The Verité Team
Verité started in 1995 with three employees and one client in an unairconditioned office above a stationery store on Main Street in Amherst, MA. The organization now improves working conditions worldwide through a network of over 120 employees, consultants, and partners.
Please note: Due to the nature of our work and for the sake of their privacy and protection, we do not list our overseas employees.
Shawn MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer
Shawn MacDonald has been the CEO of Verité since 2016. Prior to that, Shawn led Verité’s research, program, and policy work since 2003. Shawn has broad international and domestic experience in labor rights, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, workplace health, and multi-sector partnerships.
Before joining Verité, he was Director of Accreditation at the Fair Labor Association, Vice President of Ashoka, Senior Advisor at Meridian Group International, and co-founder of the Development and Employment Policy Project and the Coalition for International Fair Hiring. Additionally, he worked for a variety of civil society organizations in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
Shawn holds a Ph.D. from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and an AB in History from Harvard University.
Victoria Healy, Chief Financial Officer
Marie Apostol, Managing Director, Verité Southeast Asia
Declan Croucher, Senior Director, Advisory Services
Declan is responsible for Verité’s corporate outreach and engagement. Much of his work is focused on helping companies and their advisors detect and prevent forced labor, human trafficking, and modern slavery in their global supply chains. He leads Verité engagements with global companies in diverse sectors including consumer electronics, apparel, food and beverages, construction, extractives, and government contracting.
Declan’s background prior to Verité is in global human resources and business management with multinational manufacturers in the consumer electronics, building products, and renewable energy sectors.
He holds undergraduate degrees in business (from University College Galway, Ireland) and law (University of London, UK), and a master’s degree in strategic human resources management (University College Dublin, Ireland).
Elizabeth Garland, Senior Director, Raw Materials Programs
Elizabeth Garland leads Verité’s programmatic work to improve labor practices in the lower tiers of global supply chains, particularly in the agricultural and extractives sectors. Elizabeth directs Verité’s multi-year strategic partnership with Mars, Incorporated, helping Mars to advance respect for human rights throughout its global operations and extended supply chains. Elizabeth also leads Verité’s strategic partnership with Philip Morris International, a long-term collaboration to reduce child labor and other labor problems within the global tobacco industry. She recently served as the lead investigator on a two-year, US Department of State-funded study of human trafficking and global supply chains in sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to joining Verité, Elizabeth had an academic career as a scholar and professor of cultural anthropology, with a regional specialization in East and Southern Africa. She has taught anthropology, environmental studies, and African Studies at Smith College, Dartmouth College, and Union College.
Elizabeth holds a BA from Amherst College, an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago.
Gabriella Delgadillo, Senior Director
Gabriela Delgadillo has been working at Verité since 1998. She has been involved or led projects that target issues of Gender, Child labor, Forced labor, Fair Recruitment, and Freedom of Association. She has experience working in multi-stakeholder settings including corporate clients, governments, civil society organizations, unions, and workers in more than 25 countries. Her auditor training experience includes the development of Lead Auditor certification programs for diverse sectors and the direct mentoring and coaching of social auditors.
Prior to joining Verité, Gabriela worked with World Bank and GTZ sponsored programs and in the Ministry of Education of Bolivia, and has taught at a graduate level both in Latin America and in the United States. She has completed research and presented numerous papers related to development and gender issues.
Gabriela was an Academic Director at the University of Aquino, in La Paz, Bolivia where she was leading the teacher training component of the Educational Reform
Gabriela attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she received a Specialist of Education and a Master’s degrees focused on International Education and Multicultural Studies. She is also a Fulbright – LASPAU scholar.
Erin Klett, Senior Director, Research and Policy Program
Erin Klett currently serves as the Senior Director of Research and Policy at Verité. In this role, Erin oversees the design and implementation of research, tools, capacity building, and stakeholder-engagement programs for governments, companies, international organizations, and civil society groups to stem labor vulnerability across a variety of sectors and regions. A current program focus is to promote ethical recruitment and stem human trafficking and forced labor of migrant workers in global supply chains.
Erin has been with Verité for 17 years. Prior to joining Verité, she also spent time working for the International Labor Organization and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Erin attended the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where she received a Master of Arts in International Relations and Affairs. She also holds a BA in Russian Area Studies and English Literature from Oberlin College.
Lydia Long, Senior Director, Training Program
Lydia Long is the Senior Director of Global Training at Verité, having managed capacity building programs at Verité for 15 years. She leads the organization’s work in seafood, which is focused on helping companies, governments and civil society stakeholders develop the capacity to manage forced labor and other critical risks in supply chains. She co-chairs the Seafood Task Force working group on impact targets and measurement as well as the External Stakeholder Advisory body.
Jon Pitoniak, Senior Director, Audit & Assessment Programs
Jon Pitoniak is the Director of the Verité’s audit and assessment programs, assisting corporations in improving working conditions at factories, farms, and other workplaces where CSR efforts result in improved working conditions for vulnerable populations of workers. He has overseen the delivery of social responsibility assessments and related programs for numerous multinational corporations in varying sectors.
Jon has been at Verité for 15 years and led assessments focused on migrant workers in construction, agriculture, and electronics, covering a range of issues related to ethical employment and elimination of labor abuses. Additional projects include the development and delivery of training programs, risk assessments, and other consulting activities for companies, auditors, NGOs, and other stakeholders.
Jon holds a double B.A. in East Asian Studies and Government from Bowdoin College; has lived, worked, and studied in China; and has other field experience in East/Southeast Asia, the Middle East, South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and North America.
Michael Vaudreuil, Senior Director, Consulting
In his role, Michael advises organizations on how to integrate human rights due diligence into their business management systems to identify and address forced labor and other human rights risks in their operations and supply chains.
Prior to joining Verité, Michael was Ethical Sourcing Program Manager at Hewlett-Packard, where he developed and managed the Supply Chain Social and Environmental Responsibility audit program. Michael began his career at the US Dept of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration as an Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer.
Michael attended Stony Brook University where he received a Bachelor of Engineering degree. He subsequently earned a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from Harvard University.
Debbie Zeidenberg, Senior Director, Strategy and Impact Program
Debbie Zeidenberg joined Verité in 2017 to help guide the organization through its current period of rapid growth. Her work focuses on developing performance and impact measures to ensure that Verité’s work has the greatest possible effect on vulnerable workers, developing internal systems to help the organization grow efficiently, ensuring that Verité’s internal policies reflect its values, and helping the organizational leadership plan cohesively and strategically.
Before joining Verité, Debbie held positions in communications, fundraising, and policy at a range of social justice organizations: the Eighth Amendment Project (the national death penalty abolition campaign), the Political Economy Research Institute, and the Washington State Governor’s welfare policy office. She holds an MPA from the University of Washington and a BA from Harvard College.
Helga Aku, Program Associate, Research and Policy
Makayla Allen, Accounting Manager
Makayla Allen is the Accounting Manager at Verité. In this role, Makayla is responsible for the day to day finance activities. She manages accounts receivable and accounts payable, as well as payroll.
Makayla attended Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting.
Allison Arbib, Director, Research and Policy
Allison Arbib is a Director in the Research and Policy Department at Verite. She currently leads Verite’s work on the U.S. Department of State-supported Responsible Sourcing Tool (responsiblesourcingtool.org) as well as projects to combat forced labor and human trafficking in global supply chains. She has specialized expertise designing and implementing labor rights risk assessment methodologies at regional, country, sector, and supply chain levels.
Nathan Benevides, Business Development Coordinator
In his role as Business Development Coordinator, Nathan supports the grant application and proposal development process and tracks and manages the organizational pipeline and prospect plan.
Prior to joining Verité, Nathan was Project Assistant at One Square World, a Boston-based nonprofit organization, where he supported fundraising and development for programs advancing sustainable and equitable economic development policies in Boston and Providence. He was also a research assistant at Columbia University, where he conducted primary research on the challenges to sustainability that media startups face in the developing world.
Nathan attended Emmanuel College where he received a BA in Political Science, then went on to attend Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, where he received an MIA in Economic and Political Development.
Anna Berger, Program Coordinator, CUMULUS
Anna Berger is a Program Coordinator at Verité, where she supports CUMULUS, an online platform with a data and technology-driven approach to identifying forced labor and human trafficking risk in global supply chains. In her role as a Program Coordinator, Anna assists with data analysis and desk research.
Prior to joining Verité, Anna worked in refugee resettlement in Ohio and completed internships with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Russian International Affairs Council, and the Corn Refiners Association. She also conducted research on the effects of trade liberalization on the lives of Mexican women in and out of the workplace and the ways in which trade agreements can advance human rights as the capstone project for her graduate program.
Anna holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College with a double major in International Studies and Modern Languages & Literatures.
Julie Brown, Senior Training Manager
Julie Brown is Senior Training Manager at Verité. In this role, Julie oversees Verité’s E-learning program and contributes to the growth of our online library of courses for client companies and partner organizations.
Prior to joining Verité as an employee, Julie consulted as an instructional designer and developer for Verité, ILO, and social responsibility divisions of several multinational corporations.
Julie attended University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and LaTrobe University in Melbourne where she received a master’s degree in International Policy.
Marah Brubaker, Grants Administration Assistant
Marah Brubaker currently serves as the Grants Administration Associate at Verité. In this role, she works primarily with the Research and Policy department and coordinates the administrative and financial management of Verité’s grant portfolio. She is responsible for developing, organizing, and maintaining administrative systems to track various components of Verité’s large-scale grant-funded projects.
Prior to joining the team at Verité, Marah graduated from Amherst College, where she received a BA in Anthropology and Sexuality, Women’s, & Gender Studies and completed a Five College Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice.
Ilana Cohen, Manager, Research and Policy
Ilana Cohen is a Research Manager at Verité. In this role, Ilana supports Research and Policy Department projects including grant funded research and report writing and online public resources like the Responsible Sourcing Tool.
Prior to joining Verité, Ilana worked with Eco Femme, a social business based in southern India, where she supported the creation and implementation of menstrual health education programs for adolescents.
Ilana attended Brandeis University where she received an MA in Anthropology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Columbia University and a BA in Jewish Women and Gender Studies from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Anne Cormier, Manager, Training Program
Lisa Cox, Director, Raw Materials Programs
Lisa Cox is a human rights lawyer with significant experience working on rule of law and access to justice issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the United States. She has worked at Verité since 2015 where she has been leading the US Department of Labor funded-CLEAR II project, aimed at improving enforcement of child labor laws in targeted countries. She has also supported initiatives in the palm oil and coffee sectors to help develop policies and procedures that allow companies to better identify and remediate risks of child labor in their supply chains.
Prior to joining Verité, Lisa worked with the International Labor Organization, UN Women, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Lisa holds a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, a Masters in Public Administration from New York University, and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Political Science.
Josephine Dadzie, Program Director
Lawrence David, Communications and Marketing Manager
As Communications and Marketing Manager, Lawrence oversees Verité’s digital presence and develops online and print materials to share its vision and resources.
Prior to joining Verité, Lawrence was the Digital Brand Manager at Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and an Associate Creative Director at Deutsch, Inc., an advertising agency. He was previously an editor at Random House Children’s Books.
Lawrence is the published author of two novels and over a dozen children’s picture and chapter books. He attended Bennington College, receiving a BA in Creative Writing, then went on to attend New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where he received an MFA in Dramatic Writing.
Laura Fontaine, Manager, Audit & Assessment Programs
As Program Manager at Verité, Laura helps to oversee Verité’s audit and assessment work with a variety of clients, serves as an editor and analyst on reports and deliverables, and assists in the development and compilation of tools, databases, and legal reviews that allow Verité to best serve its clients.
Prior to joining Verité, Laura worked as a Program Coordinator for the Capital Good Fund, a micro-lending and financial coaching non-profit, and also had an internship at the Washington Office on Latin America, a DC-based research and advocacy NGO.
Laura holds a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
Amanda Foster, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
As Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Amanda supports ongoing M&E of grant-funded projects and works to assess the broader organizational impact of Verité’s diverse initiatives.
Prior to joining Verité, Amanda worked as Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Advisor at Mercy Corps, where she provided technical M&E support to a variety of global development and humanitarian projects. Amanda also led M&E for Mercy Corps’ emergency response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Throughout her career she has worked with several community-based organizations at the intersection of sustainable agriculture, human rights, and environmental justice.
Amanda has a MA in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a BA in International Relations from Eckerd College. Amanda speaks Spanish and has lived and worked in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Argentina.
Rebecca Garcia-Pons, Senior Manager, Audit & Assessment Programs
Andrés Guzmán-Garza, Program Manager, Raw Materials Programs
As a Program Manager in Raw Materials, Andrés is primarily responsible for projects in Latin America. He has been involved in Verité’s work in agriculture in the region, including research, training, and consulting on the sugar, coffee, fruit, and vegetable sectors.
Prior to joining Verité, Andrés held a position at the Mexican Consulate in Fresno, CA, where he worked closely with immigrants and farm workers, developing and delivering trainings on labor and immigrant rights. While working for The Conference Board in New York, Andrés partnered with multiple stakeholders to run a portfolio of executive networks.
Andrés is a member of Earlham College’s Alumni Advisory Board, and is slated to become a member of the American Friends Service Committee’s Northeast Region Executive Committee by the end of 2019. Andrés serves as an advisor to the board’s of both organizations on topics of strategy, impact, communications, and program evaluation.
Andrés attended Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where he received a Master’s Degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Human Rights and a specialization in Gender and Public Policy. He also attended Earlham College where he received a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Politics and International Affairs.
Christelle Harfoush, Coordinator, Assessments and Training
As a Coordinator at Verité, Christelle works across the Audit, Training, and Consulting Departments, coordinating with clients and students, and assisting in managing audit and training projects.
Prior to joining Verité, Christelle was Program Assistant at Caritas Lebanon, where she worked on a project providing humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon.
Christelle began her career at Caritas Lebanon as a Case Worker where she worked on a project providing humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees.
Christelle attended Westfield State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
Debra Hertz, Director, Grants Management
Debra Hertz has been Director, Grants Management at Verité since 2003. In this role, Debra is responsible for the administration of all government and foundation funded projects, including contracting, budget development/management, strategic spending, and compliance with all regulations. Debra serves as the primary administrative contact for all institutionally funded projects.
Previously, Debra was at Highland Valley Elder Services, a regional senior services agency. As Associate Director, she oversaw implementation of numerous programs and served as the Regional Planner, coordinating services for a 24- town service area.
Debra attended Cornell University where she obtained a BS in Labor Relations, subsequently receiving an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Kathryn Howell, Program Manager, CUMULUS
Yamila Irizarry-Gerould, Analyst, Audit & Assessment Programs
As a Program Coordinator and Auditor in Assessments, Yamila receives reports from the field and makes them client-ready, gathers and analyzes information from multiple sources in support of projects, and conducts worker interviews on US-based audits. She also manages Verité’s internship program.
Prior to joining Verité, she lived in the Middle East where she worked in the fields of international education and development.
She holds a BA from Tufts University in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic, as well as a certificate from the Center for Arabic Study Abroad.
Adriana Isaza, Manager, Raw Materials Programs
As a Project Manager in the Raw Materials Department at Verité, Adriana works closely with clients and the Verité team to plan and implement projects in clients’ extended supply chains.
Prior to joining Verité, Adriana was Sales and Marketing Manager at Zoar Outdoor, where she served as the central hub of information and resource management, helping departments coordinate to meet clients’ needs.
Adriana attended Brown University where she received a bachelor’s degree in international Relations.
Quinn Sandor Kepes, Senior Program Director, Raw Materials Programs
Quinn Sandor Kepes is a Senior Program Director in the Raw Materials Programs Department at Verité, where he oversees Verité’s research and in-depth programming on raw materials in the Americas, as well as Verité’s work on the coffee sector globally.
Quinn has carried out and directed field research on forced labor and other labor and human rights risks in illegal gold mining and the agricultural and garment sectors, and has researched the links between organized crime and human rights abuses. He is a member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime’s Expert Network, as well as the Sustainable Coffee Challenge’s Labor Action Network.
Quinn lived in Guatemala for six years, where he worked with the Human Rights Ombudsman’s office and civil society initiatives and obtained a graduate degree in Human Rights and Political Participation through the Universidad Rafael Landivar and the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIHR). He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Certificates in International Relations and Latin American Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is fluent in Spanish and English, with a working knowledge of Portuguese.
Maureen Lempke, Advisor, Reserach & Policy
Maureen Moriarty-Lempke , Verite’s Land and Forest Sector Advisor, is a land and forest tenure specialist with field experience in Colombia, Haiti, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka,Kenya, Liberia, Burundi, Somalia, Tanzania, and Eastern Europe, including Kosovo, Russia, and Ukraine.
She specializes in the development of land and conflict sensitivity tools and methodologies that emphasize the effects of development programs on human security and the conflict context for donors and governments, including Canada, the United States and Colombia.
She is a former Fulbright Research Scholar and currently serves as a Visiting Lecturer within the Duke Center for International Development and has taught classes at MIT and the Duke/UNC Rotary Peace Program.
Sarah Lince, Senior Program Manager, Research & Policy
Sarah is a Senior Program Manager in the Research and Policy Department. She has expertise in labor mobility, ethical cross-border recruitment, as well as informalization of labor in global supply chains, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Gulf Cooperation Council regions. In addition to a twenty-year career in the building and construction trades, Sarah holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College and the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is skilled in ethnographic and mixed-methods research, participatory project evaluation, as well as teaching and capacity-building.
She has lived and worked in East Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia. She currently directs two United States Department of State-supported projects designed to enhance policy and market-led protections for migrant workers in Gulf Cooperation Countries from countries-of-origin in East Africa and South Asia. These projects engage a wide range of stakeholders from policy-makers, private recruitment agents, employers, and civil society organizations, to develop innovative interventions to reduce risks of forced labor and human trafficking faced my low-wage workers migrating to GCC countries.
Hikari Mamata, Program Manager, CUMULUS
As a Program Manager at Verité, Hikari supports the CUMULUS project, a technology-driven approach to identifying risk of forced labor and human trafficking in global supply chains. His work includes desk research, protocol development, platform testing, and data analysis.
Prior to joining Verité, Hikari was Program Coordinator at Health Resources in Action where he worked with The 84 Movement, a statewide youth tobacco cessation and prevention program that trains and empowers youth to speak out against the sneaky marketing tactics of the tobacco and vaping industries. Throughout his career, Hikari has worked closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Child Family Health International, and Boston Medical Center in various programming efforts.
Following his Bachelor’s in Biology at Clarkson University, Hikari received a Master in Public Health at Boston University with concentrations in Program Management and Global Health.
Sarah Martinez, Senior Consultant
Jen Meagher, Director of Product, CUMULUS
As Director of Product, Jen is responsible for design, development, and program oversight for CUMULUS, a data-driven online platform for labor supply mapping and forced labor risk screening in supply chains.
Jen’s background includes 11 years of experience as a Product Manager and UX Designer for data-driven web, mobile, and interactive media products for Warner Music, the Great Elephant Census, an interactive exhibit on sea turtle conservancy, mapping memorial names for the 9/11 Museum, and a fully animated adaptive literacy tool for Scholastic, among others. Jen also has five years of nonprofit program management experience with a specialty in producing, curating, and developing media action campaigns around human rights documentaries on behalf of Human Rights Watch and the Educational Video Center, a New York City based youth and community media production nonprofit.
Jen has a Masters Degree in Interactive and Digital Media Design from New York University and a BA from Hampshire College.
Miriam Rodriguez, Senior Consultant
José Roberto Morales Salazar, Program Director, Research & Policy
José Roberto Morales Salazar is a Program Director in Rsearch and Policy at Verité. In this role, José Roberto is responsible for overseeing and implementing project activities for Verité’s US Department of Labor Cooperation on Fair, Free, Ethical Employment (COFFEE) project.
Prior to joining Verité, José Roberto was Project Director at the International Labour Organization (ILO), where he was responsible for managing a public policy project for enhancing public policies on child labor in Ecuador and Panama. He had previously worked as National Coordinator for the ILO in his home country were he was responsible for the design and implementation of innovative responses at the policy level working with government, private sector, and trade unions.
José Roberto attended the University of El Salvador where he received a bachelor’s degree in international Relations. He also attended the Universidad de Alicante, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid where he received a master’s degree in finances.
Justine Shakespeare, Senior Program Manager, Research & Policy
Evie Simkins, Coordinator, Audit & Assessment Programs
As a program coordinator at Verité, Evie supports auditors in creating clear and actionable social assessments for clients and their suppliers. In addition to editing and delivering over 80 assessment reports per year, Evie has developed assessment tools, labor law guides, and foreign migrant worker policies to aid companies in their efforts to protect vulnerable workers in their supply chains. Evie additionally performs field audits in the U.S. as an employee interviewer, and has passed the Responsible Business Association (RBA) lead auditor certification course.
Evie holds a B.A. in Anthropology and French & Francophone Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and has lived in France and Haiti.
Claudia Soler, Senior Consultant
Jennifer Stachnik, Director, Accounting and IT
Jenn Stachnik is the Accounting and IT Director at Verité. In this role, Jenn oversees Verité’s financial, technological, and cybersecurity systems as well as has developed numerous system efficiencies for financial and project tracking and reporting.
Prior to joining Verité, Jenn was a Campaign Manager for the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee, where she ran a successful campaign for State House Representative John Siptroth, 189th legislative district. Prior to her campaign experience, Jenn was an Accounting Associate at UPS Supply Chain Solutions, where she managed various international account reconciliations.
Jenn attended The University of Scranton where she received a B.A. in Spanish and International Business, with minors in French and Latin American Studies.
Shannon Tenney, Director, Audit & Assessment Programs
Pauline Tiffen, Senior Consultant