Policy

Curt Chaffin
Team Team Member

Curt Chaffin, J.D.

Curt contributes to creating a better future of food by inspiring and growing our policy team. Areas of expertise: strategic planning, management, environmental law

Penny Eastman
Team Team Member

Penny Eastman

Penny helps to create a sustainable, secure, and just food system by advancing alternative proteins in Congress. Areas of expertise: government relations, lobbying, legislation

Drake Jamali
Team Team Member

Drake Jamali

Drake leads the Policy Department’s state legislative efforts and campaigns for public research to accelerate progress on alternative proteins. Areas of expertise: state legislation, research, coalition building

Michael Carter
Team Team Member

Michael Carter

Michael supports the Policy 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

Shira Fischer
Team Team Member

Shira Fischer

Shira provides support to GFI’s policy team to level the regulatory playing field for alternative proteins. Areas of expertise: regulatory processes, policy research, project management

Madeline Cohen
Team Team Member

Madeline Cohen

Madeline Cohen works on regulatory and policy issues affecting cultivated meat and plant-based foods. Areas of expertise: regulatory landscape, domestic policy, and litigation

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Team Expert

Laura Braden, J.D.

Laura Braden works on domestic and global regulatory issues affecting cultivated meat and plant-based foods. Areas of expertise: U.S. and global regulation, patents, litigation.

Jessica Almy, J.D.
Team Expert

Jessica Almy, J.D.

Jessica Almy, J.D., leads GFI’s Policy team in setting legislative and regulatory strategy to promote fair policies and public research for plant-based, cultivated, and fermented foods. Areas of expertise: regulation, legislation, science and public policy, public health, environmental law, food policy.