About Us
"I really appreciate CFS for what they have done... I'm really pleased that there is somebody that can act as a counterweight to these big corporations that are taking over the seed industry"
-Phil Geertson
Alfalfa farmer and CFS Plaintiff
George Kimbrell
Senior Attorney

CFS Senior Attorney George Kimbrell practices environmental and administrative law with a focus on the impacts of new and emerging technologies. His legal and policy work spans a broad range of CFS program areas, including: genetically engineered foods; transgenic plants, trees and animals; food labeling; organic standards; factory farming; aquaculture; pesticides; nanotechnology; and synthetic biology. George received his law degree magna cum laude from Lewis and Clark Law School, where he subsequently has taught sustainable food and agriculture law as an adjunct professor. George joined CFS upon completing a clerkship with the Honorable Ronald M. Gould, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Heather Whitehead
Director of Online Campaigns

Heather has two decades of campaign, advocacy, and organizing experience. She has worked across the U.S. on several environmental, social justice, and corporate campaigns, and has worked with groups including the Rainforest Action Network, Greenpeace, the Ruckus Society, CorpWatch, and the Genetic Engineering Action Network. She helped launch the True Food Network in 2000 and has been its director since 2003. Prior to joining CFS in 2005, Heather was the national markets campaigner with the genetic engineering campaign at Greenpeace, where she led the True Food Network’s successful campaign urging Trader Joe’s to transition to GE-free products. In addition to directing CFS’s digital campaigns and engagement, Heather was a contributing writer to Your Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food, CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories, and "It's Alive" in the 2008 edition of 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth. She has served on the steering committees of the Genetic Engineering Action Network and Californians for GE-Free Agriculture and is an Impact Advisory Board member for Brigade. Heather holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Political Science.

Jaydee Hanson
Senior Policy Analyst

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.

Kaiulani Kimbrell
Video / Media Director

Kaiulani brings her 20 plus years in the entertainment industry (NY/LA) and a bachelors of science in Visual Journalism and Media to CFS.

She joined CFS staff in 2013 to help launch a video platform for the organization and the food movement. Along with overseeing current CFS video projects, she also hosts and produces (under the auspices of CFS) the up and coming video series Hollywood Food Voices. The show engages celebrities and passionate leaders on food, health and the environment.

To contact her  please email: kkimbrell@hollywoodfood.org

Larissa Walker
Pollinator Program Director | Policy Analyst

Larissa Walker is the Pollinator Campaign Director and a policy analyst for Center for Food Safety. In her role, she integrates national grassroots campaigns with hard-hitting scientific and legal expertise, working with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and regulators at key government agencies to affect positive policy change. Larissa spearheads CFS’s pollinators & pesticides campaign, which focuses on protecting bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects from the harms of pesticides and industrial agriculture. Larissa centered her academic career around environmental policy and theory, with a specific focus on sustainable agriculture and U.S. food policy.  She received her Master’s degree in Environmental Policy Design from Lehigh University and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. Larissa is originally from the Hudson Valley region of NY, and now as a resident of DC, she volunteers with FRESHFARM Markets, a regional nonprofit organization promoting local, sustainable food from the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Lisa J. Bunin, Ph.D.
Senior Organic Policy Director

Lisa Bunin joined CFS as a Switzer Environmental Leadership Fellow, with a long history of environmental activism, having led successful international, national, and local campaigns on toxic pollution, clean production, and genetic engineering. At Greenpeace International in Europe, she launched a winning campaign that culminated in a global ban on the burning of toxic waste at sea through the United Nations. In the US, she worked with Greenpeace to bring the first certified organic cotton clothing to market. Lisa was instrumental in securing a Santa Cruz County-wide moratorium on the planting of genetically engineered crops, as a member of the Public Health Commission’s Genetic Engineering Advisory Board and co-editor of its investigative report. Lisa received her Ph.D. in Environmental Sociology from UC Santa Cruz where she studied organic cotton production systems and markets, conducting field research at sites in India, Switzerland, and California. She has taught college courses on environmental policy, nature and society, and social movements. Prior to joining CFS, Lisa worked as an independent policy consultant on sustainable agriculture issues with government agencies and NGOs such as the Ecological Farming Association, Environmental Commons and Sustainable Cotton Project.

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

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.

Martha Crouch, Ph.D.
Science Consultant

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.

Megan Blazak
Hawaii Program Manager

Megan joined Center for Food Safety in 2014 as a Hawaii Program Manager. In her role, she oversees project planning and implementation for the Hawaii office across the organization’s programs. She is responsible for streamlining project execution by organizing and maintaining project timelines, assignments and internal communications. In addition, Megan works closely with the Hawaii Program Director, national staff and key community organizers to develop strategies and tactics for achieving program goals and deliverables.

After serving as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Poland, Megan relocated to Hawaii to pursue a career working on sustainability and food security issues. Born and raised in New Jersey, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a B.A. in English and Women's Studies. As a student, she worked at the university’s dining hall, where her interests in sustainable food systems blossomed, and she initiated efforts to reduce food and energy waste.

Megan’s passion led her to complete a residential internship at a permaculture farm and circus arts education center on Hawaii Island, where she discovered her love for Hawaii and hula hooping. Before joining CFS, she worked as an Energy Efficiency and Agriculture Fellow with the KUPU RISE program where she researched ways to reduce electricity use in high-intensity agriculture.

Monica White
Office Administrator

Monica is the office administrator for the San Francisco CFS Office. She was born and raised in sunny Southern California and moved to the Bay Area in 2010. In 2014, Monica helped start a cooperatively owned farm in Pinole focusing on pasture raised animals, which she refers to as her “morning job”. Monica received her undergraduate degree in food policy and international relations from San Francisco State University in 2013. In her spare time, Monica enjoys gardening both on the family farm in Union, Missouri and in the urban environments in West Oakland where she lives.

Nicole McCann
Social Media Manager

Nicole is Social Media Manager for Center for Food Safety. In her role she oversees CFS social media channels, developing and implementing strategies to advance the work of the organization.
 
She has years of campaigning, organizing, and advocacy experience. She has worked on a variety of food issues, including genetic engineering, plant-based nutrition, and urban agriculture, all at varying degrees of local, college, and corporate-level engagement. Recent successes in her advocacy work include getting major food companies, such as Unilever (Hellmann’s), Hershey’s, Abbott Laboratories (Similac), and Campbell’s to announce non-GMO and organic products. In addition to her work in sustainable agricultural campaign work she has worked and studied extensively in the areas of Fair Trade for food and products, as well as sustainable apparel.
 
She received her Master’s Degree in Global Environmental Policy with a focus on sustainable food systems from American University. Her graduate thesis research focused on industrial animal agriculture, particularly pig and chicken factory farms in North Carolina. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in French and another in Apparel Merchandising from Virginia Commonwealth University. As you can see, she is well-versed in a wide spectrum of environmental impact issue areas. She also follows a plant-based diet.

Paige Tomaselli
Senior Attorney

Paige Tomaselli is a Senior Attorney at the Center for Food Safety, where she works on law and policy related to genetically engineered crops, organic standards, factory farming, and other food safety issues. Previously, she represented public water suppliers and public agencies in cases involving groundwater contamination and toxic torts at Sher Leff, LLP. Paige is a dedicated environmental advocate, with a focus on animal welfare and food safety issues. She co-wrote a chapter in the recently released CAFO Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories, entitled “Changing the Law: The Road to Reform.”  She frequently speaks at the premier sustainable agriculture and animal law conferences in the U.S., and in 2013, she traveled to Japan to speak to the Japanese Parliament and Ministers of Environment and Agriculture on the impacts of genetic engineering. In 2011, Paige participated in the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Agrochemical Transnational Corporations in Bangalore, India, where we presented dozens of cases illustrating how the sale and use of pesticides undermine internationally recognized rights to health, livelihood, and life to a panel of internationally recognized scholars and scientists. Paige holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School, where she was a member of the Environmental and Natural Resources Litigation Clinic, published an international comparative animal welfare article through the Animal Legal and Historical Center, and spent time at the University of Siena, Italy, studying international law.

Sylvia Wu
Staff Attorney

Sylvia Wu is a Staff Attorney at the Center for Food Safety, where she works on law and policy related to genetically engineered crops, factory farming, aquaculture, pesticides, and other food safety issues.  Sylvia joined CFS as a full-time Legal Fellow in 2011, having previously worked at CFS as a law clerk.   Sylvia holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she authored a paper on the legal implications of the use of genetically engineered wine yeast in the U.S. wine industry.  During law school, Sylvia also worked as a kitchen intern at Corso Trattoria, learning the art of rustic Italian cooking.  Sylvia is on the leadership team of Slow Food USA’s East Bay Chapter, as well as the Board of Directors for Planting Justice, an Oakland-based non-profit organization, and is involved in various projects promoting local economy and urban agriculture in the East Bay.

Tonja Moore
Director of Operations

Tonja has 18 years experience working in office management and administration in both the corporate and legal environments. Prior to managing offices, she worked as a paralegal and legal secretary. For the last 10 years she has run her own event production company, Moody Moore Productions, to raise awareness and funds for local charities. Tonja is responsible for all facets of operations management including human resources, payroll, facilities & office management, supervision of junior staff, network administration and assisting accounting with accounts receivables & payables.

Zack Marker
Legal Fellow

Zack is a legal fellow at Center for Food Safety, happily returning after working as a law clerk with CFS in the summer of 2012. In May 2013, Zack graduated from UC Davis School of Law, where he focused on food law and policy while earning the school’s environmental law certificate. As a student, Zack twice competed in the Pace Environmental Law Moot Court competition, served as an executive editor for Davis’s environmental law journal Environs, worked with fellow students to create two student-led courses in Wine Law and Agricultural Law, and helped to re-establish Davis’ Ag Law Society. In addition to his work with CFS, Zack served as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate environmental law course, and held externships at Food & Water Watch and the California District Attorneys Association’s Environmental Circuit Prosecutor Project, enforcing environmental and workplace safety laws in rural counties of California. Prior to law school, Zack served as a special projects jack-of-all-trades for a youth-finance multimedia company, based out of his hometown of Corvallis, Oregon.