Katherine Shek serves as CSPI's Director of Campaign Communications, leading the policy communications team in planning and implementing campaigns to influence policy and drive engagement, especially in disadvantaged communities. Before CSPI, Katherine managed communications and digital engagement at the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board, the American Constitution Society and the National School Boards Association, respectively. Prior to that, she was a journalist and editor.
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, 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 (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.
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 pathogens and other harmful contaminants in our food supply. Prior to joining CSPI 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. She 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.
Elena Veatch, Strategic Communications Associate, develops campaigns to engage the public, lawmakers, and corporations around policies to improve the U.S. food system. Prior to joining CSPI, Elena served as Senior Account Manager at a progressive political consulting firm, where she managed the development of digital advertising and direct mail programs to help advocacy groups, labor unions, nonprofits, and state and local candidates advance their goals. Elena earned a B.A. in Political Science from Skidmore College in 2016.
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.
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.