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Global Trade Watch Staff Directory
  • Ben Beachy: Research Director
  • Miranda Becker: Program Associate
  • Jessa Boehner: International Program Associate
  • Melanie Foley: Program Associate and Intern Manager
  • Patrick Gleeson: Trade and Policy Researcher
  • Mina Itabashi: "Stop Fast Track" Field Organizer
  • Lacey Kohlmoos: Senior Field Organizer
  • Melinda St. Louis: International Campaigns Director
  • Evan Ottenfeld: Legislative Assistant and Scheduler
  • Alisa Simmons: Deputy Director
  • Lori Wallach: Director, Global Trade Watch


    Ben Beachy, Research Director

    Ben Beachy is Research Director with Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. He investigates the impacts and implications of U.S. trade policy on jobs, public interest regulation, financial stability and democratic policymaking. Before joining Global Trade Watch, Beachy analyzed the impacts of U.S. trade, aid, and lending policies in Latin America for six years as a Nicaragua-based policy analyst and as a 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. Beachy's published articles have focused on post-food crisis trade policy, the impacts of U.S. and IMF policies in Latin America and new economic indicators to supplement GDP. Beachy received a B.A. from Goshen College and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.


    Miranda Becker, Program Associate

    Miranda Becker is Program Associate for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, where she manages the website, development, and other program needs. Prior to joining Global Trade Watch, she worked with the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce to educate Congressional staff on corporate-biased trade deals and labor abuses in the garment and fishing industries. Previously, Miranda worked on the teams of several electoral campaigns, including that of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, where she served as a Deputy Field Organizer and Staging Location Director. She received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies from Cambridge 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.


    Melanie Foley, Program Associate and Intern Manager

    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.


    Patrick Gleeson, Trade and Policy Researcher

    Patrick Gleeson is the Trade and Policy Researcher for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, where he studies the impact of trade agreements and policy on jobs, economic output, and domestic regulation. Prior to joining Global Trade Watch in March 2014, he worked for CLAIM in Chicago, which provides legal services to incarcerated mothers throughout Illinois. In addition, he was a legal intern at Citizen Works, where he analyzed the harm of mandatory arbitration clauses in standard form consumer contracts. He received his B.A. in Economics from Fairfield University and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago.


    Mina Itabashi, "Stop Fast Track" Field Organizer

    Mina Itabashi is the "Stop Fast Track" Field 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.


    Lacey Kohlmoos, Senior Field Organizer

    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.


    Melinda St. Louis, International Campaigns Director

    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, 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 an M.P.P. in International Policy and Development from Georgetown University.


    Evan Ottenfeld, Legislative Assistant and Scheduler

    Evan Ottenfeld is Legislative Assistant and Scheduler for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. He previously 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.


    Alisa Simmons, Deputy Director

    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. Alisa helped organize anti-WTO meetings in Seattle in 1999 and joined an international group of activists to protest the World Trade Organization meetings 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.

    As a native New Yorker, Alisa has a fierce passion for jay-walking.


    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 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 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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