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The Fair Labor Association is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Europe and China. Our team is diverse, experienced, and cares deeply about protecting workers’ rights. Contact us.

Executive
Sharon Waxman, President & CEO (bio)
Seto Akinjiola, Human Resources Director (bio)
Sabrina Bosson, Associate Director, Agriculture Program (bio)
Jennifer Caruso, Associate Director, Business Accountability (bio)
Harvey Chan, Chief Accountability and Innovation Officer
Heeral Coleman, Director of Communications & Stakeholder Services (bio)
Kenan Ercel, Associate Director, Workplace Accountability (bio)
Shelly Han, Director of Civil Society Engagement (bio)
Richa Mittal, Director, Research & Innovation (bio)
Jorge Perez-Lopez, Senior Advisor
Cheryl Topping, Chief Financial Officer (bio)

Staff
Jean Appia, Research & Innovation Assistant, Côte d’Ivoire
Zumrut Aydin, Monitoring & Evaluation and Research Assistant for USDoL project in Turkey
Huaijun (Greta) Bi, General Manager - Shanghai office
Leonie Blokhuis, Research & Innovation Program Manager
Burcu Kugu Bolak, Project Director for USDoL project in Turkey
Kevin Bosson, Agriculture Program Manager, Côte d’Ivoire
Renee Bowers, Fair Compensation Manager
Alpay Celikel, Regional Manager, EMEA
Indrani de Silva, Senior Business Accountability Associate
Mona Filchock, Accounting Associate
Arno Gasteiger, Business Affiliates Program Manager
Subhadra Gupta, CSO Engagement Associate
Sara Jadambaa, Senior Accountant/Grants Manager
Olivia James, Membership and Accounts Receivable Associate
Sinem Kavak, Agriculture Program Coordinator
Andrew Korfhage, Communications Manager
Zeynep Baser Kubiena, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist for USDoL project in Turkey
Bril Lacno, Regional Manager, Southeast Asia
Claudia Lara, Human Resources Associate
Wanjing Lu, Aseesor, East Asia
KVS Mani, Agriculture Program Administrator
Rituparna Majumdar, Agriculture Program Coordinator, South and Southeast Asia
Marissa Morgan, Licensee Program Manager
Samuel Myers, Accountability Program Associate
Anne Obi, Finance & HR Associate
Hande Ozhabes, Project Manager for USDoL project in Turkey
Hakan Özkan, Finance & Administration Association for USDol project in Turkey
Jingwen Peng, Eastern Hemisphere Accreditation Associate
Katie Quilici, Workplace Accountability Associate
Brianne Richardson, Office Manager
Jessica Rocha, University Program Manager
Tiffany Rogers, Business Accountability Program Manager
Joe Shen, Regional Manager, East Asia
Pheobe Smith, Executive Assistant
Patsorn Udomritthiruj, Accountability Associate
Gulden Ulker, Assessor, EMEA
Jessica Vasquez, CSO Engagement Associate
Roy Wang, Lead Assessor, East Asia
Zhenni Zhu, Administrator
Tracy Zimmerman, Controller
 


Sharon Waxman, President and CEO
Sharon joined the FLA after serving as Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where she advocated for refugee rights and led a global team based in Africa, the Middle East, Brussels, Geneva, London, New York, and Washington.  As Deputy to the Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights in the Clinton State Department, she worked extensively on international labor, human trafficking, refugee rights and other human security issues.  She provided oversight of five Bureaus and two Ambassadorial offices, including the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and the Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons.  For more than a decade, she served as Senior National Security Advisor to U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA).  Earlier in her career, she served as Associate Staff to the Senate Appropriations Committee and developed funding strategies for development and foreign assistance programs. Sharon has served on the Board of the US Global Leadership Coalition, which includes members of the business, development, humanitarian and defense communities, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a senior associate with the Project on Prosperity and Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, where she received her Masters of International Public Policy.  She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.  Back to top.

 

Seto Akinjiola, Human Resources Director
Seto Akinjiola comes to the FLA as a senior human resources professional with over thirteen years of progressive and comprehensive HR management experience including recruitment and retention, conflict resolution, change management, employee & labor relations, compensation & benefits and global hr management. Her specialty is primarily in the non-profit sector working with community-based and international development programs. Seto brings to the FLA multi-functional HR expertise including a deep understanding of critical business functions, executive planning, communications and leadership skills. She was previously the Director of Global HR Operations at Greenpeace US, Inc. and HR Director at Pan American Development Foundation. Seto obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Afro-American Studies and her Master’s degree in International Management, both from the University of Maryland. She’s worked and managed teams in over 10 countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Back to top.

 

Sabrina Bosson, Associate Director, Agriculture Program
Sabrina joined the FLA in 2007 and assumed oversight of the FLA due diligence programme for the agriculture sector in 2014 after having worked as the Strategic Projects Manager. In that capacity, she oversees the farm-level independent assessment work and deals with affiliated agriculture and food companies’ remediation plans. She has expertise in approaching labor standards compliance in complex and informal upstream supply chains. Sabrina holds a Masters in political science from the University of Geneva and a Diploma of advanced studies (EMBA Programme) in project management. She is based in the FLA-Europe office in Geneva, Switzerland. Back to top.

 

Jennifer Caruso, Associate Director, Business Accountability
Jennifer Caruso assumed oversight of the FLA’s Business Accountability team in 2015, having worked for the FLA since 2008 in both the collegiate licensee program and the accreditation program.  She has more than ten years of experience with corporate social responsibility, including implementation of an apparel sector corporate social responsibility program, and due diligence investigation in the electronic sector. She holds a B.A. from McGill University and an M.A. in Policy Studies from the University of Washington Bothell. Back to top.

 

Heeral Coleman, Director of Communications & Stakeholder Services
Over the past ten years at the Fair Labor Association (FLA), Heeral Coleman has assumed a range of responsibilities in service of the FLA’s mission of improving working conditions worldwide. Currently, she oversees the Stakeholder Services and Communications departments. In this role, she is responsible, along with her team of program managers, for comprehensive onboarding of new brand and supplier affiliates, providing capacity-building guidance to affiliated companies and universities, and communicating the progress and thought leadership of the FLA and its stakeholders in the social responsibility and compliance arenas. Heeral brings to the FLA an enduring passion for collaborative effort to address and resolve the challenges affecting workers and working conditions in global supply chains. Heeral holds Master’s degrees in International Policy and Public Communication from the George Washington University and American University respectively, and is based in the FLA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Back to top.

 

Kenan Ercel, Associate Director, Workplace Accountability
Kenan Ercel joined the FLA in 2009 and assumed oversight of the FLA’s factory-level due diligence program in 2014 after having worked as the organization’s Quality & Transparency Program Manager. He holds B.A. in Business Administration from the Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Before joining the FLA, Kenan participated in the very first round of social compliance audits organized by the monitoring organization, Verité in Turkey.  Back to top.

 

Shelly Han, Director of Civil Society Engagement
Shelly Heald Han joined the Fair Labor Association as the Director for Civil Society Engagement in May 2016. Prior to joining the FLA, Ms. Han worked extensively with NGOs around the world as a senior policy advisor to members of Congress at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe from 2006 to 2016. While there, Ms. Han wrote legislation, organized hearings and launched human rights advocacy campaigns focused on combatting corruption, supporting human rights defenders and journalists, and advancing online freedom. From 2000 to 2006, Ms. Han worked in the executive branch in policy positions on trade, national security and immigration at the Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the government, she worked in the private sector helping companies do business—and do the right thing—in international markets. Ms. Han has an MA in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and a double-major BA in Political Science and East Asian Studies from the University of Arizona.  She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.  Back to top.

 

Richa Mittal, Director, Research & Innovation
Richa Mittal is responsible for managing FLA’s strategic (special) projects globally and has been based in Geneva, Switzerland, since 2009. She joined FLA at its Washington, DC, headquarters in 2003 as part of the Code Implementation and Monitoring Program. She relocated to India in 2004 as the FLA Regional Manager for South Asia and managed FLA activities for garment and footwear supply chains in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for four years. While in India, she developed the agricultural monitoring program (ENABLE) for FLA. Her expertise are in developing tracing, monitoring and remediation programs for A-typical supply chains that involve complex upstream linkages involving farms, home-based work, artisan clusters, mines and ecosphere retreats (safaris, marine parks, ecological parks). Richa holds an M.P.H. in International Health Epidemiology from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an M.S. in Human Ecology and Nutrition from the University of Delhi. Before joining FLA, she lived in Bangladesh, conducting research in the garment sector. She became well-versed with labor and social conditions in South Asia and later managed a health program for garment workers in Bangladesh that was jointly run by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the nonprofit Michigan International Development. Back to top.
 

Cheryl Topping, Chief Financial Officer
Before becoming the CFO and Treasurer of the FLA, Cheryl Topping was a founding principal at ACET Group, a boutique consulting firm specializing in supporting the “business” of nonprofit organizations. Previously, Cheryl served as CFO of the Atlantic Council, where she shaped all the support functions of the organization, providing a foundation for the Council to grow into one of the top think tanks in the world. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Cheryl was the Director of both the Accounting and Loan Administration Divisions of the Navy Marine-Corp Relief Society.  Cheryl began her career in banking as a commercial and real estate lending officer. Since that time, she has spent more than 25 years providing a wide array of financial, accounting, and business development advisory services to 501c(3) and 501c(6) organizations. She holds a BS in accounting from George Mason University and an Executive MBA from the College of William and Mary, is a licensed CPA, and is a member of the AICPA and the VSCPA. Back to top.