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Stephen Schmidt

Stephen Schmidt

Stephen Schmidt has been Editor-in-Chief of Nutrition Action Healthletter since 1988. From 1975 to 1980 he worked as a newspaper reporter in Central America. He holds a BA from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, and a Licenciatura in journalism (Summa Cum Laude) from the Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica in San José, Costa Rica.

Colin Schwartz

Colin Schwartz, MPP, is Senior Nutrition Policy Associate 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

Administrative Coordinator

 

Matthew Simon

Matthew (Matt) Simon is a Litigation Food Law Attorney 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 Bar. Supervision by Maia Kats, a member of the District of Columbia Bar. 

Sarah Sorscher

Sarah Sorscher is CSPI's Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs. She works with staff scientists, outside legal counsel, and coalition allies to improve the nutrition information available to consumers, 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.  She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and provides legal advice only to CSPI.

 

Ariana Stone

Ariana Stone, Communications Coordinator, helps manage CSPI’s web content and coordinates media requests across all departments. Ariana graduated from American University in 2013 with a BA in journalism, where she interned at NPR, The Washington Post, and the Scripps Howard Foundation. She considers a day lost without at least 5 fruits or veggies. 

Jennifer Urban

Project Coordinator, Nutrition Action Healthletter

 

Ken Waldmiller

Ken Waldmiller

Kenneth Waldmiller has been the Director of Information Services of CSPI since 2000. He has been active in the field of computers and technology since 1984. He manages the Information Technology department and oversees the operations of the Customer Service department and Fulfillment operations. Ken is directly responsible for maintaining the subscriber database, printing, and the mailing of CSPI’s publication, Nutrition Action Healthletter, the largest-circulation health newsletter in North America. He also works with the direct mail and marketing departments to increase the newsletter's circulation and to member donations to CSPI. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from SUNY Brockport and his M.S in Computer Systems Management from University of Maryland University 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

Margo Wootan is the Vice President for Nutrition at CSPI. Wootan received her B.S. in nutrition from Cornell University and her doctorate in nutrition from Harvard University's School of Public Health. Wootan co-founded and coordinates the activities of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) and the Food Marketing Workgroup. She has coordinated and led efforts to require calorie labeling at fast-food and other chain restaurants, require trans fat labeling on packaged foods, improve school foods, reduce junk-food marketing aimed at children, and expand the nutrition and physical activity program at CDC. Wootan has received numerous awards and is quoted regularly in the nation's major media.