Team Member

Lucas Eastham
Team Expert

Lucas Eastham

Lucas Eastham is focused on analyzing fermentation technologies, and progressing their applications in the alternative protein industry. Areas of expertise: microbial biotechnology, upstream strain and process development, downstream process development, bioprocess product commercialization

Matt Hotze, Ph.D.
Team Team Member

Matt Hotze, Ph.D.

Matt Hotze serves as a leading learner who oversees operations of the Science & Technology Department; he identifies and removes roadblocks as the team builds out the ever-expanding map of alternative protein research. Areas of expertise: team building and leadership, nanotechnology, water treatment, scientific publishing, e-biking across Houston

Liz Fathman
Team Team Member

Liz Fathman

Liz leads the editorial and engagement team within Comms to steward and strengthen GFI’s owned and social channels, earned media work, and events and community engagement. Areas of expertise: strategic communications, content creation and storytelling, publishing, ethnography, small-scale agriculture, regional food production

Chethana Biliyar
Team Team Member

Chethana Biliyar

Chethana Biliyar manages finance and administration, providing cross-cutting operations support to the Collaborative Assistance Team. Areas of expertise: finance, administration, USG international procurement and grants management, policy and procedure implementation, training

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

Evelina Erickson
Team Team Member

Evelina Erickson

Evelina leads GFI’s US-based philanthropy team developing and implementing mission-driven fundraising strategy and providing guidance to donors and families who want to make a meaningful impact on alt-protein outcomes Areas of expertise: nurturing donor relationships, fund development, innovative gift solutions, donor engagement, metrics development and evaluation