Nicole is the Social Media & Community 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 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.
Patrick Riggs is a program assistant for Center for Food Safety’s climate change and agriculture work. He earned his B.A. magna cum laude in Environmental Studies and Documentary Filmmaking from Occidental College. As an undergraduate, Patrick researched the impact of state water projects on indigenous irrigation systems in Peru and the societal impacts of rising sea levels in small island communities off the coast of Panama. Before joining CFS, Patrick was a film editor and cinematographer for an adventure film company in Boulder, CO, and he worked as an independent contractor on a number of independent and commercial film projects. As a program assistant at CFS, Patrick brings his experience as a filmmaker and graphic designer to communicate CFS’ work through a variety of online and print media.
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. As an attorney with CFS, Sylvia has litigated against U.S. federal agencies over approval of herbicide-resistant genetically engineered crops and their associated pesticide use, the approval of pesticides that are harming pollinators and other sensitive species, as well as approval of industrial offshore aquaculture systems that will pollute our oceans and marine resources. Through legislative efforts and litigation, Sylvia also works with local communities to defend communities’ right to protect themselves against the harms of industrial agriculture. Sylvia holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Sylvia is involved in various projects promoting local economy and urban agriculture in the Bay Area.
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.