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Julia McCarthy

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. 

Darya Minovi

Darya Minovi is a Policy Associate at CSPI, focusing on healthy retail policies. She received her B.S. from the College of William & Mary and her Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to joining CSPI, Darya worked for Health In Harmony, a conservation and development non-profit in Portland, OR, and while in graduate school she was part of the Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School.

Lindsay Moyer

Lindsay Moyer

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

Colleen O'Day

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.

Ronda Parks

Ronda Parks serves as Accounting Associate and has been with CSPI since 2000.  Her primary responsibilities are assisting the Finance Director with operations, coordinating the audit process, and managing invoices and payments.

Sara Ribakove

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

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.

Dennies Simmons

Dennies Simmons

Dennies Simmons, who joined the CSPI staff in 2006, serves as an Administrator 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.