Emily Friedman is a Legal Fellow at CSPI. She conducts policy and legal research and develops policies and materials to support healthy food banking and healthy retail. Emily holds a JD from Washington University in St. Louis, and previously practiced law at a firm. She published a note on food waste in the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy and served as a legal intern at the Delaware River Basin Commission, an environmental regulatory agency. She holds an MA from Columbia University and a BA from Bates College.
Sara Ghaith serves as Chief Operating Officer. She manages CSPI’s operations, which includes Marketing, Development, Human Resources, Finance, Customer Service, and Information Systems. Prior to joining CSPI, Sara worked for the National Geographic Society in leadership roles that focused on new business development, donor fundraising strategies, operations, and strategic partnership development. She earned an MBA from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA.
Jennifer, Director of Business Operations, brings a wide range of marketing experience including subscription marketing, list acquisition, copy-writing, data analysis and reporting, and budget management. Jennifer comes to CSPI after 16 years of service with Access Intelligence, a worldwide information and marketing company, where she began as an assistant marketing manager and left as a publisher. As publisher, Jennifer managed the marketing, editorial, production and sales teams for the aerospace group and the healthcare product line. Prior to that, Jennifer worked for the Washington Business Journal where her responsibilities included coordinating operations in circulation and marketing.
Eva Greenthal is a Policy Associate at CSPI. She holds a dual MS/MPH degree in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a BA in Environmental Studies from University of Michigan. Prior to joining CSPI, Eva served as a Program Coordinator for Let’s Go! at Maine Medical Center and as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member at HealthReach Community Health Centers in Waterville, Maine.
Ashley Hickson is a Senior Policy Associate focusing on healthy retail campaign initiatives. Prior to joining CSPI, she served as Director of Community Impact at the American Heart Association where she led her market’s food access strategies. Ashley is a Doctor of Public Health student at Johns Hopkins with a concentration in Health Equity and Social Justice. She has a passion for food justice and is a Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellow in the obesity and food system focus area. She holds an MPH from the University of Texas Health Science Center and dual degrees (BBA/BS) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Ayelet has led organizing, communications, non-violent direct action, lobbying, teaching, GOTV and publishing on campaigns for public health, workers' rights, the environment, human rights, gay rights, environmental justice, animal rights, political candidates and more. As Director of Corporate Responsibility, Ayelet works with companies to promote healthy choices in restaurants and other retail outlets.
Alyssa Hull, Development Coordinator, provides support to CSPI’s mid-level and major gift fundraising programs. Prior to joining CSPI, Alyssa worked in fund development while serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Orlando, FL.
Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., is a Co-founder and long-time Executive Director of CSPI. He is now serving as Senior Scientist at CSPI. Jacobson has written numerous books and reports, including Eater’s Digest: the Consumer’s Fact Book of Food Additives, Nutrition Scoreboard, Salt: the Forgotten Killer, and Liquid Candy: How Soft Drinks are Harming Americans’ Health. He has also been honored with such awards as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Hero Award (2010), the American Public Health Association’s David P. Rall award for advocacy in public health (2011), and the Food Marketing Institute’s Esther Peterson Consumer Service Award (1992). His Ph.D. in microbiology is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Gregory Jaffe is the Director of the Project on Biotechnology for CSPI. Jaffe came to CSPI after serving as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice's Environmental and Natural Resources Division and as Senior Counsel with the U.S. EPA, Air Enforcement Division. He is a recognized international expert on agricultural biotechnology and biosafety and works on biosafety regulatory issues in the U.S. and throughout the world. He was a member of the Secretary of Agriculture's Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture from 2003-2008 and was reappointed to a new term in 2011. He was also a member of FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee from 2004-2008. In addition, he provides biosafety expertise to the International Food Policy Research Institute and Cornell University’s Alliance for Science. Jaffe earned his BA with High Honors from Wesleyan University in Biology and Government and then received a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Taylor James, Strategic Communications Associate, is a member of the policy communications team where she works to amplify CSPI’s Food and Nutrition Policy efforts. She has a wide range of marketing and communications experience, working with Fortune 100 companies and global non-profits across an array of projects. Taylor has a penchant for finding out-of-the-box solutions that stems from her creative agency background.
Taylor serves as the volunteer Marketing and Communications Director and on the board of directors of Soul Trak Outdoors, an outdoor adventure and education non-profit that focused on Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Access. She earned her B.S. in Sport Management and Business Administration from Towson University.