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Legal Fellow
Meredith Stevenson

Meredith Stevenson is a legal fellow at Center for Food Safety's San Francisco office. She is currently studying environmental law at UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an active member of Hastings Environmental Law Association and a staff editor for Hastings Environmental Law Journal. Before attending law school, she developed a passion for gardening as a volunteer coordinator at Western Washington University's community garden. There, she taught workshops on producing compost, growing mushrooms, and saving seeds, while also educating the larger student body as a member of Students for Sustainable Food. In her free time, she enjoys long distance hiking, playing music, and riding her bicycle.

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.