Policy

Michael Ryan
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Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan manages GFI’s legislative initiatives and executive branch funding advocacy. Areas of expertise: Congress, appropriations, legislative procedure, legislative strategy.

Gabriel Wildgen
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Gabriel Wildgen

Gabriel Wildgen represents GFI on Capitol Hill as the organization’s federal lobbyist. Areas of expertise: Legislation, food law and policy, environmental protection, nonprofits, and strategic partnerships.

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Scott Weathers, MSc.

Scott Weathers leads GFI’s state-level lobbying efforts. Areas of expertise: public health, climate change, strategic partnerships, nonprofits, state legislatures.

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Lauren Stone

Lauren Stone manages the policy team's projects and plans and stewards GFI’s policy newsletter. Areas of expertise: the American food system, government oversight.

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Emily Hennessee

Emily Hennessee works on legislative and regulatory efforts related to alternative proteins and represents GFI as Innovation Lead for Action Track #2 of the United Nations Food Systems Summit. Areas of expertise: public health, food systems, sustainability, nonprofits.

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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.

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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.