Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D. Executive Director: Mike is the executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest and founder of Food Day. Jacobson is author or co-author of numerous books and reports, including: Six Arguments for a Greener Diet, The Fast-Food Guide, Eater's Digest: The Consumer's Factbook of Food Additives, Liquid Candy, and Salt: The Forgotten Killer. Over the years, he has led campaigns for healthier diets and against trans-fat, salt, soft drinks, olestra, food dyes, and other unhealthy ingredients. Jacobson is the recipient of the Food and Drug Administration's Commissioner's Special Citation and Harvey W. Wiley Medal, the Food Marketing Institute's Esther Peterson Consumer Service Award, and the CDC-Foundation's Hero award.
Lilia Smelkova, Campaign Manager: Lilia worked for Slow Food International in Italy for 10 years and initiated the Slow Food network in Eastern and Central Europe and Canada. She supervised international communications and directed the launch of an international education program that birthed the first European network of sustainable school cafeterias. Lilia holds a Master's in languages from Turin University in Italy (she is fluent in Italian, Russian, and English), a Master's in environment and development from King's College London, and a certificate in environmental management from UC Berkeley, where she co-authored a nutrition education study. Email Lilia Smelkova.
Catherine Kastleman, Project Coordinator: Catherine joined the Food Day team as a Project Coordinator in May of 2011. She came to CSPI after finishing her undergraduate degree in American Studies with a concentration in Food, Health, and Environment at Yale University. As an undergraduate, Catherine was an employee of the Yale Sustainable Food Project, which helped to spark her interest in sustainable farming systems. After graduation she spent several months working on organic farms in France and then as an EBT/SNAP outreach coordinator at her hometown farmers' market in Carrboro, North Carolina. Email Catherine Kastleman.
Nicole McCann, Project Coordinator: Prior to joining Food Day in July of 2013, Nicole served as program coordinator at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine where she managed the logistics to run the Food for Life nutrition and cooking classes program in the U.S. and 13 countries. Prior to that, Nicole served as a research intern at Food & Water Watch, a policy intern at the Sierra Club, and a campus organizer and canvass director for USPIRG. Before relocating to D.C., she was a project administrator at the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and taught English in France and Japan. Nicole earned a Masters in Global Environmental Policy from American University and her background includes advocating the health and environmental benefits of local and sustainable food systems. Email Nicole McCann.
Emily Caras, Project Assistant: Emily joined the Food Day team as Project Assistant in August of 2013. Prior to this, Emily worked on CSPI's Nutrition Action Healthletter researching and compiling information for Brand-Name Ratings and other articles. Emily earned a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University in 2010. She completed the Cornell Dietetic Internship in 2011, and is a Registered Dietitian. Emily is a member of the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area Dietetic Association (DCMADA). Email Emily Caras.