About Us
"they [CFS] have been a real leader- in raising questions about genetically modified food, and the technology behind it, the impact on farmers. Because it's not just about environmental health threats, it's really a political issue..."
-Michael Pollan
Award-winning author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food
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 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
Hawaii Community and Outreach Coordinator

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
Policy & Campaign Coordinator

Larissa Walker is the Policy & Campaign coordinator 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.

Monica White
Office Administrator

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
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.

Sarah Stevens
Program Assistant

Sarah is a Program Assistant with CFS and focuses on organic policy and pollinator health.  Sarah joined CFS in 2011 after working as an environmental educator in Oregon teaching students about ecology through field-based prairie restoration projects.  She holds a B.A. from Colby College where she majored in Environmental Policy and Biology.  During college, Sarah interned with the Conservation Law Foundation researching policy issues ranging from fisheries management to energy efficiency.  In addition to policy and conservation research projects, Sarah has worked as a naturalist in Colorado and a river guide in Maine.

Sharon Perrone
Program Assistant

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.

Susanna Beck
Development Manager

Susanna is the Development Manager for the Center for Food Safety.  Before joining CFS, Susanna managed the fundraising department at the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA), the non-profit partner of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.  Prior to FMSA, Susanna worked with several international development organizations including Sustainable Harvest International in Surry, Maine and Global Service Corps in Arusha, Tanzania.  Susanna has a strong interest in food and agriculture issues and focused her M.A. in International Relations on this topic.  Her master’s thesis, Systemic Barriers to Agroecology: A Comparative Analysis of Mexico, Paraguay and Cuba, explored the relationship between international trade and food sovereignty in three different regions of Latin America.

Sylvia Wu
Staff Attorney

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 Moore
Director of Operations

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 Marker
Legal Fellow

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.