Create a Fellowship Position at CSPI


Please contact Jane Welna at to discuss setting up a named fellowship that furthers the mission of CSPI.

Thank you to Dr. Sushma Palmer for her generous commitment of $250,000 to create the Mark & Sushma Palmer Public Health Advocacy Fellowship at CSPI.  For five years, CSPI is hosting an advocate who will gain valuable skills while promoting nutrition, public health, and citizen advocacy. 

CSPI’s current fellow is Jessi Silverman. Jessi coordinates CSPI's advocacy 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 and holds an MSPH in Human Nutrition from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. Prior to joining the CSPI staff, 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.

Current Palmer Fellow Jessi Silverman.

During her time as a fellow, Jessi has worked closely with senior staff to:

  • Disseminate the toolkit she authored, A Roadmap for Comprehensive Food Service Guidelines, to promote healthier food for public places and institutions in communities nationwide
  • Develop advocacy materials to ensure science-based dietary advice for pregnant and lactating women, infants, and toddlers in the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • Translate scientific evidence on the health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages into policy recommendations


Dr. Palmer served as Director of the US National Academy of Sciences' Food and Nutrition Board and, prior to that, Project Director with its Board on Toxicology and Environmental Health Hazards.She is the founder of the Center for Communications, Health, and the Environment (CECHE), a nonprofit dedicated to assisting under-served communities in the US and developing nations by initiating, coordinating and supporting programs to improve health and alleviate the adverse health effects of environmental pollution. Dr. Palmer has 30 years of international experience including research, teaching, and program design and management in the United States, India, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Ukraine. She has served on CSPI’s board of directors since 2001.