Protecting Food. Empowering Whistleblowers.

Staff

Amanda Hitt

Amanda Hitt

Director

 AmandaH@whistleblower.org
 202-457-0034 x159

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.

Sally Lee

Sally Lee

Deputy Director of Rural Partnerships

 sallyl@whistleblower.org
 984-245-5922

As Deputy Director of Rural Partnerships, Sally’s work strengthens FIC’s connections with farmers, impacted communities and rural grassroots organizations. She draws on her background as a farmer organizer to help FIC investigate critical issues in agriculture and support whistleblowers standing up for fairness and justice in our food system. Prior to joining FIC in 2020, Sally worked with contract livestock producers across the southeast to advocate for farmers’ rights in contracts with big agribusiness. She has also worked at the international level, developing indicators for social justice in food and agriculture businesses. Consistent in her career is her commitment to fairness and the belief that better solutions in agriculture are possible. Sally holds a Masters in International Rural Development and Agricultural Economics from the University of Gent in Belgium, and a certificate in Agricultural Business Management from NC State University. She graduated with Honors from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Anthropology.

Briana Steele

Briana Steele

Digital Platforms Coordinator

Briana is the Digital Platforms Coordinator Fellow with FIC. In her role, she coordinates FIC’s digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Briana is passionate about listening to and lifting up the stories and voices of people and communities speaking truth to power and speaking truth to the public. She is thrilled to be amplifying issues such as worker rights, animal welfare, transparency, food safety and environment in the digital realm to support FIC’s mission. She loves learning how to better communicate the interconnections between social, political, economic, and environmental issues.

She has previous experience working for organizations focused on climate education, empowering youth voices in the climate movement, and national organizing to broaden grassroots activism around environmental issue campaigns to hold public officials accountable. Briana graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Environmental Studies, concentrating on energy and sustainability, and minored in Afro-American and Afro-Diaspora Studies.

Adam Arnold

Adam Arnold

FIC and Environmental Investigator

 adama@whistleblower.org

Adam investigates waste, fraud, and wrongdoing in the food industry. His investigations span across the country. In his travels, he helps whistleblowers tell their stories as they seek justice. Adam studied law at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), where he first worked with the Government Accountability Project in the school’s clinical program. He embraced Government Accountability Project’s mission, and interned for a summer with Government Accountability Project Legal Director Tom Devine. After graduating from UDC in 2014, Adam was admitted to the Maryland Bar. He completed his LL.M. in International Environmental Law and International Organizations at American University in the spring of 2015.

Gabrielle Simeck

Gabrielle Simeck

Communications Associate

 gabrielles@whistleblower.org
 202-457-0034 x 150

Gabrielle serves as a Communications & Research Associate, where she assists FIC with running the organization’s presence in the media, online, and with supporters by developing and implementing messaging with its various initiatives.

Originally, Gabrielle joined FIC in 2018 as a member of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps serving at Government Accountability Project as the communications associate and intern coordinator. She now works as a Communications & Research Associate.

Gabrielle graduated summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in 2018 with degrees in Political Science and French and is a Phi Beta Kappa member. While at St. Olaf, she studied international relations and non-violent resistance and conducted comparative research on whistleblowers. She is interested in the intersection of human rights and international law as well as whistleblowing as a form of non-violent resistance. As a French major, Gabrielle studied in Paris and Rennes, France. She continued her international studies at the University of Oslo as a 2017 Peace Scholar.

Anna Levy

Research Fellow

Anna Levy is a freelance researcher and analyst focused on structural inequality, political and technological transitions, and accountability politics. She originally came to Government Accountability Project as the 2018 Getulio P. Carvalho Fellow focused on defining dissent, and responses to it, in the international development and humanitarian aid industry. Her work over the last ten years has been focused on environmental and social movements, the political economy of poverty and development, the production of statelessness, border and migration crises, and overcoming historical legacies of structural inequality. She has also focused on shifting models of collective and civic action, political violence, journalism, urban service delivery, and anti-corruption efforts in the digital age. Anna teaches two courses on development and humanitarian politics at Fordham University, and has worked on related research and analysis at Princeton, American, and New York Universities as well as in management and advisory roles in small grassroots coalitions and large transnational non-profits alike. The regions that most influence her thinking, work, and direction are the Levantine Middle East, Central America, and North America. She holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs focused on political and economic transitions, oral history, and historical memory.

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