Mike Lavender joined EWG this year. He works to improve federal food and farm policy, and a host of other important issues important to EWG and its supporters. Prior to joining EWG, Mike was a legislative aide for Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wisc., focusing on agriculture policy, food safety, nutrition and Congressional appropriations. He has worked on several federal election campaigns. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Mich., he graduated from Marquette University in 2009 with a double major in American history and French. In his free time he enjoys hiking, camping, playing basketball, and cooking.