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Sara Ribakove

Sara Ribakove is a Policy Associate focused on reducing unhealthy food marketing to children and improving the nutritional quality of food for children in restaurants. Prior to joining CSPI in 2015, Sara worked for the Food Recovery Network, a non-profit working to reduce hunger and food waste. She is currently a graduate student at Georgetown University, where she is pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration, focused on responsible and ethical business practices and non-market strategy. She earned her B.A. in Public Health from the University of Rochester in 2014.

Maya Sandalow

Maya Sandalow is a Policy Associate at CSPI and focuses on SNAP access and health equity. Prior to joining CSPI, Maya worked at the Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance, interned with the food assistance team at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and served as an AmeriCorps member at a San Francisco Department of Public Health primary care clinic. Maya holds a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College. 

Chris Schmidt

Chris Schmidt

Chris Schmidt has been with CSPI since 1991. He currently serves as the Customer Service Manager. His primary responsibility is to coordinate and supervise the circulation, customer service and mailroom functions. 

Colin Schwartz

Colin Schwartz, MPP, is Deputy Director, Legislative Affairs at CSPI and works on nutrition policy and advocacy. Prior to joining CSPI in July 2015, he served as director of government affairs at the Physicians Committee, policy and communications manager for the American Association of People with Disabilities, and manager of Viral Hepatitis Policy and Legislative Affairs at the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors. Colin earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego, and a Master in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Jessi Silverman

Jessi Silverman is a Policy Associate and the Mark & Sushma Palmer Public Health Advocacy Fellow at CSPI, working to strengthen the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and increase access to healthier food in public places, worksites, and other institutions. She is a registered dietitian, earned her MSPH in Human Nutrition from Johns Hopkins University and holds a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. Prior to joining CSPI, Jessi was a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and completed internships at CSPI, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and MANNA.

Dennies Simmons

Dennies Simmons

Dennies Simmons, who joined the CSPI staff in 2006, serves as an Administrative Coordinator.  Simmons manages CSPI's mailroom operations, serves as the primary contact for general phone calls to the organization, and provides project-based administrative support to a variety of departments. 

Matthew Simon

Matthew (Matt) Simon is a Associate Litigation Director at CSPI. He focuses on consumer class actions challenging food companies’ deceptive advertising and labeling practices. Before joining CSPI, Matt served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Frank Maas, Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York. Prior to that, Matt was a Research Fellow at Human Rights Watch. Matt received his law degree from NYU School of Law, where he was admitted to the order of the Coif, and his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars.

Emily Snyder

Emily Snyder, RDN is Senior Policy Associate at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. She focuses on healthy retail campaigns and is passionate about working with retailers to transform the retail food environment to make the healthy choice the easy choice for shoppers. Emily’s professional experience includes advocating for improved nutrition and drug safety policies. She earned a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and completed the Cornell University Dietetic Internship Program.

Sarah Sorscher

Sarah Sorscher is Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs at Center for Science in the Public Interest, where she works to improve consumers’ access to information about the food they eat, stop deceptive food advertising, and reduce or remove harmful food additives and contaminants in our food supply.  Prior to joining CSPI in 2017, she worked on health and safety issues at Public Citizen’s Health Research Group and served as a law clerk for the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Sarah holds a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, an M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health, and a B.A. from Amherst College. 

Jane Welna

Jane Welna

Jane Welna, Director of Development, oversees foundation relations for CSPI's nutrition and food safety advocacy programs. Prior to joining CSPI in October 2001, she served as Director of Development at Downtown Community Television Center in New York City and Executive Director at the documentary photography cooperative Impact Visuals. Jane graduated from Carleton College with a degree in Art History.