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Christina Aguila
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Christina Aguila

Christina works with GFI's university innovation team to build the alternative protein workforce needed to reimagine our protein supply. Areas of expertise: university programs, curriculum development, academic support, chemical engineering

Laura Clark
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Laura Clark

Laura serves as an Entrepreneurship Specialist, helping to position GFI as a valuable resource for emerging companies in the alternative proteins sector as they launch and scale. Areas of Expertise: entrepreneurship, strategic planning, team building, market validation, mentorship

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Priera Panescu

Priera Panescu is focused on analyzing plant-based meat and proteins and how to best expedite their progress. Areas of Expertise: food and agriculture systems, materials science, polymer chemistry, plant-based ingredients

Ryan Dowdy
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Ryan Dowdy

Ryan Dowdy spearheads technical analyses for GFI's Science & Technology department and oversees SciTech's Science & Technology Analysis Team (STAT). Areas of Expertise: food science, fermentation, technical analyses, forecasting and modeling, public speaking, data science

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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Bruce Friedrich

Bruce Friedrich directs GFI’s strategic planning and execution in the United States and globally. Areas of expertise: alternative proteins generally, GFI’s global programs and strategy, bicycling in heavy traffic.

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Zak Weston

Zak Weston works with manufacturers, suppliers, and upstream companies to scale innovation and infrastructure investment throughout the alternative protein supply chain. Areas of expertise: supply chains, infrastructure, ingredients, foodservice, and contract manufacturing.

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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.