Expert

Ilya Sheyman
Team Expert

Ilya Sheyman

Ilya leads all aspects of GFI-U.S.’s programmatic and administrative operations, working alongside the U.S. leadership team to ensure GFI is executing towards maximal impact in transforming our food system while building an inclusive, equitable culture where every team member can thrive. Areas of expertise: strategic plan implementation, program leadership, infrastructure and operations

Kelley McGill, J.D.
Team Expert

Kelley McGill, J.D.

Kelley McGill represents GFI on Capitol Hill as one of the organization’s federal lobbyists. Areas of expertise: legislative research and drafting, food law, agricultural and environmental policy, strategy development.

Carolyn Englar
Team Expert

Carolyn Englar

Carolyn Englar crafts compelling stories to advance alternative proteins and transform the global food system. Areas of expertise: global communications, media strategy, public relations, relationship management

Christina Aguila
Team Expert

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
Team Expert

Laine Clark

Laine serves as an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Manager, 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

Bruce Friedrich
Team Board Member

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.

Zak Weston
Team Expert

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.

Maia Keerie
Team Expert

Maia Keerie

Maia Keerie oversees GFI’s media relations and thought leadership campaigns and works with leading U.S. and international news outlets to elevate alternative proteins within the media. Areas of expertise: strategic communications, media management, journalism.