Our Team

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Transparentem’s diverse team brings a wealth of experience from a variety of backgrounds, and operates in numerous countries. For security reasons, we do not disclose the identities of our team based outside the United States.

Sheela Ahluwalia

Director of Labor Investigations
Sheela directs Transparentem's investigative portfolio, develops and executes programmatic strategy, manages overseas personnel, and serves as subject matter expert on human trafficking and child labor.

Claudia Baethgen

Associate Analyst
Claudia is responsible for conducting vital background research in support of Transparentem’s investigations and participates in the organization’s rigorous fact-checking process.

Chris Brandt

Managing Editor
Chris edits Transparentem's reports and manages the drafting, review, and production process.

Devereux Chatillon

Outside General Counsel
Devereux manages legal issues for Transparentem.

Daniel Cohn

Chief of Staff
Daniel serves as Chief of Staff to the President, supports the Board of Directors, and oversees Transparentem’s global partnerships, finance, and operations.

Tatiana Jeanpierre

Operations Assistant
Tatiana provides operations and research support to the Transparentem team.

Andrew Korfhage

Interim Vice President of Strategic Engagement
Andrew builds and manages critical partnerships and facilitiates collaborative solutions to combat exploitative labor.

Debbie Li

Director of Finance and Operations
Debbie directs Transparentem’s budgeting, financial, HR, and operational functions.

Tom MacMillan

Senior Analyst
Tom leads Transparentem’s supply chain investigations, spearheads data analysis and research, and develops and drafts Transparentem’s reports.

Jonathan Mead

Director of Environmental Investigations
Jonathan directs Transparentem's investigative portfolio, develops and executes programmatic strategy, manages overseas personnel, and serves as subject matter expert on environmental issues.

Luke Olynyk

Senior Grants Manager
Luke oversees Transparentem's grants and monitoring and evaluation, ensuring that funders are effectively and regularly informed regarding organizational performance and project progress.

Stuart Richardson

Industry Research Analyst
Stuart investigates corporate supply chains, structures, and social compliance policies, in addition to conducting due diligence research and analysis.

Samantha Rudick

Strategic Engagement Project Manager
Samantha develops strategies and works with partners for the remediation of human and labor rights violations in global supply chains.

Simran Sachdev

Engagement and Outcomes Analyst
Simran conducts research on human rights due diligence, supply chain legislation, and how engagement with investors and governments can improve conditions for workers. She also leads the Strategic Engagement team’s monitoring and evaluation efforts.

Aram Schvey

Interim Vice President of Investigations
Aram leads Transparentem’s investigative work, supervises the U.S.-based investigative team, and oversees its global supply chain investigations and resulting deliverables.

Ellen Schwartz

Operations Manager
Ellen manages Transparentem's operations, and supports the implementation of its organizational strategy.

E. Benjamin Skinner

Founder and President
Ben orchestrates Transparentem’s teams as they deliver on its mission.

Board Members

Emily Martinez

Co-Chair

Emily Martinez is director of Global Initiatives at Open Society Foundations (OSF). Previously, Emily established and directed the OSF Human Rights Initiative, an OSF program that worked in partnership to support transformation within the human rights movement to meet the challenges confronting rights activists around the world. She also set up OSF efforts on disability rights, LGBTI rights, the rights of criminal defendants, and the right to information. Prior to that work, Emily led the Open Society Human Rights and Governance Grants Program in Budapest, where she helped promote the development of human rights and accountability groups in Eastern and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. She has developed expertise on a broad range of fundamental human rights issues across different regions, as well as the critical role civil society plays in promoting equality, accountability, and participation. Martinez holds an MA in human rights from the University of Essex. She also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with a BS in international affairs and developmental economics.

Dan Viederman

Co-Chair

Dan Viederman is a Managing Director at the Working Capital Fund, focused on efforts to engage and invest in entrepreneurs and tech innovators in pursuit of new tools to scale improvements for vulnerable workers in global supply chains.

Previously, Dan was CEO of Verité, a leading non-profit organization working against global forced and child labor through in-depth research and corporate engagement. In recognition of Verité’s impact, Dan was winner of a 2007 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. He has also managed China offices for World Wildlife Fund and Catholic Relief Services.

Dan is graduate of Yale University, the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and the Chinese language program at Nanjing Teacher’s University.

Aruna Kashyap

Director

Aruna Kashyap is the Associate Director in the Business and Human Rights division of Human Rights Watch. Her work focuses on corporate accountability and human rights in global supply chains. She has conducted research in numerous countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Nepal, and spearheaded international and regional advocacy for new regulatory standards governing corporations. Her research has spanned different areas including labor rights, social protection, gender, and access to health care. As a lawyer, she has a background in criminal litigation and strategic litigation on economic, social, and cultural rights, commercial contracting, and experience with applying criminal, contractual and tort law frameworks. Previously, she litigated in India and got her law degree at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore.

Neha Misra

Director

Neha Misra is the Global Lead for Migration and Human Trafficking at the Solidarity Center, the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization. With over 20 years’ experience in the labor movement, Neha has managed labor migration, anti-human trafficking, trade union strengthening and democracy programs around the world. Before joining the Solidarity Center, she worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina on postwar elections and democracy, in the United States as a senior attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and served as president for an American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) local union at DOJ. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Neha holds a J.D., summa cum laude, from the Washington College of Law at American University, and a B.S. in business economics and public policy from Indiana University.

Kyle Wright

Treasurer

Kyle Wright is CEO of Stardust, a forward-thinking family office in Houston and New York City.  For more than a decade, Kyle has supported the multidisciplinary effort at Stardust to integrate and reimagine the use of philanthropy, art, advocacy, and investment capital for a more equitable future. He has worked with dozens of partners to advance change through innovative strategies in impact investing, shareholder engagement, and impact litigation. He is currently a member of Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Impact Committee, Criterion Institute’s Gender Based Violence Advisory Committee, and Houston Area Council on Human Trafficking. Kyle holds a JD, cum laude, from South Texas College of Law Houston, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.