Staff

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)
Heeral Coleman, Director of Communications & Stakeholder Services (bio)
Kenan Ercel, Associate Director, Workplace Accountability (bio)
Shelly Han, CSO Engagement Director
Richa Mittal, Director, Research & Innovation (bio)
Cheryl Topping, Chief Financial Officer (bio)

Staff
Jean Appia, Research & Innovation Assistant, Côte d’Ivoire
Huaijun (Greta) Bi, General Manager - Shanghai office
Burcu Kugu Bolak, Project Director for USDoL Turkey Project
Kevin Bosson, Agriculture Program Manager, Côte d’Ivoire
Alpay Celikel, Regional Manager, EMEA
Arim Chang, Participating Supplier Manager
Kuang-Chi Chang, Technical Advisor, Statistical Tools and Surveys
Francisco Chicas, Regional Manager, Latin America
Arno Gasteiger, Business Affiliates Program Manager
Deepti Goteti, Platform Manager
Subhadra Gupta, CSO Engagement Associate
Madison Hayes, Workplace Accountability Program Intern
Joseph Hong, Business Accountability Program Intern
Sara Jadambaa, Senior Accountant/Grants Manager
Sinem Kavak, Agriculture Program Coordinator
Britta Klemmer, Technical Advisor on Research & Innovation
Andrew Korfhage, Communications Manager
Zeynep Baser Kubiena, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Bril Lacno, Regional Manager, Southeast Asia
KVS Mani, Agriculture Program Administrator
Rituparna Majumdar, Agriculture Program Coordinator, South and Southeast Asia
Allison Milne, Technical Advisor, Business Accountability
Samuel Myers, Accountability Program Associate
Anne Obi, Finance & HR Associate
Hande Ozhabes, Project Manager for USDoL Turkey Project
Jingwen Peng, Eastern Hemisphere Accreditation Associate
Huizhen Qian, Research & Assessment Manager
Brianne Richardson, Office Manager
Shawn Riggins, Accounts Payable Associate
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
Amy Zhao, Research Assistant
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
Heeral Coleman oversees the FLA’s university program and its communications activities. Additionally, she serves as Project Manager for the new FLA technology platform that has been under development since late 2009. Heeral joined the FLA in March 2007 and brings 10 years of professional experience from her native India, including 4 years with Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in Mumbai. During her time at Ogilvy PR Mumbai, she was named team leader for the Technology and Corporate & Finance practice areas. Heeral holds an M.A. in International Policy & Practice from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University and an M.A. in Public Communication from American University 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.

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.