Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director
Anuradha Mittal, founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute, is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights and agriculture issues. Recipient of several awards, Anuradha Mittal was named as the Most Valuable Thinker in 2008 by the Nation magazine.
Mittal has authored and edited numerous books and reports including (Mis)Investment in Agriculture: The Role of the International Finance Corporation in the Global Land Grab; The Great Land Grab: Rush for World’s Farmland Threatens Food Security for the Poor; Voices from Africa: African Farmers and Environmentalists Speak out Against a New Green Revolution; 2008 Food Price Crisis: Rethinking Food Security Policies; Going Gray in the Golden State: The Reality of Poverty Among Seniors in Oakland, California; Turning the Tide: Challenging the Right on Campus; Sahel: A Prisoner of Starvation; America Needs Human Rights; and The Future in the Balance: Essays on Globalization and Resistance. Her articles and opinion pieces have been published in widely circulated newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Bangkok Post, Houston Chronicle, and the Nation. Anuradha has addressed the Congress, the United Nations, given several hundred keynote addresses including invitational events from governments and universities, and has been interviewed on CNN, BBC World, CBC, ABC, Al-Jazeera, National Public Radio and Voice of America.
Anuradha is on the board and advisory committees of several non profit organizations including the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize), International Forum on Globalization, and is a member of the independent board of Ben & Jerry's which focuses on providing leadership for Ben & Jerry’s social mission and brand integrity.
Frederic Mousseau, Policy Director
Frederic Mousseau is the Policy Director at the Oakland Institute where he coordinates Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa project. Trained as an economist, Mr. Mousseau has worked as a staff member and consultant for international relief agencies for nearly two decades, including Action Against Hunger, Doctors Without Borders, and Oxfam International.
In addition to providing leadership to several relief efforts as the Country Representative, he has also designed and supervised food security programs in more than 30 countries across Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa. He has also conducted numerous reviews and studies on food security policies, programs and institutions; and has authored many reports and articles in international media outlets. These include Achieving Regional Integration, The Key to Success for the Fight Against Hunger in West Africa (ACF International Network and the Oakland Institute, 2011); Addressing Chronic Food Insecurity in the Horn of Africa: Good Practice Identified but Commitment Needed? (Regional Learning and Advocacy Programme for Vulnerable Dry Lands Communities (REGLAP), 2010); The High Food Price Challenge: A Review of Responses to Combat Hunger (The Oakland Institute, 2010); A Billion Hungry People, Governments and Aid Agencies Must Rise to the Challenge (Oxfam GB, 2009); The Time is Now: How World Leaders Should Respond to the Food Price Crisis (Oxfam GB, 2008); Sahel, Prisoner of Starvation? Case Study of the 2005 Food Crisis in Niger (The Oakland Institute, 2006); Zimbabwe: Insights into the Humanitarian Crisis and Food Politics (Action contre la Faim, 2006); Food Aid or Food Sovereignty? Ending World Hunger in Our Time (The Oakland Institute, 2005); Roles of and Alternatives to Food Aid in Southern Africa (Oxfam GB, 2004); Food Aid Handbook (Action contre la Faim, 2002).
In recent years, Mr. Mousseau has focused on research, advocacy and policy work on food security as it relates to investment in agriculture and arable land, food price volatility, and the global food crisis.
Anna Blackshaw, Legislative Director
Anna Blackshaw, Legislative Director at the Oakland Institute, is a public-policy advocate and documentarian whose work for social, economic, and racial justice has spanned the last two decades. She has written, advocated for, and shepherded legislation through the political process from all sides: as a legislative staffer, as a nonprofit director, and as a community organizer. As a consultant for many years in the California legislature, she specialized in issues of human and workers' rights, prison reform, and gender equality. She also served as the lead consultant for a Senate committee that examined the impacts of international trade agreements on global governance and state lawmaking authority. Blackshaw also worked as the director of the California office of Public Citizen, where she helped lead campaigns against water privatization and for fair trade and food security. She has also collaborated with youth and students in developing their capacity to advocate in the legislative arena.
A resident of South Africa for several years, Blackshaw worked in Johannesburg on issues of workers' rights, globalization, and domestic violence, serving as a consultant to that country's first national legislation addressing domestic violence. Before recently returning to Oakland, she lived in the American South for six years, where she documented and advocated for campaigns waged by sanitation workers, domestic workers, and mill workers. Her writing and photography have been published in the Los Angeles Times, The Independent Weekly, ColorLines, and The Sun magazine. Blackshaw is a contributor to Shafted: Free Trade and America's Working Poor, and is the co-author of the award-winning book No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa. She serves on the board of directors of Just Foreign Policy.
Melissa Moore, Communications Director
A member of the Oakland Institute staff since 2006, Melissa Moore is the Communications Director. As a researcher and professional editor, her experience includes analyzing land tenure and resource access, food security, and development projects in various international contexts, encompassing work with the Brazilian Landless Workers' Movement (MST) and cases that have been heard by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. A native Spanish speaker, Melissa lived and studied in Brazil, and speaks Portuguese fluently. She is the co-editor of Voices from Africa: African Farmers and Environmentalists Speak out Against a New Green Revolution, and created an accompanying website for the project to serve as an online clearinghouse for further discussion on the impacts of genetic engineering in Africa and the prospect of true solutions for food sovereignty. Ms. Moore manages a wide variety of editing, writing, and digital communications outreach work for the Oakland Institute and has played a behind-the-scenes role in many of the Institute's publications and campaigns.
Granate Sosnoff, Publications Director
Granate Sosnoff joined the Institute in 2010 as a strategic partner for editing, producing and communicating core messages about land investment deals in Africa. Sosnoff's participation in producing and publicizing (with press releases and action alerts) key findings from seven country reports and numerous briefs has been a vital part of the success of the campaigns. Sosnoff has played a leadership role in a variety of successful campaigns over the years, including environmental, health, social justice as well as a range of women's issues starting with her work at a senior account exec at Public Media Center and then as the director of Southpaw, a group of networked consultants offering communications and advertising assistance to nonprofit and advocacy efforts.
Nickolas Johnson, Policy Analyst
Nickolas Johnson is a Policy Analyst at the Oakland Institute and is currently focusing on land investment deals, food security, human rights, and the environment. He has written or assisted in the following articles and publications: Rigging the Rules: Unfair Land Deals in South Sudan; Your Land is My Land: Relocating 1.5 Million in Ethiopia; and Lives on Hold: The Impact of AgriSol's Land Deal in Tanzania.
Nickolas has previously worked in Washington D.C. for Oxfam America where he worked on its food justice campaign, GROW. He also lead over 2,000 Bay Area constituents for Oxfam's Action Corps, which focuses on grassroots advocacy.