Amanda leads FIC operations. Her work in the program bridges her passion for social justice, public health, and for bringing people together to create meaningful change. Amanda originally went to law school in hopes of “making the world a better place” but soon realized the legal system seemed to be designed to react to problems rather than prevent them. Amanda decided to pursue a different career track and attended the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she found a way to use her legal training as a tool for promoting positive health outcomes. Amanda believes that whistleblowers are the first (and often best) line of defense against wrongdoing in the food system, and when their message is heard and heeded, whistleblowers can play a significant role in stopping abuses to animals, people and the environment.
Launching the organization’s Food Integrity Campaign in 2009, Amanda now tackles multiple issues that emerge from today’s industrial food system. While these are serious topics, Amanda’s humor and her ability to laugh while remaining committed to the mission of truth provides an inspiring setting to motivate the FIC team into action.
Amanda serves on the board of directors for the Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute as well as the International Book Bank. She is a member of both the Maryland and DC state bars.
As FIC’s Counsel, Sarah combines her interest in food and worker rights to protect whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing in the food system. She believes that we need to hold companies accountable and create greater transparency in the food system, both for the benefit of consumers and workers. Sarah decided to become a lawyer to create change and advocate for marginalized groups. Her work with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 32BJ, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), and a private law firm that defends worker rights and labor unions has enabled her to do just that.
Although Sarah’s mom grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, the ability to milk cows was not passed on. Sarah sticks to feeding baby goats when she visits. Her love for anything salty and sweet is exemplified in the chocolate-covered pretzel.
Sarah represents food industry whistleblowers in both the public and private sectors, and practices before the federal courts and administrative agencies. She is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law and holds a B.A. from Stanford University in International Relations with a minor in Human Biology. She is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and New York.