Richard WooD, MDiv, DMin
Rich joined FACT as its Executive Director in 1995. His efforts include leading FACT’s Fund-a-Farmer Project grant review committee, and he previously helped organize and lead the Keep Antibiotics Working Coalition (KAW). Previously Rich led FACT’s Nest Eggs Project, demonstrating the success of marketing eggs from uncaged hens, and FACT’s research with large dairies in the southwest on calf and cow welfare. Representing consumer groups, Rich successfully negotiated an agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the egg industry on Salmonella controls for all egg farms. He also served on the FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee, and received the Commissioner’s highest award for his informed consumer advocacy. Rich earned both Masters and Doctoral degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, with a focus on public policy advocacy and community organizing.
Rich is retiring ad Executive Director this year - and FACT’s Search Committee is currently accepting applications for our next leader. For more information on this opportunity, please visit https://foodanimalconcernstrust.org/ed-search and share it with anyone who may be interested. The application deadline is January 30.
Charlotte Isles, MA
Charlotte joined FACT in September 2018. She attained her Masters in Environment and Development from Kings College London and has since worked for Non-Profits and Associations in the UK and the US including Oxfam and the American Medical Association. Outside of work Charlotte enjoys trying out new restaurants, seeing live music and exploring Chicago where she now lives.
Maria Ma, MPH
Food Safety staff assistant
Maria joined FACT in February 2018. She attained her MPH in Infectious Disease and Vaccinology from the University of California - Berkeley, where she focused on issues related to antimicrobial resistance. Prior to the MPH, she received her BS in Microbiology from UC Davis.
Larissa McKenna, MS, MPH
humane Farming Program Director
Larissa has worked on humane farming issues at FACT since 2006 and previously served as the coordinator of the Keep Antibiotics Working campaign. She currently directs FACT’s Humane Farming Program and leads all of FACT’s services for livestock and poultry farmers - including FACT’s grants, scholarships, webinars, and mentorship program. Larissa holds graduate degrees in public health, as well as Agriculture, Food and the Environment (AFE) from Tufts University. Outside of work, she enjoys eating, dancing, and playing outside with her kids.
Steven Roach, MA
Food Safety Program Director and senior analyst for keep antibiotics working
Since 2001 Steve has led our Food Safety Program and is also a Senior Analyst for Keep Antibiotics Working, a coalition of health, consumer, and environmental advocacy organizations that have joined forces to combat the inappropriate use of antibiotics in food animals. He represents Consumers International at the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Food and was the Consumers International delegate at the Codex Ad hoc Task force on Antimicrobial Resistance. In July 2015, he was appointed to the World Health Organization Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance. He has an undergraduate degree in physics and philosophy, and a MA in anthropology.