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Staff

Stabile Law Fellow
Emily Griffith

Emily, a native of California, is EWG’s current Stabile Law Fellow. She works on issues surrounding government regulations and consumer protection advocacy, and provides support to the in-house counsel. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in May 2017 with a focus on environmental law. Deeply committed to environmental and community resilience, she worked as a policy analyst with the Georgetown Climate Center, served as chair of the Equal Justice Foundation, was president of the Georgetown Environmental Law Society, and interned with the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as several public interest groups, while attending Georgetown. Emily holds a B.A. in global studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. When not at EWG, Emily is likely riding her bike around the city in search of tasty menus and obscure photo ops, or planning her next backpacking trip to the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Administrative Assistant
Jared Hayes

Originally from Western Massachusetts, Jared received a B.A. in International Affairs from Manhattan College, with a minor in Government. After graduating, Jared volunteered with various Massachusetts-based veterans’ charities as a fundraising event organizer. Prior to joining the EWG team, he interned on Capitol Hill for Rep. Jim McGovern. During his free time, Jared is usually found cooking, exploring the city, bartending and camping when possible. 

General Counsel
Caroline Leary

Caroline oversees EWG’s legal matters on a range of topics relating to contracts, employment, intellectual property and nonprofit tax. Prior to joining EWG, Caroline was a senior associate at a Washington, D.C., law firm where she sued government agencies for arbitrary, capricious and unlawful actions, and represented businesses and nonprofit organizations in corporate governance and contract matters. A South Carolina native, Caroline received her B.A. from the University of South Carolina and J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law. After graduating law school, she clerked for the Honorable Daniel F. Pieper at the South Carolina Court of Appeals. In her free time, Caroline enjoys running, listening to podcasts and Gamecock football.  

Senior Advocate, California Government Affairs
Susan Little

Susan began her career organizing grassroots campaigns concerning the wars in Central America, and later became a district aide for a California state senator and several members of Congress. As a district aide, she managed legislators’ local projects and efforts to expand public parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

After working locally, Susan moved to Sacramento to serve as a legislative consultant for Assembly Member Fran Pavley, and worked to enact environmental and toxics-related proposals, such as a ban on lead in jewelry, and mercury in thermostats and vaccines. Susan then joined the Speaker of the Assembly’s team and eventually became the Director of the Speaker’s Office of Research and Floor Analysis, a unit that publishes analyses of all legislation considered by the State Assembly.

Susan has a master’s degree in public administration, and studied international development at the University of Uppsala, in Sweden. She loves to camp, and lives with her teenage daughter, one dog and two cats – and she remotely supervises her son’s college education.

Digital Marketing Associate
Helen Lucey

Helen Lucey graduated from Hamilton College in 2013 with a concentration in government and minor in German studies. A Wisconsin native, Helen grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and developed a passion for kayaking, camping and hiking. Her love of the outdoors led her to work at EWG. Outside of work she enjoys brewing her own beer, cheering on the Packers and travelling. 

Development Associate
Aya Matsumoto

Aya graduated in 2012 from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied Middle Eastern Politics and Comparative Religions and was captain of the college equestrian team. She joined EWG in 2013 as an intern and is excited to be joining the Development team full-time! Aya hails from southern California, where smog and annual forest fires taught her very early to pay attention to the environment. When not at work, she can generally be found wandering in Rock Creek Park and petting animals.

Administrative Assistant
Iris Myers

Hailing from Minnesota, Iris is a Wagner College graduate with a B.A. in International Affairs and a minor in Biology. Her interests in political science and environmental issues made EWG a perfect fit. In her free time she enjoys traveling, singing, playing her trumpet, and petting any dog she comes into contact with.

Senior Science Advisor for Children's Environmental Health
Olga Naidenko Ph.D.

After graduating as a valedictorian from Colgate University in 1995, Olga started her Ph.D. training at the University of California at Los Angeles. Her doctoral studies focused on the molecular basis of immune defense against infectious disease and cancer. During her graduate and postdoctoral research, Olga co-authored and published over two dozen peer-reviewed papers. From 2007 to 2012, Olga served as a senior scientist at EWG, working to advance public policies to reduce Americans’ exposures to toxic chemicals. At EWG, Olga conducted groundbreaking studies and testified at federal and California legislative hearings about EWG’s research on electromagnetic radiation and children’s health. From 2014 to 2016, Olga held a prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science policy fellowship. As a AAAS Science & Technology Policy fellow, Olga worked at the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water, focusing on climate change and water quality standards. In 2016, Olga returned to EWG as a Senior Science Advisor, spearheading EWG’s research efforts on children’s environmental health under the Jonas Initiative. 

Legislative Director
Colin O’Neil

As EWG’s Legislative Director, Colin focuses on a wide array of matters related to food and farm policy. He regularly meets with members of Congress and their staffs on agricultural policy issues including crop insurance, farm subsidies, conservation programs, food labeling, organic and sustainable farming and biofuels. Prior to joining EWG, Colin served as Director of Government Affairs at the Center for Food Safety. He has appeared or been quoted in a variety of media outlets, including NBC’s Meet the Press, Politico, the Today show, Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, Reuters and Fox News. Colin graduated magna cum laude from Beloit College in Wisconsin and is an avid outdoorsman.

Art Director
Katie Peacor

Katie was born in San Diego and moved to Washington D.C. when she was five years old. Missing California, when the time came to apply to college she decided to return to the west coast, or as close to it as she could. She attended New Mexico State University, where she played golf and studied marketing. She returned to Washington to attend the Art Institute and got a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. After graduation she worked at Fathom Creative before taking her position at EWG, where she loves hearing her colleagues ask, “Can you make this pretty?” Katie enjoys travelling, playing softball and golf with her friends and going to as many concerts as possible.

Web Developer
Alex Perkins

A D.C. native, Alex received a BFA in Film from the University of Colorado. After graduating, he worked on HBO’s “The Wire” in Baltimore, Md. Realizing that there was not much film work in this part of the country, he transitioned to a career in IT. Before joining EWG, he decided to narrow his focus to web development, completing an immersive front-end engineering program at The Iron Yard’s D.C. campus. When not working, he is probably watching or reading about old movies, or wishing he was on a boat somewhere.

Director of Consumer Database Architecture
Sean Perrone-Gray

Sean compiles and analyzes the underlying data for many of EWG’s consumer guides, including Food Scores, Skin Deep®, the sunscreen guide and the Guide to Healthy Cleaning. Before joining EWG, he studied climate dynamics at Yale and the University of Maryland. He graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in mathematics. He currently resides in Clinton, Conn., and serves in volunteer roles for his church and local Cub Pack. His five children, backyard chickens and dog motivate Sean’s work for EWG toward a healthier, safer future.

Associate Database Analyst
Kali Rauhe

Kali graduated in 2017 from George Mason University with a B.S. in environmental science and policy, with a concentration in ecological science. During her undergraduate career she worked as a research assistant for the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center, studying the overall ecological quality of the Potomac River. Prior to joining the EWG team, Kali worked as a naturalist for the city of Alexandria, Va., where she led environmental education programs for the community. Kali grew up in southern New Jersey on a small farm where she spent numerous hours outdoors learning about the environment and developing a lifelong passion to preserve it. Kali enjoys cooking different vegetarian cuisines, traveling, and hiking. These passions led her to complete the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain, hiking over 500 miles.

Development Administrative Assistant
Hanna Rhodes

A native Marylander, Hanna graduated in 2013 from McDaniel College with a B.A. in sociology as well as minors in environmental studies and urban and community studies. Prior to joining EWG she worked at a café and as a major gifts intern at UNICEF. Her interest in sustainable and green living led her on a month-long trip to New Mexico, where she worked building sustainable housing as an intern at Earthship Biotecture. Hanna loves spending time with her family by the Chesapeake Bay and exploring unique spots in Washington D.C. with her friends. She also enjoys cooking, always with a touch of Old Bay – she stays true to her Maryland roots!  

Senior Energy Policy Advisor
Grant Smith

Grant began his career in consumer advocacy and environmental protection in the early 1980s at the Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana. After graduate school, he returned to CAC as environmental coordinator, concentrating on industrial toxics and agricultural issues. Later, he was the group’s energy director and he eventually became executive director. During his 30-year tenure at CAC, Grant assumed many roles: lobbying, researching and writing, drafting legislation, organizing on local and state issues, fundraising, serving as a spokesperson for the organization, and managing staff.  Upon leaving CAC in 2011, Grant worked for the Civil Society Institute in Newton, Mass., where he lent his expertise on issues related to the electric power sector. He joined EWG in 2017. 

Senior Scientist
Tasha Stoiber

Tasha, a native Minnesotan, puts her science background to work protecting human health and the environment. She holds dual bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences and environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University. She worked as an environmental engineer for three years before returning to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry & technology. Following graduation, Tasha moved to the San Francisco bay Area for a post-doctoral position studying the ecotoxicology of nanoparticles at the University of California-Davis and the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park.. She is the author of six peer-reviewed journal publications and joined EWG’s Oakland office in 2014. Tasha says growing up in the Northwoods shaped her character and inspired her sense of environmental stewardship. She definitely enjoys the California sunshine but has recurring dreams of shoveling snow.

Associate Database Analyst
Sydney Swanson

Born and raised in San Diego, Sydney wanted a college as close to the beach as possible and attended the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, she received her B.S. in psychobiology with a focus in conservation biology and was involved with numerous on and off campus organizations. During her academic career, she worked as a research assistant in both the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Research Lab and the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. 

 

After graduating, Sydney moved to Washington, D.C, and become an official East Coaster. She is extremely passionate about both human health and the environment, and was drawn to EWG because of its mission to encourage people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. Sydney is stoked to be a part of EWG’s research team and assist on its consumer guides and databases. When not at work, you can find her spending time outdoors, soaking up all the sun she can before hibernating for the non-California winter. Sydney is a fan of scuba diving, collecting vinyl records, binge watching Harry Potter, and obsessing over all animals, especially llamas.

Toxicologist
Alexis Temkin

Originally from Chappaqua, N.Y., Alexis recently moved to Washington, D.C., to join the investigative science team at Environmental Working Group. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Connecticut College in 2010. Alexis began her research career at Columbia University Medical Center, working as a lab technician studying the molecular mechanisms responsible for environmental influence on gene regulation. She then moved to beautiful Charleston, S.C., to attend the Medical University of South Carolina, where she earned a Ph.D. in marine biomedicine and environmental sciences. She studied how exposure to environmental chemicals during development can influence adult disease, specifically obesity and metabolic syndrome. In her spare time, you can probably find Lexi in a yoga studio, exploring the closest outdoor park, attending a dance performance or cooking vegetables.

Nutritionist
Dawn Undurraga

Dawn has witnessed first-hand how our current food system affects people's lives, and she is committed to shaping policies for a more sustainable and healthful future, informed by research. She came to EWG from a community health center in Boston, where she proudly served as an Albert Schweitzer fellow. Previously she interned at the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion during the formulation of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, helped prepare and promote healthy school meals at D.C. Central Kitchen and worked on both clinical and epidemiological cancer studies in California. She holds an M.S. in nutrition communication from Tufts University and a B.S. in nutritional sciences and toxicology from UC Berkeley. After hours, Dawn can be found chasing after her son or teaching nutrition or kids "cooking" classes.  

Digital Journalist
Emily Wathen

A graduate of Syracuse University and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Emily has a background in film production, photography and transmedia. Emily co-produced the documentary feature, PROJECT: ICE, a film that examines changing ice levels on the Great Lakes. Her work has been featured at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C., the Canada International Film Festival, Freep Film Festival, and others. Emily previously worked with the communications teams at the Center for American Progress and EarthShare and has independently produced multimedia projects for organizations including Johns Hopkins, USAID, and the National Democratic Institute. Emily creates original video and digital media for EWG and is based in the Washington, D.C. office.

Senior Analyst, Economics
Anne Weir Schechinger

Born outside Ann Arbor, Mich., Anne earned a B.A. in Economics at Kalamazoo College and a Masters of Science in Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. After graduation she worked as supply planning analyst for DuPont prior to joining EWG. Anne is a fervent animal lover who enjoys volunteering with the local Animal Rescue League. She also enjoys hiking, playing golf and tennis and cheering on the Michigan State Spartans.

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