Eyes On Trade Author Biographies
Ben Beachy is Research Director with Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, where he investigates the impacts and implications of US trade policy on jobs, public interest regulation, development, and sovereignty. Before joining Global Trade Watch, Ben analyzed the impacts of US trade, aid, and lending policies in Latin America for six years as a Nicaragua-based policy analyst and as D.C.-based National Organizer for Witness for Peace. He has also worked as a visiting research fellow with Tufts University's Global Development and Environment Institute, investment analyst for the Tellus Institute in Boston, agriculture researcher for ActionAid in India, and labor rights investigator for the Worker Rights Consortium in Central America. Ben’s published articles have focused on post-food crisis trade policy, the impacts of US and IMF policies in Latin America, and new economic indicators to supplement GDP. Ben received a Master in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
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.
Melanie Foley is Global Trade Watch's Program Associate and Intern Manager. She joined the GTW team 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.
Lacey Kohlmoos is the Senior Field Organizer for Global Trade Watch. She has worked across the globe with talented and passionate activists from organizations that include the Tibetan Women’s Association, Coordinadora de Mujeres Campesinas de La Paz (COMUCAP), Women Thrive Worldwide, and the National Democratic Institute. Her initial interest in organizing and advocacy came while spending a year teaching elementary school English in a tiny town in Costa Rica where she leant a hand in organizing the community against the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Immediately prior to joining Global Trade Watch, Lacey worked on the Obama Campaign as an Organizing for America Field Organizer in Pittsburgh, PA. She earned her B.A. in Drama and the Studies of Women and Gender from the University of Virginia and her M.A. in International Development from American University. Lacey loves to travel and will always make time to swap travel stories.
Peter Maybarduk is Access to Medicines Program Director at Public Citizen. In this role he advises governments and civil society groups around the world on their rights to promote universal access to medicines under intellectual property rules. This year Peter's work with partners yielded major HIV/AIDS drug price reductions in Colombia and new state access to medicines policies in Ecuador. Peter's current work focuses in part on protecting competition and access under trade agreements and intellectual property enforcement policies, and on appropriate policy responses to criminally adulterated or falsified medicines. Peter has co-founded and coordinated several volunteer-run advocacy and assistance groups, including International Professional Partnerships for Sierra Leone (IPPSL), dedicated to supporting public sector development in one of the world's least developed countries. Peter studied law at the University of California at Berkeley and anthropology at the College of William and Mary.
Melinda St. Louis is International Campaigns Director with Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, where she works with international allies to roll-back WTO financial deregulation and to stop expansion of harmful trade agreements. Before joining Global Trade Watch, Ms. St. Louis was director of policy and campaigns for Jubilee USA Network, an alliance of 75 organizations dedicated to ending the cycle of crippling debts Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She is the former executive director of Witness for Peace, a national grassroots organization that supports peace, justice and sustainable economies in Latin America and the Caribbean by challenging harmful U.S. military and economic policies in the region. As mid-Atlantic organizer for the Campaign for Labor Rights, she mobilized consumer campaigns in support of workers’ struggles in sweatshops across the globe. Ms. St. Louis has lived and worked in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and currently serves on the boards of the Latin America Working Group and Witness for Peace. She received a M.P.P. in International Policy and Development from Georgetown University.
Alisa A. Simmons is the Deputy Director for Global Trade Watch, where she helps coordinate and manage grassroots, national and international campaigns and robust research and press operations. Alisa has worked on a range of social and economic justice issues, including global trade, worker's rights, LGBT civil rights and voter's rights. She helped organize anti-WTO meetings in Seattle in 1999 and joined an international group of activists for anti-globalization (IMF, World Bank, WTO) protests in Prague in 2000. She has degrees and certificates in sociology, liberal arts, international conflict resolution and non-profit management, but credits her personal development and organizing successes to the countless number of traditionally underrepresented and marginalized people who've taught her how to build power and fight back.
Lori Wallach is the director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. A Harvard-trained lawyer, Wallach has promoted the public interest regarding globalization and international commercial agreements in every forum: Congress and foreign parliaments, the courts, government agencies, and the media. Described as "Ralph Nader with a sense of humor" in a Wall Street Journal profile, "the Trade Debate's Guerrilla Warrior" in the National Journal, and "Madame Defarge of Seattle" by the Institute for International Economics, Wallach has testified on NAFTA, GATT-WTO, and other trade issues before over 30 U.S. congressional committees, numerous other countries’ legislatures, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Wallach’s work in "translating" arcane trade legalese – indeed, entire proposed international commercial agreements – into relevant, accessible prose has had significant national and international impact.