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.
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. Emily earned a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University, and completed the Cornell Dietetic Internship. She is a Registered Dietitian, and a member of the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area Dietetic Association (DCMADA). Email Emily Caras.
John Maleri, Project Coordinator: John joined the Food Day team in May of 2014. Prior to this, John served as Associate Director for Earth Day at Earth Day Network (EDN) where he was responsible for directing international and domestic outreach to international organizations, educational systems, and government bodies Earth Day each year. John planned, implemented and reviewed programs and efforts that could help expand the reach of Earth Day. John earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Providence College. Email John Maleri