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. Heather holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Political Science.
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.
Jess is a legal assistant with CFS and joined the dynamic legal team in 2013 after interning in the San Francisco office. She holds a B.A. from Brown University in Environmental Studies and Visual Art, where she focused on environmental justice and food systems. She is passionate about the many facets of food justice and has an interdisciplinary lens informed by a year studying abroad with the International Honors Program“Rethinking Globalization” field school in India, Tanzania, New Zealand, and Mexico. Prior to joining CFS, she worked as a youth urban farming educator in Rhode Island and New York, and provided research and design consultation for the forthcoming Providence Foodshed Justice Mapping Project. In her free time, Jess loves to make art projects and vegan food with local ingredients.
Kaiulani Kimbrell founded A New Awareness Media in 2010, a documentary and multi media company that focuses on unveiling environmental, spiritual and social concerns and solutions.
Her environmental work has been featured on PBS, Olelo TV and public broadcasting stations around the US. She directed and produced the short film Grass Is Green… And We Like It That Way that premiered at the Ojai Film Festival in 2010. Kaiulani has spent substantial time documenting the Hawaiian people’s response to the GE trial tests taking place in Hawaii.
Before founding A New Awareness Media, Kaiulani worked in the music department at New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Prior to that, she worked as a professional actress and singer / songwriter.
She is interested in exploring new media and new modes of distribution to reach as many people as possible to ignite a street level environmental stewardship movement.
While at CFS, Kaiulani will be helping to build and grow a strong CFS Communications and Media Platform, as well as begin organizing a potential new media effort involving the Film and TV community in Los Angeles.
Kasha Ho is the Community and Outreach Coordinator for the Hawaii Center for Food Safety. She has organized for over a decade with communities in Hawaii and across the U.S. working for social and environmental justice. She has worked with groups including the American Friends Service Committee, Rainforest Action Network, The Ruckus Society, and Breast Cancer Action. In Hawaii, Kasha has been mobilizing support and resources for local farmers and ensuring access to fresh, locally grown foods for all communities through her work with GreenWheel Food Hub, Feed The Hunger Foundation, MA’O Organic Farms, and Kanu Hawaii. Born on the island of Kaua‘i, Kasha feels the impacts of industrial agriculture and GMO field testing close to home.Grounding all of her work is a sense of kuleana (responsibility) to protect and care for this place and people.
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 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.
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.
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.
Monica is the part-time administrative assistant for the San Francisco office. She was born and raised in sunny Southern California, and moved to the Bay Area in 2010. Monica received her undergraduate degree in food policy and international relations. In her spare time, Monica enjoys gardening both on the family farm in Union, Missouri and in the urban environments in West Oakland and San Francisco.
Paige Tomaselli is a Senior Staff 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.
Sharon joined CFS from South Jersey after four years of working on organic farms and receiving degrees in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Italian Studies from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. At CFS, Sharon focuses on the Save Our Seeds campaign and facilitating outreach. In her spare time, Sharon works as a weekend vendor for a farmers market creamery, engages in extreme backyard gardening, and collects heirloom seeds.
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 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 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.