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Manager Foundations Relations
Nicole Ferox

Nicole works in the Online Engagement and Fundraising department, writing and managing content for EWG's grant funders. Nicole has spent the bulk of her career as a web copywriter and digital marketing specialist. She is also the co-founder of a regional parenting magazine. Nicole has a BS in Psychology and an MBA from Washington State University.

Graphic Designer
Tiffany Follin

Tiffany graduated from George Mason University with a BFA in graphic design. Before coming to EWG, she worked as a graphic designer and art teacher for Young Rembrandts. Her passions for environmental issues, as well as for great design, led her to EWG. Born in Germany and raised in England, she enjoys traveling and trying new types of food. 

When not at work she can often be found swing dancing, reading and creating art. 

Database Analyst
Samara Geller

A native New Yorker and former chef, Samara left restaurant kitchens behind to delve into toxics reduction advocacy and pursue her education in environmental health science and policy. In addition to an Associated of Applied Science degree in culinary arts, she holds a B.S. in conservation and resource studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Samara is passionate about her work on the growth and development of EWG’s online consumer guides and databases, from cleaning products to cosmetics, in order to raise awareness and influence progressive, market-level change. Out of the office, she can be spotted skiing, cooking, catering for friends and family and dabbling in the fine art of buying and selling antiques and vintage collectibles. 

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. 

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. 

Senior Analyst
Sonya Lunder

Sonya holds a Masters of Public Health in environmental health sciences from UC-Berkeley. Prior to joining EWG in 2002, Sonya managed a community health intervention at a Superfund site and worked on epidemiology studies at California's Environmental Health Investigations Branch. Sonya's research at EWG focuses on toxic chemicals in food, water, air and consumer products. During her tenure at EWG Sonya has personally field-tested dozens of EWG-rated sunscreens on herself and two sons.

Agriculture Conservation & Environment Analyst
Wicitra Mahotama

Wicitra joined EWG as an Agriculture Conservation and Environmental Analyst in 2016. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science. After graduating in May 2015, he interned with Iowa State University‘s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Support and Research facility, where he developed his technical background in GIS. Later, he further developed his GIS expertise while interning with EWG’s GIS team in Ames, Iowa. In his free time, Wicitra enjoys practicing his culinary skills guided by Gordon Ramsey’s Youtube channel, weekend trips to state parks across Iowa, and playing FIFA 14. 

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.

GIS Analyst
Andy Meyer

Born and raised in Minnesota, Andy grew up with a love for the environment and a deep belief in good stewardship. He spends much of his time outdoors camping, canoeing and hunting. His passion for the natural world led him to study at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geography specializing in Geographic Information Science (GIS). He then worked as an analyst for a precision agriculture company, using GIS to help farmers be better stewards of the land. He later joined a water resources organization as a GIS specialist focusing on watershed and terrain analysis to improve water quality and soil health. At EWG, Andy hopes to use mapping and spatial statistics to help improve the environment for everyone to enjoy. 

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
Olga Naidenko

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. 

Agriculture Policy Director
Colin O’Neil

As EWG’s Agriculture Policy 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.

Senior Database Analyst
Paul Pestano

A native of the Philippines, Paul emigrated to California at the age of 14. He joined the EWG’s research team after earning a B.S. in biochemistry and an M.S. in physiology at Georgetown University. He is a huge Hoyas fan and enjoys hiking, running, and snowboarding.

Staff Accountant
Nicole Price

Nicole joined EWG in August 2015, bringing more than 10 years of non-profit finance, accounting, human resources and operations experience. She served most recently as staff accountant and procurement specialist for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Nicole is enthusiastic about EWG’s policy, consumer advocacy and education missions regarding healthy food, products, people and the environment. She attributes her passion for supporting science and environmental projects to growing up near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, enjoying time at the beach, swimming, boating and sailing, as well as an interest in the critters that live there. Nicole also enjoys organic gardening, theater, reading non-fiction and spending time with her longtime partner, their puppy and three cats. She holds a B.A. in government and politics, with a minor in philosophy, from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she focused on political philosophy and American politics.

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!  

Assistant General Counsel
Tina Sigurdson

Tina Sigurdson holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in international studies from the University of Washington.

She analyzes legislative and regulatory proposals and explains their real-world impact to inform the public and policymakers about green policy choices.  She specializes in chemical policy, food and cosmetics law.  

Tina provides legal support to EWG's operations and consumer education activities.  She enjoys working with other EWG experts to help individuals make smart choices for themselves and their families and to encourage companies to provide healthier options.

Copy Editor
Rachel Smilan-Goldstein

In December 2015, Rachel graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in Women’s Studies. During her senior year, Rachel served as the managing director of The GW Hatchet and completed a special honors thesis, for which she analyzed the framing of the American feminist movement in mainstream news over the past 50 years. As EWG’s copy editor, she combines her passions for grammar, AP Style and sustainable eating. Rachel enjoys ballet classes, farmers markets, concerts and book clubs in her free time. 

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.

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.