Staff Leadership

Jeff Vockrodt, President and CEO

Mari-lou Dupont, Senior Vice President, Social Compliance

Mari-lou Dupont is FLA’s Senior Vice President, Social Compliance. She previously joined FLA as Director, Social Compliance-Accreditation and brings over 15 years of experience advocating for human rights and decent working conditions globally.

Dupont started her career as an anthropologist and lawyer working alongside First Nations in her native Canada. Based in Paris from 2013-2017, Dupont acted as a legal expert on investment policies, responsible business conduct and grievance mechanisms at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. While in France, she also advised the private sector on upcoming due diligence legislation as a consultant. From 2018-2022, she oversaw the promotion and implementation of the Labour Principles of the United Nations Global Compact. In that role, she managed a portfolio of labor and decent work-related projects, including the Decent Work in Global Supply Chains Action Platform — a group of multinational enterprises and partners committed to taking collective action and developing tools to improve working conditions and human rights in their supply chains.

Dupont holds degrees in anthropology and law from the University of Montreal, and successfully completed the bar examinations of Quebec and Paris. She is fluent in English and French.

Shelly Heald Han, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff

Shelly Heald Han is FLA’s Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff. In this role she works to ensure the organization can efficiently meet its mission by overseeing special projects and strategic communications, and implementing the strategic plan. Han also manages FLA’s Civil Society Caucus, facilitates outreach to labor groups and other stakeholders, and coordinates the organization’s public affairs activities that promote labor rights around the globe. Han’s career has centered on human rights advocacy and corporate social responsibility.

Before joining the FLA in 2016, Han was a senior policy advisor to members of Congress at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. There, she wrote legislation, organized congressional hearings, and launched human rights advocacy campaigns focused on combatting corruption, supporting human rights defenders and journalists, and advancing online freedom. From 2000–06, Han held policy positions on trade, national security and immigration at the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security. Prior to joining the government, she worked in the private sector helping companies ethically do business in international markets.

Han has a master’s degree in international commerce and policy from George Mason University and a double-major undergraduate degree in political science and East Asian Studies is from the University of Arizona. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and in her spare time is a professional photographer.

Stacy Hope, Senior Vice President, Communications

Stacy Hope is FLA’s Senior Vice President, Communications, bringing to the role more than two decades developing and implementing integrated communications programs that successfully articulate complex global issues and build support for action among the media, policymakers, academia, civil society, and the general public.

Prior to joining FLA, Hope directed all communications activities and served as the primary spokesperson for a bipartisan, bicameral US government commission promoting human rights and democracy across North America, Europe, and Central Asia.

From 2008–2014, Hope counseled European Union officials on multifaceted programs effectively connecting American audiences with crucial European political issues. Her experience also includes leading national and international communications programs for the British Council, the United Kingdom’s cultural relations organization; managing public relations programs at a major US trade association; and serving as the external relations officer for the Department of State’s Fulbright Student Program at the Institute of International Education.

Hope launched her career at Golin, an international public and media relations firm. She holds a bachelor’s in international relations and journalism from the University of Southern California, a master’s of science in international relations from the London School of Economics, and a professional diploma from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Marketing. She is a published author, a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project, and has held numerous volunteer leadership positions.

Richa Mittal, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer

Richa Mittal is Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at FLA. An ardent advocate of human and labor rights for over two decades, Mittal has pursued the advancement of human rights due diligence in complex supply chains in both manufacturing to agriculture. She is a recognized leader in building successful multi-stakeholder coalitions that bring together businesses, civil society organizations, and governments to tackle topics ranging from child protection, forced labor, and responsible recruitment to gender justice, living income, and living wage. 

Mittal is the chief architect of FLA’s agriculture accreditation program, innovation program, and various strategic partnerships. She joined FLA in 2003 and has worked in the US, Asia, and Europe. 

Mittal frequently speaks at conferences organized by universities, businesses, and UN agencies. She holds an MPH from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA), and a MS in human ecology from the University of Delhi (India). She currently resides in Switzerland with her family.

Sif Thorgeirsson, Senior Vice President, Investigations and Engagement

Sif Thorgeirsson is Senior Vice President, Investigations and Engagement at FLA. She joined FLA in December 2018, and now leads the work of the Fair Labor Investigations team and oversees the University Program.

FLA has a diverse professional team located around the world.