SRAP is pleased to welcome to the team two new employees: Eric Stack, development manager, and Teresa Mitchell Clausen, regional representative.
A native Pennsylvanian, Eric lived most of his life in the northeastern part of the state before relocating to Philadelphia for college.
Eric began a career in development and joined the advancement team at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (better known as the Mütter Museum). He joins SRAP from the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked in operations for Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations.
Eric is passionate about climate and economic justice, and believes building community-driven, sustainable food systems is the only way to save our planet and cultivate an equitable society.
“I am honored to join SRAP and support the vitally important work of building socially responsible food systems that prioritize equity, public health, and protect natural resources. We must move away from the exploitative industry that extracts resources from rural communities and our planet, and pursue community-led solutions to ensure a sustainable food future.”
A native Oregonian, Teresa grew up working in agriculture. She comes from a family that embraced organic and holistic practices which sparked her passion for the ethical treatment of people, animals, and the environment.
With family roots tied to generations of farmers in the Midwest, Teresa has vivid memories of seeing large concentrated animal feeding operations while visiting relatives.
So, when she met a land scout for a large company and discovered one was being built right next door to her home, it became not only personal, but all-encompassing since she was so familiar with the demographics and biodiversity of Oregon’s Santiam Canyon.
“Poverty spreads across our global communities taking on many forms. Social injustices affecting economics, food distribution, our rights to good health and a safe environment have become a perpetual epidemic. Having the opportunity to join SRAP in empowering community members through education and self-advocacy is helping me to become a better human. We all deserve the chance to be heard.”
Teresa holds a Bachelor of Arts in social science with a concentration in history, and a minor in anthropology from Western Oregon University. She’s a mother of three and a grandmother of three. Teresa currently resides in Aumsville, Oregon, with her husband, two goats (Ricky and Lucy), and a German Shepard named Thor.
SRAP informs and educates the general public about the negative effects of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)—also known as factory farms—while working directly with U.S. communities impacted by this destructive form of industrial animal agriculture. Through public education, issue advocacy, and local community organizing, SRAP empowers rural residents to protect their public health, environmental quality, natural resources and local economies from the damaging impacts of factory farms. For more information on SRAP, visit www.sraproject.org.