Corporate Engagement

Jody Kirchner
Team Team Member

Jody Kirchner

Jody Kirchner leads GFI's market research and consumer insights function, providing actionable data to accelerate the alternative protein industry. Areas of expertise: consumer insights, market research & analysis, food industry, growth strategy, innovation

Abby Sewell
Team Team Member

Abby Sewell

Abby serves as GFI’s Corporate Engagement Manager, supporting food manufacturers and other food companies upstream to inspire and accelerate their shift toward alternative protein. Areas of expertise: CPG marketing, consumer insights, brand strategy, strategic partnerships, social impact

Taylor Leet-Otley
Team Team Member

Taylor Leet-Otley

Taylor Leet-Otley oversees GFI's consumer research, keeping the organization and the industry in touch with consumers' needs & beliefs in the fast-moving alternative protein category. Areas of Expertise: Consumer insights, market strategy, branding & marketing

Kimberly Taylor
Team Team Member

Kimberly Taylor

Kimberly assists the CE team by orchestrating the CE newsletter suite, databases, and industry-focused events and webinar series. Areas of Expertise: business operations, start-ups, plant-based retail & food service landscape, project management

Tessa Hale
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Tessa Hale

Tessa works to catalyze a shift to a more sustainable and just food system by overseeing the corporate engagement team’s direct engagement efforts and supporting strategy development and implementation. Areas of expertise: team building, strategic planning and implementation, fostering collaboration among diverse stakeholders, policy and systems change

Ben Pierce
Team Team Member

Ben Pierce

Ben supports GFI's Corporate Engagement team as a Research Analyst, working to develop data-driven insights within the alternative protein industry. Areas of expertise: CPG sales/marketing, market trends, consumer & category insights, data analysis, project management

Laura Clark
Team Expert

Laine Clark

Laine serves as Senior Corporate Engagement Manager, Innovation, helping to position GFI as a valuable resource for emerging and established alternative protein companies. Areas of expertise: entrepreneurship, fundraising, commercialization, strategic planning, team building, and market validation

Sharyn Murray
Team Team Member

Sharyn Murray, CFA

Sharyn Murray crafts and executes strategies to support investors' exploration of and investment in the alternative protein industry. Areas of expertise: relationship development, public speaking, project management, investment research.

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Emma Ignaszewski

Emma Ignaszewski oversees the corporate engagement team’s industry intelligence and initiatives to catalyze corporate innovation that will radically transform the food system and deliver alternative protein products that compete on the key drivers of consumer choice: taste, price, and convenience. Areas of expertise: alternative protein market landscape, research & analysis, strategy, marketing & communications, alt protein sustainability & climate impacts.