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Legal Assistant
Russell Howze

Russell Howze is the Legal Assistant for the Center for Food Safety. Before joining CFS, Russell was a paralegal with the Center for Biological Diversity's Environmental Health program. Growing up in a rural town in South Carolina, some of his earliest memories are of weeding gardens and eating vegetables straight out of the ground. Russell has worked with many nonprofits over the years, most memorably as a co-manager of the CELLspace arts warehouse, as a "grassroots carny" with the Sustainable Living Roadshow, and as a puppeteer with the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew. Russell also wrote the book "Stencil Nation" (Manic D Press) and runs a street art website. In his spare time, Russell makes stencils, gives art tours, and reads books.

Staff Attorney
Ryan Talbott

Ryan Talbott is a Staff Attorney in the Center for Food Safety's Portland, Oregon office. Ryan joined CFS in 2018 and practices environmental and administrative law to reduce the rate of foodborne illnesses and to improve consumers' access to information about what is in the food they eat.  A 2012 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, Ryan has focused his legal education and career on public interest environmental law, earning a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. Prior to joining CFS, Ryan worked for Appalachian Mountain Advocates and Allegheny Defense Project, where he defended public lands from the impacts of industrial fracking and pipeline construction. Ryan is admitted to the bar in Oregon and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.


Lawyers for America Fellow
Victoria Yundt

Victoria Yundt is a second-year Lawyers for America fellow at Center for Food Safety's San Francisco office. She graduated from the University of California Hastings in 2018, where she studied environmental law and was a senior editor for Hastings Environmental Law Journal. As a law student, she also studied international human rights law and interned at Just Atonement Inc., a human rights legal nonprofit, from 2016 to 2017. Prior to law school, Tori received an M.S. in Sustainability, Development and Peace from the United Nations University in Tokyo.