetics and bioethics program. He is the US co-chair for the Nanotechnology Taskforce of the Transatlantic Consumers Dialogue and a fellow of the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future.

Digital Manager
Joey Lee

Joey Lee is the Digital Manager for the Center for Food Safety. Before joining CFS, Joey managed social media and email advocacy campaigns for the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Joey led the #KFCSaveABX campaign at CSPI, which persuaded KFC to commit to only serve chicken raised without medically-important antibiotics. Prior to CSPI, Joey worked as the Recipe Editor and Partnerships Manager for Meatless Monday/The Monday Campaigns. Joey started The Kids Cook Monday campaign in 2009, which encourages families to begin each week cooking and eating together. Joey pitched and contributed guest blog posts and recipe content to media such as Prevention Magazine, Grandparents.com, and Parade Magazine. Joey graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in Political Studies in 2008 after writing her senior project, From Al Gore to Michael Moore: The uses for contemporary political film and its skittish American audience. In her spare time, Joey can be found cooking, watching documentaries, and writing poetry.

Membership and Outreach Coordinator
Kelsey Kruger

Kelsey Kruger is the Membership and Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Food Safety. As a lifelong gardener and lover of food, Kelsey gained an early passion for sustainable agriculture and protecting the environment. She is a recent graduate from University of California, Davis, with interdisciplinary coursework focused on agricultural, social, and economic issues facing food and agriculture. Kelsey has worked for a variety of organizations and gardens to help promote a healthy food system. Kelsey manages all member correspondence at CFS, provides administrative office support, and is responsible for tracking all of the events that CSF is involved in. In her spare time, Kelsey can be found gardening, hiking, or cooking a delicious meal.

Science Consultant
Margaret Mellon, J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Margaret Mellon is a science consultant for CFS. Dr. Mellon is a respected expert on biotechnology, antibiotics and food safety. She holds a doctorate in molecular biology and a law degree from the University of Virginia.

In 1993, Dr. Mellon founded the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to promote the adoption of science-based farming systems that are simultaneously productive, environmentally benign, and resilient in the face of stress. Dr. Mellon has published widely on the potential environmental impacts of biotechnology applications. She is co-author of Ecological Risks of Engineered Crops and Hogging It!: Estimates of Antimicrobial Abuse in Livestock and co-editor of Now or Never: Serious New Plans to Save a Natural Pest Control.

She served three terms on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture and for many years taught a popular course in biotechnology and the law at the Vermont Law School. She was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1994.

A widely quoted expert on biotechnology, Dr. Mellon regularly appears on ABC World News Tonight, CNN, and NPR, as well as in the New York Times, Washington Post, and many other major media outlets. She lectures widely on sustainable agriculture, biotechnology, and antibiotic issues.

Communications Associate
Maria Juur

Maria Juur is the Communications Associate for the Center for Food Safety. Maria joined CFS's Los Angeles office / Hollywood Food Guild in 2015, where she coordinated several large-scale video and event productions, including a shoot at Neil Young's The Monsanto Years tour in Colorado and Nebraska. In 2017-2018, Maria was supporting CFS's legislative work in Hawaiʻi. She now manages CFS's social media channels and websites.

Maria was born in Tallinn, Estonia, a few years prior to the collapse of the USSR. She holds a BA degree in Art History from the Estonian Academy of Arts and an MA in Aural & Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London. Additionally, Maria is raising awareness on the perils of industrial farming in her native country via the online group GMO Free Estonia.

Science Consultant
Martha Crouch, Ph.D.

Dr. Martha (Marti) Crouch provides scientific assistance to CFS, writing expert comments and reports, and analyzing scientific issues for the legal team.  Marti was a graduate student at Yale University studying the development of seeds and flowers when genes were first cloned in the 1970s.  By the time she headed her own plant molecular biology lab at Indiana University in the 1980s, plant genes were being patented. Prof. Crouch became concerned about potential impacts of genetic engineering in agriculture and her own contributions, and as a result shut down her research lab in the 1990s and taught courses on the intersections of technology, food and agriculture, with an emphasis on environmental impacts. In 2001, Marti left Indiana University to pursue independent consulting. She has given hundreds of lectures and seminars throughout the world, trained students, published research and commentary in peer-reviewed journals and books, participated on grant panels and in workshops, and attended and organized conferences in several different fields of study. Her background thus spans the whole history of genetic engineering in agriculture, as both a participant and a critic, giving Marti a valuable set of skills and perspectives for her work with CFS. Marti is also the official wild mushroom inspector at the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market, keeping the food in her hometown safe.

Senior Attorney
Paige Tomaselli

Paige Tomaselli joined CFS in 2008. As Senior Attorney she works on law and policy related to organic standards, industrial animal agriculture, and food safety. Paige is counsel in numerous CFS Animal Factory cases and has written and published several academic articles relating to animal agriculture, including co-authoring a chapter in CAFO Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories entitled “Changing the Law: The Road to Reform.” Before joining CFS, Paige served as Staff Attorney for Sher Leff, representing public water suppliers and public agencies in cases involving groundwater contamination and toxic torts. Paige holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School and spent time at the University of Siena, Italy, studying international law and human rights.