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Penny Eastman
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Penny Eastman

Penny helps to create a sustainable, secure, and just food system by advancing alternative proteins in Congress. Areas of expertise: government relations, lobbying, legislation

Dominic Scicchitano
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Dominic Scicchitano

Dominic provides administrative and project management support for the Communications team’s thought leadership, messaging, and multi-sector engagement efforts. Areas of expertise: writing and editing, project management, community-based and participatory research, communications and engagement rooted in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice

Hanna Barlow
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Hanna Barlow

Hanna works with GFI’s university innovation team to support The Alt Protein Project. Areas of expertise: food systems, biology, community-building, curriculum development, improv and sketch comedy

Drake Jamali
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Drake Jamali

Drake leads the Policy Department’s state legislative efforts and campaigns for public research to accelerate progress on alternative proteins. Areas of expertise: state legislation, research, coalition building

Asia Sheehab
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Asia Sheehab

Asia works with GFI’s university innovation team to support The Alt Protein Project. Areas of expertise: nutrition, biology, food policy, community-building, project management

Emily Giroux
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Emily Giroux

Emily Giroux supports print and digital asset production for GFI’s communications team. Areas of expertise: project management, process development, asset organization, quality control, communications, writing

Ben Pierce
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Ben Pierce

Ben supports GFI's Corporate Engagement team as a Research Analyst, working to develop data-driven insights within the alternative protein industry. Areas of expertise: CPG sales/marketing, market trends, consumer & category insights, data analysis, project management

Simone Costa, PhD
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Simone Costa, Ph.D.

Simone Costa oversees SciTech's Science and Technology Analysis (STAT) team to evaluate and advance technological readiness across alternative protein platforms. Areas of expertise: strategic planning, biomolecular and protein engineering, product development, commercial roadmapping, relationship building

Michael Carter
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Michael Carter

Michael supports the Policy team by providing original writing and analysis in support of alternative protein development and deployment. Areas of expertise: research and analysis, content creation, electoral politics