Joelle Johnson is a Senior Policy Associate at CSPI and works on policy and advocacy efforts that support healthy eating with a specific focus on the retail environment. Prior to joining CSPI she was a program manager for the Food Literacy Project, a farm-based food system education organization in Louisville, KY, and a local food procurement coordinator for DC Central Kitchen. Joelle is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health where she earned her Master in Public Health with a concentration in food and nutrition.
As Regulatory Counsel, Jensen Jose focuses on supporting CSPI’s efforts to strengthen the oversight of food additives and dietary supplements. Jensen served as regulatory policy specialist and staff liaison for the American Optometric Association. He also served as associate counsel for the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and a research associate for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Jensen earned his JD from the University of Maryland law school, and a BS in Biology and BA in Political Science from the University of Washington.
Lisa Y. Lefferts is Senior Scientist at CSPI and focuses primarily on food additives. Prior to CSPI, her work consulting for non-profit organizations took her around the world, conducting trainings, representing Consumers International at Codex Alimentarius, and participating in FAO/WHO expert consultations. She has done extensive work assessing "green" label claims on various products. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College in Biology and Environmental Studies, and a Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bonnie Liebman, CSPI's Director of Nutrition, has been with the organization since 1977. She holds an M.S. in nutritional sciences from Cornell University. Liebman has been the key link in formulating CSPI's policies on diet and health. She provides the scientific input on many of the organization's administrative petitions and legislative proposals. Liebman is the author of numerous articles on diet and cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other illnesses for Nutrition Action Healthletter and a co-author of Salt: The Brand Name Guide to Sodium. She also served on the advisory committees that issued the American Cancer Society's 2001 and 1996 Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention.
Kelsey Lloyd serves as the Digital Communications Associate working to organize and distribute information pertaining to nutrition policy at CSPI. Kelsey is a Registered Dietitian with a background in counseling both children and adults and understands the complexities of the food environment. Additionally, she has worked in social media relations for food bloggers, university operations, and small business. She holds her B.S. in Nutritional Science and M.S. in Nutrition from Boston University.
Peter Lurie, M.D., M.P.H. is President of CSPI. Previously, Lurie was the Associate Commissioner for Public Health Strategy and Analysis at the Food and Drug Administration, where he worked on antimicrobial resistance, transparency, caffeinated beverages, arsenic in rice, fish consumption by pregnant and nursing women, expanded access to investigational drugs, and prescription drug abuse. Prior to that, he was Deputy Director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, where he addressed drug and device issues, coauthored the organization’s Worst Pills, Best Pills consumer guide to medications, and led efforts to reduce worker exposure to hexavalent chromium and beryllium. Earlier, as a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Michigan, he studied needle exchange programs, ethical aspects of mother-to-infant HIV transmission studies, and other HIV policy issues domestically and abroad.
Laura MacCleery is a passionate and skilled advocate for public health and has worked to advance transparency, fairness and democracy for twenty years. She is Policy Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and has been at CSPI since 2016. A graduate of Stanford Law School, she spent nine years at Public Citizen, including serving as Director of Congress Watch. She was Deputy Director for Democracy Programs at the Brennan Center for Justice for three years, followed by Director of Legislative Affairs at the Center for Reproductive Rights, leading the development of their D.C. office. She was also Vice President for Policy and Mobilization at Consumer Reports/Consumers Union. She is the author or editor of more than 100 comments to regulatory dockets and 30 major research-based reports, and has testified in state legislatures, the U.S. Congress, and Brussels. She has appeared on national and local television and radio, published dozens of opinion editorials and blog posts, spoken at numerous conferences, rallies and other events, and been quoted frequently in the press.
Claudia Malloy, Advocacy Director, leads CSPI's program and grassroots strategies for national, state, and local policies and corporate campaigns. She supports and strengthens partnerships and mobilizes organizations, health professionals, and the public to build momentum for food and nutrition policies, especially in historically disenfranchised communities that experience health disparities and are disproportionately targeted by unhealthy beverage and food marketing. Claudia has a 30-year career as a nonprofit leader.
Jerold Mande is Senior Advisor to the president at CSPI. Before joining CSPI in 2020, he was Professor of the Practice, nutrition policy and civic life at Tufts University.
Jerry brings a wealth of experience in public health and food policy to CSPI. In 2009 he was appointed by President Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack as Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. In 2011, he moved to USDA’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, where he helped lead the nation’s $100 billion nutrition programs focusing on making our 15 feeding programs healthier. Before that, he was on the faculty at the Yale School of Medicine.
Earlier in his career, as senior advisor to the FDA commissioner, he helped shape nutrition, food safety, and tobacco policy and led the design of the Nutrition Facts label. Following his time at FDA, he served on the White House staff as a food, nutrition, and health policy advisor and was deputy administrator of OSHA. He began his career as a legislative assistant for Al Gore, helping Gore write the nation's organ transplant and donor laws.
Jerry earned an MPH in nutrition from UNC Chapel Hill and a BS in nutrition from UCONN. He also completed the senior government managers program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Among his achievements is the Presidential Award for Design Excellence for his work on the Nutrition Facts food label.
Lisa Mankofsky is the Litigation Director at CSPI. She leads CSPI’s efforts to identify and bring class action and administrative lawsuits challenging deceptive advertising and labeling practices concerning food and supplements, working with CSPI staff and private lawyers. Ms. Mankofsky has significant experience litigating and advising on a range of complex civil cases in federal and state courts, including cases seeking to prevent unfair or deceptive marketing practices, false advertising, and violations of Consumer Protection Acts. As a long-time partner at Foley & Lardner LLP and as a Senior Trial Consultant, she worked on consumer protection laws prohibiting deceptive and unconscionable business practices in the areas of food, drug and product safety, and preventing telemarketing abuse. Ms. Mankofsky earned her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a BA with High Honors in Political Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars.