Protecting Food. Empowering Whistleblowers.

Staff

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.

Sarah Borron

Senior Program Officer

 sarahb@whistleblower.org
 202-457-0034 x 157

In her capacity as Senior Program Officer, Sarah represents Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign before Congress, federal agencies, and various stakeholders. She researches and advocates on legislative and regulatory issues related to food integrity, creates content such as op-eds and educational materials, and assists in whistleblower investigations. She works with an array of food integrity, worker justice, and whistleblower coalitions to advance policy goals.

Sarah graduated from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy with an M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment and Denison University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies.

She joins FIC with seven years’ experience as a public interest researcher covering the negative environmental and health effects of industrial food animal agriculture as well as experience in advocacy, program development, and management in anti-hunger and community food systems non-profit organizations.

Sarah lives in the DC metro area, where she enjoys exploring local green space and farmers markets with her family. She also creates modern quilts as a hobby.

Adam Arnold

FIC and Environmental Investigator

 arnold.cspw@gmail.com

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

Communications Associate

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

Gabrielle serves as a Communications 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.

Gabrielle joins FIC as a member of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps serving at Government Accountability Project as the communications associate and intern coordinator.

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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