Policy & Government Relations

Pepin Tuma
Team Team Member

Pepin Andrew Tuma, J.D.

Pepin Andrew Tuma leads GFI's legislative team in advancing state and federal legislative initiatives that remove hurdles and leverage resources to promote progress on alternative proteins. Areas of expertise: legislative advocacy, food and nutrition policy, coalition building, campaign strategy

Valerie Burton
Team Team Member

Valerie Burton

Valerie contributes to many exciting policy initiatives by providing research assistance, coordinating weekly and monthly reporting, assisting advocacy and outreach, and keeping the DC office running smoothly. Areas of expertise: administrative and logistical support, proofreading/copyediting

Margaret Badding
Team Team Member

Margaret Badding

Margaret supports the Policy and Government Relations team by researching policy opportunities and using persuasive writing to engage decision-makers, partner organizations, and the public to advance alternative proteins. Areas of expertise: Research and analysis, content creation, environmental policy.

Michael Carter
Team Team Member

Michael Carter

Michael supports the Policy and Government Relations team by providing original writing and analysis in support of alternative protein development and deployment. Areas of expertise: research and analysis, content creation, electoral politics

Team Team Member

Maille O’Donnell

Maille O’Donnell works to embolden public support for alternative protein commercialization and ensure that agency funders and industry stakeholders have access to accurate information about the alternative protein industry and public resource landscape. Areas of expertise: Alternative protein commercial landscape, environmental science and policy, project management