Russell Howze is the Legal Assistant for the Center for Food Safety. Before joining CFS, Russell was a paralegal with the Center for Biological Diversity's Environmental Health program. Growing up in a rural town in South Carolina, some of his earliest memories are of weeding gardens and eating vegetables straight out of the ground. Russell has worked with many nonprofits over the years, most memorably as a co-manager of the CELLspace arts warehouse, as a "grassroots carny" with the Sustainable Living Roadshow, and as a puppeteer with the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew. Russell also wrote the book "Stencil Nation" (Manic D Press) and runs a street art website. In his spare time, Russell makes stencils, gives art tours, and reads books.
Ryan Talbott is a Staff Attorney at the Center for Food Safety's Portland, Oregon office. Ryan joined CFS in 2018 and practices environmental and administrative law to reduce the rate of foodborne illnesses and to improve consumers' access to information about what is in the food they eat. A 2012 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, Ryan has focused his legal education and career on public interest environmental law, earning a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. Prior to joining CFS, Ryan worked for Appalachian Mountain Advocates and Allegheny Defense Project, where he defended public lands from the impacts of industrial fracking and pipeline construction. Ryan is admitted to the bar in Oregon and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Sylvia Wu is a Senior Attorney/Managing Attorney, Hawaii & California offices at the Center for Food Safety, where she works on law and policy related to genetically engineered crops, factory farming, aquaculture, pesticides, and other food safety issues. As an attorney with CFS, Sylvia has litigated against U.S. federal agencies over approval of herbicide-resistant genetically engineered crops and their associated pesticide use, the approval of pesticides that are harming pollinators and other sensitive species, as well as approval of industrial offshore aquaculture systems that will pollute our oceans and marine resources. Through legislative efforts and litigation, Sylvia also works with local communities to defend communities' right to protect themselves against the harms of industrial agriculture. Sylvia holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Sylvia is involved in various projects promoting local economy and urban agriculture in the Bay Area.
Victoria "Tori" Yundt is a Staff Attorney at the Center for Food Safety's San Francisco, California office, where she is in charge of CFS's Freedom of Information Act litigation and practices environmental and administrative law related to genetically engineered crops, factory farming, pesticides, and other food safety issues. Tori first joined CFS in 2017 as a Lawyers for America fellow before graduating from the University of California Hastings in 2018, where she studied environmental law and was a senior editor for Hastings Environmental Law Journal. As a law student, she also studied international human rights law and interned at Just Atonement Inc., a human rights legal nonprofit, from 2016 to 2017. Prior to law school, Tori received an M.S. in Sustainability, Development and Peace from the United Nations University in Tokyo.