Team Member

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Priera Panescu

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

Ryan Dowdy
Team Expert

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

Jacalyn Webster
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Jacalyn Webster

Jacalyn coordinates the Philanthropy team’s work and supports the Associate Director of Philanthropy. Areas of Expertise: Event and project management, sustainable agriculture, plant-based cooking, nutrition education

Susan Bachar
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Susan Bachar

Susan Bachar builds partnerships with GFI’s constituents in support of its mission to accelerate alternative protein innovation globally. Areas of expertise: Non-profit fundraising, communications, management, public affairs/policy advocacy.

Michael Ryan
Team Expert

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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Kaitlin Grady

Kaitlin Grady builds partnerships with GFI's constituents in support of its mission to accelerate alternative protein innovation globally. Areas of expertise: development strategy, programmatic evaluation, international affairs, cello & music composition.

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.

Team Team Member

Victoria Wheeler

Victoria Wheeler builds GFI’s base of financial support through our annual fund. Areas of expertise: Agriculture and natural resources, community farms, project management, donor communications.

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.