About Us
"The Center for Food Safety is the leading legal and consumer advocacy group in this country working to protect our food…the future of the food movement depends on groups like the Center"
-Anna Lappe
Award-winning author, founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and the Real Food Media Project.
Elisabeth Holmes
Consulting Attorney

Eli focuses her work on the CFS campaign against factory farming, and assists on CFS’s general litigation docket related to food safety matters.  Eli holds a LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the University of Oregon, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, a M.A. in French from Middlebury College and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.  Eli recently co-authored “Power, Politics and Poison:  The Story Behind National Cotton Council of America v. U.S. EPA.” 41 Environmental Law Reporter 10946 (10-2011).  Prior to joining CFS, Eli served as a judicial law clerk in the Massachusetts Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department and worked in private practice.  She has worked on a variety of environmental cases involving such issues as CAFOs, the BP oil spill, proposed statewide waivers of environmental protections, misapplications of pesticides, biopiracy, and Walmart expansions.  While at the University of Oregon, Eli served as a clerk to the Vice Chair of the United Nations’ European Economic Commission’s Aarhus Convention’s Compliance Committee.  The Compliance Committee enforces access to information, public participation, and justice in environmental matters.  Eli has traveled extensively, and has lived in Europe and West Africa.

Gabriela Steier
Legal Fellow

Gabriela Steier is a legal fellow at Center for Food Safety focusing on international food law, policy and trade. She holds a B.A. from Tufts University, a J.D. from Duquesne University and is pursuing a doctorate in comparative law.

While in law school, Gabriela earned several awards for her work and served as the Associate Managing Editor of Juris Magazine and research assistant for Professor Jane C. Moriarty at the Duquesne University School of Law.  Her publications include: Externalities in Industrial Food Production: The Costs of Profit, 3 Dartmouth L. J. 164 (Fall 2011); Cibus, Lex, Commercium: Food Law and Plantenomics in World Trade, 31 Temp. J. Sci. Tech. & Envtl. L. 177 (Winter 2012); Dead People Don’t Eat: Food Governmentenomics and Conflicts-of-Interest in the USDA and FDA, 7 Pitt. J. Envt. & Pub. Health L. 1 (Winter 2012); and The WTO's Blind Spot: Dispute Resolution in the International Food Industry, 11 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 1 (2013).

As Editor in Chief of a new textbook on international food law and policy and with her numerous publications ranging from peer-reviewed articles in international medical journals to law reviews, Gabriela has gained wide-spread interdisciplinary interest and some of her articles have been on the Top Ten List on SSRN for several months. She speaks six languages and has traveled extensively throughout Europe.

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
Online Campaigns Director

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
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.

Jessica Daniels
Legal Assistant

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
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

Lani Lee
Hawaii Office Administrator

Lani Lee is the part-time Office Administrator for the Hawaii office. Born and raised in Honolulu, she feels blessed to call Hawaii home. Lani received a BA with High Honors in English and a Certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has over 20 years of administrative experience in both the non-profit and private sectors, including marketing, development, and event planning projects. In her spare time, Lani enjoys yoga, knitting, and reading. She also recently started a small garden on her lanai, and now has a deeper respect and awe for farmers, growers, botanists, and any and all plant enthusiasts who know how to nurture nature with their hands.

Larissa Walker
Pollinator Campaign 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.
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.

Paige Tomaselli
Senior Staff Attorney

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 Perrone
Research Associate

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.