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Staff

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, Ph.D.

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.

Social Media Manager
Isang Udokwere

Isang is a D.C.-area native with a diverse creative background. After spending some time in New York working in the music industry, he returned to the Washington area to work on social media for BlackVoices.com, then ventured on to some notable brand strategy firms and “Silicon Hill” start-ups. He is a firm believer in the idea that the world is having a perpetual digital conversation, and that social media is the only way for organizations to participate. When he isn’t creating social media content for EWG, you can likely find Isang at a concert, modern art museum or in a recording studio. 

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.

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