Policy – Legislative/Partnerships

Emily Friedman

Emily Friedman is a Legal Fellow at CSPI. She conducts policy and legal research and develops policies and materials to support healthy food banking and healthy retail. Emily holds a JD from Washington University in St. Louis, and previously practiced law at a firm. She published a note on food waste in the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy and served as a legal intern at the Delaware River Basin Commission, an environmental regulatory agency. She holds an MA from Columbia University and a BA from Bates College. 

Maya Sandalow

Maya Sandalow is a Senior Policy Associate at CSPI and focuses on SNAP access and nutrition insecurity. Prior to joining CSPI, Maya worked at the Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance, interned with the food assistance team at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and served as an AmeriCorps member at a San Francisco Department of Public Health primary care clinic. Maya holds a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College.

Cassandra Ramos

Cassandra (Cassie) Ramos is a Policy Associate who helps identify and implement strategies to support healthy eating for low-income families, including through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Before joining CSPI, she served as the HHMI Science Policy Fellow at Research!America supporting health research advocacy, and as a researcher at City of Hope investigating the links between obesity and breast cancer. She earned her PhD and MS in Biological Sciences, and her BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Meghan Maroney

Meghan Maroney is a Senior Policy Associate focusing on school foods. She received her B.S. in Health Science from the University of Miami and her Master of Public Health from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. Prior to joining CSPI, Meghan worked at the Fund for Public Health at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and at the Partnership for a Healthier America during graduate school.

Jessi Silverman

Jessi Silverman is a Policy Associate and the Mark & Sushma Palmer Public Health Advocacy Fellow at CSPI, working to strengthen the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and increase access to healthier food in public places, worksites, and other institutions. She is a registered dietitian, earned her MSPH in Human Nutrition from Johns Hopkins University and holds a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. Prior to joining CSPI, Jessi was a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and completed internships at CSPI, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and MANNA.

Colin Schwartz

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Colin Schwartz, MPP, is Deputy Director of Federal 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.