Abby Dilk is the Project Assistant for Health Promotion Policy and Biotechnology. Abby earned a B.S. in Nutrition Science, with minors in biology and chemistry, from Purdue University in 2016. During her undergraduate career, Abby interned at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the UC Davis Medical Center, co-authored a nutrition textbook, and published a research paper about sugar-sweetened beverage taxation. Abby is currently earning her Master’s in Public Health Nutrition at The George Washington University.
Caitlin Dow, Senior Nutrition Scientist for Nutrition Action Healthletter, earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from The University of Arizona. Caitlin completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has extensive experience as a health blogger and worked with a local news station as the resident nutrition expert in Colorado. She has also volunteered with Cooking Matters, a program focused on teaching nutrition and cooking skills to low-income families.
Project Assistant, Nutrition Action Healthletter
Leah, Project Coordinator for Nutrition Action Healthletter, worked on child nutrition as part of her AmeriCorps service with the Montana Food Bank Network. During grad school Leah served as research assistant at Tufts University and a Healthy Kids Out of School communications intern at ChildObesity180. Leah earned a Master of Science in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Master of Public Health in Health Communications from Tufts University School of Medicine.
Jennifer, Director of Marketing, 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.
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 has published numerous articles and reports on those topics. He has worked on biosafety regulatory issues in the U.S. and throughout the world, including the African countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mali, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria. 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 has provided his biosafety expertise for projects involving the International Food Policy Research Institute, the World Bank, and the UNEP-GEF Biosafety Project. Jaffe earned his BA with High Honors from Wesleyan University in Biology and Government and then received a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Joelle Johnson is a Nutrition 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.
Kats, Litigation Director, is an experienced class action litigator and former partner of the boutique firm of Sprenger & Lang, PLLC. Maia has served as lead class counsel in numerous pioneering litigations. She received both her bachelor and law degrees from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded several academic distinctions and fellowships.
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.