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Global Trade Watch Staff Directory
  • Lori Wallach: Director, Global Trade Watch
  • Matthew Groch: Deputy Director
  • Melinda St. Louis: International Campaigns Director
  • Jessa Boehner: International Program Associate
  • Nick Florko: Communications Officer
  • Melanie Foley: Program Associate and Intern Manager
  • Mina Itabashi: Lead TPP Organizer
  • Evan Ottenfeldr: Online Program Associate
  • Chris Tebsherany: Legislative Assistant and Scheduler

  • Lori Wallach, Director, Global Trade Watch

    Lori Wallach has promoted the public interest regarding globalization and international commercial agreements in every forum: Congress and foreign parliaments, the courts, government agencies, the media, and the streets. Described as "Ralph Nader with a sense of humor" in a Wall Street Journal profile and dubbed "the Trade Debate's Guerrilla Warrior" in a National Journal profile, for 20 years Wallach has played a prominent role in the United States and internationally in the roiling debate over the terms of globalization. With a lawyer's expertise in the terms and outcomes of trade agreements, she has testified on NAFTA, WTO, and other globalization issues before 30 U.S. congressional committees, been a trade commentator on MSNBC, CNN, ABC, Fox, CNBC, C-SPAN, Bloomberg, PBS, NPR and numerous foreign outlets, and been published and quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Forbes, The Washington Post, USA Today, the Financial Times, and more. As a relentless campaigner, Wallach has played an important role in creating public debate and supporting public activism about the implications of different models of globalization on jobs, livelihoods, and wages; the environment; public health and safety; and democratically accountable governance. Her most recent book is The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority (2013). She also wrote Whose Trade Organization? A Comprehensive Guide to the WTO (2004) and has contributed to numerous anthologies. Wallach's work in "translating" arcane trade legalese – indeed, entire trade agreements – into relevant, accessible prose and connecting people's lived experiences with pacts' legal requirements, has helped empower more diverse participation in trade and globalization discussions. In 1993, Wallach was a founder of the Citizens Trade Campaign, a U.S. national coalition of consumer, labor, environmental, family farm, religious, and civil rights groups representing over 11 million Americans, and serves on its board. Wallach, a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, previously worked on Capitol Hill, on electoral campaigns, and in television news.

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    Matthew Groch, Deputy Director

    Matthew Groch is Deputy Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. After graduating, Groch held a variety of positions in the House of Representatives for a Democratic Member of Congress and worked on several federal campaigns. Prior to joining Public Citizen, he was Vice President of TruBlu Politics, a Democratic direct-mail and campaign consulting firm. In addition to his campaign and consulting experience, Groch served as Project Coordinator to Dr. Stanley Greenberg, CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, one of the world's premier opinion research and strategic consulting firms. There he assisted with public opinion research projects for campaigns and clients all over the globe while coordinating the production of Dr. Greenberg and James Carville's New York Times Best Seller It's the Middle Class Stupid! Groch graduated Summa Cum Laude from Drew University in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science.

    Melinda St. Louis, Director of International Campaigns

    Melinda St. Louis is International Campaigns Director with Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. She monitors U.S. trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization, as well as regional and bilateral trade and investment talks, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and coordinates with civil society partners around the globe to promote the public interest in the context of international commercial and investment agreements. Prior to joining Public Citizen, for more than a decade, St. Louis was a leading advocate and campaigner on global economic justice issues, playing leadership roles in the Jubilee USA Network, Witness for Peace, and the Campaign for Labor Rights, among other grassroots advocacy organizations. St. Louis has lived and worked in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Latin America Working Group. She received an M.P.P. in International Policy and Development from Georgetown University.

    Jessa Boehner, International Program Associate

    Jessa Boehner is International Program Associate for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, where she assists the international campaigns director with GTW's international program work. She first joined Global Trade Watch's full-time staff in July of 2011 as a Legislative Assistant/Scheduler. Previously, she coordinated a bilingual educational enrichment program in her hometown of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate intern at Global Trade Watch, she had the opportunity to star in a video highlighting the issue of tax havens in Panama that was featured on the front page of The Huffington Post. Boehner has also volunteered with Fundacion Origen, an organization working in solidarity with the indigenous population in Puebla, Mexico. She earned a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in the Spanish language from American University.

    Nick Florko, Communications Officer

    Nick Florko is a Communications Officer for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, where he works with the media to elevate the voices of civil society and workers above those of corporate interests. Prior to joining Global Trade Watch, he worked as an organizer at Change to Win, where he took part in nationwide worker organizing campaigns, including the Fight for $15. As an undergraduate intern at Global Trade Watch, he organized coalitions throughout the country, including in his home of Long Island, New York. He earned a B.A. in International Studies and Sociology from American University, as well as an Undergraduate Certificate in Labor Studies from the CUNY School of Professional Studies. He has also studied both Spanish and French in Chile and France, respectively.

    Melanie Foley, Program Associate and Intern Manager

    Melanie Foley is Global Trade Watch's Program Associate and Intern Manager. She writes our action alerts, manages development and the GTW intern team, and more. She joined GTW in the Summer of 2013 as a Legislative Assistant and Scheduler. Before that, as a Legislative Policy and Research Assistant for the environmental non-profit, Appalachian Voices, she educated congressional offices and wrote extensively on big coal's efforts to subvert regulatory measures against mountaintop removal coal mining. During college, she worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative intern, and on the Potomac River as an outdoor adventure sports instructor. She attended the University of Maryland, where she earned a B.A. in Government and Politics and a Master in Public Policy.

    Mina Itabashi, Lead TPP Organizer

    Mina Itabashi is the Lead TPP Organizer for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. She has roots in East and Southeast Asia, and this fuels her passion to organize against unfair trade policies in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Prior to joining Global Trade Watch, she organized in union campaigns for public sector work contracted out to private companies. Through this, she met inspiring worker leaders who taught her the strength of collective power. Mina also gained coalition building experience at Forward Together in Oakland, CA, where she campaigned to change policy and resource allocation to reflect the realities of all families – across generation, race, gender, immigration status and sexuality. She earned a B.A. in Political Science at Swarthmore College, where she organized with her peers to demand for institutional accountability and a campus where all students can thrive.

    Evan Ottenfeld, Online Program Associate

    Evan Ottenfeld is Online Program Associate for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. He joined GTW in 2014 as a Legislative Assistant and Scheduler. Before that, he worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative intern, as well as at a Congressional District Office in Illinois where he was the District Director intern. He was also the administration and programs intern at RefugeeOne, a refugee placement organization in Chicago, where he worked on projects with the Board of Directors and the Executive Director. He attended Indiana University, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish, and studied abroad for an academic year in Madrid, Spain.

    Chris Tebsherany, Legislative Assistant and Scheduler

    Chris Tebsherany is Legislative Assistant and Scheduler for Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. Before joining GTW, he worked at a prominent strategic communications firm, as well as on Congressional campaigns, and as an intern in a Congressional District Office in his home state of New York. He attended Northeastern University in Boston, where he graduated with a B.A. in International Affairs and Political Science.

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