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, Policy Director, is a seasoned legislative and regulatory campaigner for improvements to public health and democracy. A strategic thinker with the skills to maximize the legal and political opportunities presented in working with Congress, the regulatory agencies, courts, public and media, 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.
Jolene Mafnas is a Project Coordinator for the CSPI’s Nutrition Action Healthletter. She graduated with B.S. in Public Health and Environmental Policy from the College of William & Mary. Prior to CSPI, she was an intern for Sodexo USA Inc., where she contributed to making her college's dining facility more sustainable, helped improve the vegan/vegetarian options available, and promoted healthier eating by reducing meat intake.
Julia McCarthy is a Senior Policy Associate at CSPI, focusing on healthy retail policies. Prior to joining CSPI, she was a policy analyst at the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, and Policy. McCarthy has worked as a legal fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Public Interest Research Group. She attended Georgetown University and has a law degree from New York University where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern scholar.
Lindsay Moyer is a Senior Nutritionist for Nutrition Action Healthletter. Lindsay is a Registered Dietitian and completed her dietetic internship at the National Institutes of Health with a concentration in clinical nutrition research. Lindsay earned her M.S. in Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and B.A. in Science Writing/Journalism from Lehigh University.
Colleen O'Day is the Director of Human Resources and Administration at CSPI. She manages all human resources-related functions and oversees CSPI's administrative operations. Prior to joining CSPI in 2009, she served as Director of Human Resources at People for the American Way starting in 2005. Before that, O’Day held a variety of positions throughout her 18 years at Common Cause, including five years in the media relations office and 11 years as Director of Human Resources. O'Day earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior and Management from Brown University.
Sara Ribakove is a Policy Coordinator focused on reducing unhealthy food marketing to children, improving the nutritional quality of food for children in both restaurants and schools, building the advocacy capacity of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) and the Food Marketing Workgroup, and promoting healthy checkout programs. Prior to joining CSPI in 2015, Sara worked for the Food Recovery Network, a non-profit working to reduce hunger and food waste. She earned her B.A. in Public Health from the University of Rochester in 2014.
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, 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.