Global Trade Watch Staff Directory

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.

Rose Espinola, National Field Director

Rose Espinola is National Field Director for Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. Rose gets winning: She’s been an organizer on successful campaigns ranging from unionization fights to fossil fuel divestment. She first started organizing with el Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan (MEChA), and has organized with Unite Here, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, School of Americas Watch, New Organizing Institute, and local women’s circles. Most recently, Rose managed Planned Parenthood’s Latinx field program and served as Virginia State Field Director for the Bernie campaign. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a B.A. in Latin American and Latinx Studies. While at Penn, she also completed coursework at Wharton Business School and studied abroad at the University of Havana.

Justin Fisk, Senior Researcher

Justin Fisk is the Senior Researcher for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch where he leads research efforts on international trade developments. Prior to joining Global Trade Watch, Fisk was the policy associate of federal and international affairs at the Council of State Governments, the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. There, he assisted states in improving their export promotion programs designed to help small businesses export. Fisk has also held a variety of full-time internships at the trade law firm Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg; the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee at the Department of Commerce; the Office of Western Hemisphere at the United States Trade Representative’s Office; and the Technology and Public Policy Program and the Center for International and Strategic Studies. Fisk is a graduate of The George Washington University where he obtained a Master’s in International Affairs. He earned his B.A. at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia.

Elias Flamenco Rivera, Program Associate

Elias is the Program Associate for Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. Prior to joining GTW, Elias served as Programs Associate for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), a nonprofit affiliated with the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win federation where he worked on various issue-based campaigns for the betterment of working families, such as civic participation and workers’ rights. In 2015, he was selected as Public Policy Fellow by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. As a Public Policy Fellow, Elias worked at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs for the first half of his fellowship and at the Office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen for the second half. During his time at the Commission, Elias worked on a variety of human rights and assisted with the planning and execution of congressional briefings and hearings, as well assisting with legislative and constituent relations. He attended Towson University, where he earned a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Anthropology.

Melanie Foley, International Program Associate

As the International Program Associate, Melanie Foley helps Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch by implementing outreach and coalition building plans 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.

Nikki Chiappa, Field Organizer

As a Field Organizer at Global Trade Watch, Nikki Chiappa helps mobilize grass roots activists across the country to promote fair trade in their communities. Previously she campaigned on Virginia State Senate campaigns, and worked as a legislative intern in the Virginia House of Delegates. She is currently a student at American University, majoring in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government with a minor in Public Health.