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.
Emily Caras, Project Coordinator: Emily joined the Food Day team 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.