The Fair Labor Association is headquartered in Washington, DC, and operates offices in Europe and China. Our team is diverse, experienced, and cares deeply about protecting workers’ rights.
Sharon Waxman, President & CEO (bio)
Seto Akinjiola, Human Resources Director (bio)
Eric Biel, Senior Advisor (bio)
Sabrina Bosson, Associate Director, Agriculture Program (bio)
Renee Bowers, Director of Social Compliance & Accreditation (bio)
Heeral Coleman, Director of Capacity Building & Stakeholder Services (bio)
Bill Furmanski, Director of Communications
Shelly Han, Chief of Staff & Civil Society Engagement (bio)
Richa Mittal, Director of Supply Chain Innovation & Partnerships (bio)
Jorge Perez-Lopez, Senior Advisor
Jean Appia, Research & Innovation Assistant, Côte d’Ivoire
Zumrut Aydin, Monitoring & Evaluation and Research Assistant for USDoL project in Turkey
Melodie Baker, Staff Accountant
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
Alpay Celikel, Regional Manager, EMEA
Subhadra Gupta, CSO Engagement Manager
Jun Jia, China Program Director
Karen Joseph, Accounting Manager
Maria Katindig, Senior Accountant
Phuong Do Thi Lan, Regional Manager, Southeast Asia
Claudia Lara, Human Resources Associate
Wanjing Lu, Assessor, East Asia
KVS Mani, Agriculture Program Administrator
Rituparna Majumdar, Agriculture Program Coordinator, South and Southeast Asia
Courtney Moran, Accountability Associate
Samuel Myers, Accountability Program Associate
Anne Obi, Finance & HR Associate
Jose Perales, Technology and Data Analyst
Brianne Richardson, Office Manager
Jessica Rocha, University Program Manager
Tiffany Rogers, Business Accountability Program Manager
MIchiko Shima, Research & Technical Advisor
Pheobe Smith, Executive Assistant
Jeff Sybertz, Accountability Associate
Sif Thorgerisson, Business Affiliates Program Manager, Americas
Patsorn Udomritthiruj, Accountability Program Associate
Gulden Ulker, Lead Assessor, EMEA
Thomas van Haaren, Business Affiliates Program Manager, EMEA & Asia
Jessica Vasquez, CSO Engagement Manager
Roy Wang, Lead Assessor, East Asia
Cassi Wright, Training and Capacity Building Manager
Zhenni Zhu, Office Manager
Sharon Waxman, President & CEO
Sharon joined the FLA in 2015 after serving as Vice President for Public Policy at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where she developed rights based policy and strategies 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, she advanced U.S. policy 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 international trade, development and foreign assistance programs. Sharon is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She previously served on the Board of the US Global Leadership Coalition, and currently serves on the Sustainability Advisory Board for Nespresso and the Advisory Board for Cornell University’s New Conversations Project. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her Masters of International Public Policy at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. 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.
Eric Biel, Senior Advisor
Eric Biel began work in January 2018 as Senior Advisor to the Fair Labor Association, after serving as Associate Deputy Undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs from 2012 to 2017. During 2017 he worked on projects with business and civil society groups, spoke frequently on trade, labor, and business and human rights issues, and served on the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on the Future of the U.S. Workforce. From 2000 to 2011, Biel held a variety of positions outside of government, including Managing Director for Corporate Responsibility at Burson-Marsteller; Deputy Washington Director and Senior Counsel at Human Rights First; and Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the Fontheim International firm. Prior government service from 1990 to 2000 included Deputy Undersecretary for Trade Policy and heading the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning at the U.S. Department of Commerce; Executive Director of the bipartisan Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy; and Trade Counsel at the Senate Finance Committee. Since 2008, Biel has taught a course at the Georgetown University Law Center on “Human Rights at the Intersection of Trade and Corporate Responsibility.” He has a B.A. degree from Johns Hopkins and a joint J.D.-M.P.A. degree from Yale Law School and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. 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.
Renee Bowers, Director of Social Compliance & Accountability
As the Director of Accountability Renee oversees factory-level monitoring and business level accreditation and leads FLA’s fair compensation program. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the Fair Trade Federation, an association of businesses dedicated to supporting artisan and farmer communities through fair trade practices. In that role she worked with stakeholders to develop and uphold criteria involving fair wages, sustainable purchasing practices, and ethical production. She also spent seven years as a fair trade buyer, where she worked directly with producers in India and Sri Lanka to build their business capacity and ensure sustainable practices on the ground. Renee holds a graduate certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business from the University of Delaware and was a Senior Research Fellow with the American Institute of Indian Studies. Back to top.
Heeral Coleman, Director of Capacity Building & Stakeholder Services
Over the past 11 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 Capacity Building department. 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.
Shelly Han, Chief of Staff & 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 of Supply Chain Innocation & Partnerships
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.