Policy

Pepin Tuma
Team Team Member

Pepin Tuma, J.D.

Pepin 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

Mackenzie Battle
Team Team Member

Mackenzie Battle, J.D.

Mackenzie Battle supports GFI's litigation efforts and works on regulatory and policy issues affecting alternative proteins. Areas of expertise: regulatory advocacy, legal research and analysis, litigation

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 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.

Saira Weinzimmer
Team Team Member

Saira Weinzimmer

Saira manages projects for the Policy team, conducts research and analysis, and supports GFI’s legislative advocacy. Areas of expertise: project management, research, outreach

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

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