Global Trade Watch Staff Directory

Lori Wallach: Director, Global Trade Watch
Matthew Groch: Deputy Director
Ryan Harvey: National Field Director
JaRel Clay: Social Media and Digital Director
Vilas Pathikonda, Research Director
Melanie Foley: International Campaigns Coordinator
Andi Petrovic: Field Organizer
Sally King: Digital Program Associate

Lori Wallach, Director, Global Trade Watch

Lori Wallach is the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. A 25-year veteran of congressional trade battles starting with the 1990s fight over NAFTA, she was named to the “Politico’s 50” list of thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016 for her leadership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership debate. Wallach is an internationally recognized expert on trade with experience advocating in Congress and foreign parliaments, trade negotiations, courts, government agencies, the media and in the streets. Dubbed “the Trade Debate’s Guerrilla Warrior” in a National Journal profile and “Ralph Nader with a sense of humor” in a Wall Street Journal profile, she combines a lawyer’s expertise on the terms and outcomes of agreements with insight from the front lines of trade debates. Wallach’s specialty is translating arcane trade issues into accessible language.

Wallach has testified on NAFTA, WTO, and other globalization issues before 30 congressional committees and appeared as a trade commentator on MSNBC, Fox, CNN, ABC, Bloomberg, PBS, NPR and numerous foreign outlets. She has been published and quoted in The New York TimesThe EconomistForbesThe Washington PostUSA Today, the Financial Times, and more. A lawyer who has worked in television news and on political campaigns, Wallach is well-informed about the role trade issues played in the 2016 election and the implications for the Trump presidency and 2018 congressional elections as the voters demand action on trade.

Books she has written on trade include The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority (2013) and Whose Trade Organization? A Comprehensive Guide to the WTO (2004) and she has contributed to numerous anthologies. She was recently one of three panelists, alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the C-20 Summit titled “Civil 20 Dialogue with the G20 Presidency” which addressed the most pressing globalization challenges of the 2017 G20 Summit.

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 is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School.

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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.

Ryan Harvey, National Field Director

Ryan Harvey comes to Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch with twenty years of experience in grassroots organizing, arts activism and independent journalism. A musician, writer, label-manager and public speaker, Harvey carries a deep understanding of global politics that is evident in his music and writings, as well as in his creative styles of organizing. He co-founded several organizations including the Riot-Folk Collective (2004), the anti-war Civilian-Soldier Alliance (2006), Firebrand Records (2015) and Rebel Lens (2017). Harvey resides in his hometown of Baltimore, Md.

JaRel Clay, Social Media and Digital Director

JaRel Clay is the Digital Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, where he leads the division’s digital organizing and online strategy efforts. Prior to joining Public Citizen, Clay developed and implemented online engagement and email marketing strategies for the Center for a New American Security, a defense and national security think tank. He also supported the Center’s media relations efforts, securing placements in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Reuters, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. Clay supported the public affairs practice at Edelman, the world’s largest independent public relations agency. He helped carryout public affairs initiatives for Edelman’s energy, automotive and natural resources clients. His op-ed placements often focused on national security and energy policy issues. Clay holds a master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Kent State University.

Vilas Pathikonda, Research Director

Vilas Pathikonda is the Research Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, where he manages the division’s research on an array of trade and globalization issues. Before joining Global Trade Watch, he was Director of Research and Strategy at GoodWeave International, a social enterprise that works to improve labor standards in global supply chains. Prior to that, he was a consultant on international trade at The World Bank, where he published reports on global value chains and industrial policy. Pathikonda started his career in polling and strategic communications. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Duke University and a Master’s in International Economic Policy from Columbia University.

Melanie Foley, International Campaigns Coordinator

As the International Campaigns Coordinator, Melanie Foley helps Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch by implementing outreach and coalition building strategies to bolster the international campaign’s public education work. She joined GTW in the Summer of 2013 as a Legislative Assistant and Scheduler, and has assisted as manager for GTW’s development program and the GTW intern team. 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’s in Public Policy.

Andi Petrovic, Field Organizer

Andi Petrovic is a Field Organizer for Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. She works closely with local and national partners to organize on trade-related issues. Prior to working on the Replace NAFTA campaign, Andi worked on multiple progressive candidate campaigns. She helped launch and manage the National Association of Diverse Consultants. She also served as a summer fellow at Solidarity Strategies and as a congressional intern with the House of Representatives.