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.
Hillary Caron is a Senior Policy Associate at CSPI with a focus on state and local policy. Prior to joining CSPI, Hillary held several senior level positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Previously, she was a staffer for the Senate Agriculture Committee during the development and passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Hillary earned a J.D. from NYU School of Law and a B.A. in Public Policy and African & African American Studies from Duke University.
Joelle Johnson is a Senior 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.
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.
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.
Margo Wootan is Vice President for Nutrition at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, named as the top-ranked Nonprofit for National Childhood Nutrition/Health by Guidestar’s Philanthropedia. She was named one of the “Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink” by Fortune magazine, a “Food Hero” by Eating Well magazine, and recognized by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for her leadership in public policy. Dr. Wootan received her B.S. in nutrition from Cornell University and her doctorate in nutrition from Harvard University’s School of Public Health. Wootan has led successful campaigns to require calorie counts on restaurant menus and menu boards, eliminate artificial trans fat, raise nutrition standards for school foods, reduce junk-food marketing aimed at children, and expand nutrition and physical activity programs at CDC. She co-founded and leads both the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity and the Food Marketing Workgroup.
Wootan is a powerful voice shaping the national nutrition debate. She is quoted regularly in the nation’s major media and appeared in the movies Super Size Me and Fed Up.