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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.

Margo Wootan

Margo Wootan is Vice President for Nutrition at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, named as the top-ranked Nonprofit for National Childhood Nutrition/Health by Guidestar’s Philanthropedia. She was named one of the “Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink” by Fortune magazine, a “Food Hero” by Eating Well magazine, and recognized by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for her leadership in public policy. Dr. Wootan received her B.S. in nutrition from Cornell University and her doctorate in nutrition from Harvard University’s School of Public Health. Wootan has led successful campaigns to require calorie counts on restaurant menus and menu boards, eliminate artificial trans fat, raise nutrition standards for school foods, reduce junk-food marketing aimed at children, and expand nutrition and physical activity pro­grams at CDC. She co-founded and leads both the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity and the Food Marketing Workgroup.

Wootan is a powerful voice shaping the national nutrition debate. She is quoted regularly in the nation’s major media and appeared in the movies Super Size Me and Fed Up.

Breanne Wright

Breanne Wright, Senior Scientist on the policy team, earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Nutrition Science from Purdue University, and her B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from University of Maryland – Baltimore County as a Meyerhoff Scholar. Breanne completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH). The common thread of her research is investigation of dietary disparities in special populations (e.g., pregnant and lactating women, emergency food system patrons, U.S. Veterans, rural and low-income communities). Breanne brings this expertise into her role of reviewing and developing science-based materials and messages to support national, state, and local food and nutrition policies, especially for communities that experience health disparities.