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Rachel has always cared deeply about food, equity, sustainability, and the intersections between them. Throughout her career, she has worked with people experiencing homelessness, migrants, and refugees, and continues to be passionate about community advocacy and activism. Her experience has shown her first hand how food is a human rights issue which everyone deserves dignified access to.

Rachel spent most of her life in Colorado, and as a newbie to the Pacific Northwest, is excited to explore the beautiful outdoors. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, reading, cooking, yoga, and hanging out with her cat.

Neba is a dedicated CRM expert with an unwavering commitment to empowering organizations’ missions with innovative solutions and enhancing user experience. As an individual who is passionate about leveraging technology to drive positive change, Neba has been streamlining operations and maximizing impact through efficient CRM management for nearly a decade. His firm belief that technology can greatly amplify the impact of non-profit initiatives, directs his efforts and informs his contribution to The Non-GMO Project’s vision of an eco-friendly food system free from the shackles of shady corporatism.

In addition to his duties at The Non-GMO Project, the Cameroonian national is also an avid writer, photographer and painter with multiple international exhibitions under his belt. In his leisure time, Neba enjoys playing soccer and chess.

Brogan is proud to be part of the Standards & Verification team at the Non-GMO Project. Her passion for food and its role in the health of people and the planet is what drives her belief in the Project’s mission.

Her love of nature began in her grandmother’s garden and in the green woods of Norfolk, Connecticut. With a background in administrative support and data management, Brogan brings organization and strategic thinking to her work.

Brogan is a writer and artist. An avid reader, she views each day as an opportunity to learn more. She resides in the Hudson Valley with her husband and their beloved cat Penelope.

Jocelin was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is excited to be the first east-coast employee
with the Non- GMO Project Team!

Jocelin earned a BS in Environmental Studies and Policy from Florida State University.
Throughout her time at the university she became passionate about ecology and the impact
others had on the environment. Her previous work with environmental and health based
community organizations fired her passion for nonprofit work and enlightened her interest in
sustainable education. Her family is from Nicaragua where she hopes to visit soon. In her free
time she enjoys being outdoors hiking, kayaking, or visiting parks. When she’s not outside she
enjoys spending time with family and friends sewing, cooking, or reading.

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Claire has always been fond of the outdoors, and curious about our diverse ecosystems. She gained a passion for sustainability while attending Western Washington University and later took a focus in food systems after working on organic farms and in produce sales.

Aiming to know more about creating change in our food systems, she completed a Master’s in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy at Vermont Law School, and furthered her experience in sustainable farming while serving with AmeriCorps. Her passion for sustainability and food system transparency brought her to the Non-GMO Project, where she’s excited to contribute to the Standards and Verification team.

Outside of the office you can find her hiking, biking, exploring new recipes, and curling up with her two cats.

During her teenage years Alissa began interacting with the concepts of food systems, justice, and planetary and human health via disruptor documentaries of the day such as Food Inc., Forks Over Knives, Super Size Me, and of course, a host of Michael Pollan literature. She was startled to find that she was never taught about these issues in her conventional school education. This awakening led to a holistic lifestyle shift at the time—much to the dismay of her midwestern family. That shift stuck and over the years has morphed into a full-blown passion for conscious consumerism, slow-process goods, awareness, transparency, and advocacy that informs everything about how she lives her life.

After graduating college with a degree in Visual Journalism and gaining career experience via a host of community-based marketing jobs, she was ready to take a deeper dive into the food justice and transparency issues that inspired her from the start. She was thrilled to have found a fitting position at the Non-GMO Project.

When not at work, you can find Alissa perusing local farmers markets, curled up with a coffee and a book, or off exploring with her dog, Willow.

Originally from the North coast of California, Oryx has been in Bellingham since 2010, drawn to the area by family connections. In previous roles Oryx has had the opportunity to balance the practical and the philosophical, and the fascinating and often unexpected overlap between them. This love of duality and intersection is what drew Oryx to Human Resources. 

Coming from a family of activists, artists, authors, and regenerative farmers, the Non-GMO Project has been a household name for Oryx since its beginning during her teen years. The opportunity to become part of the Project was one that she couldn’t pass up! Outside of work, Oryx is an oil painter, knitter, and general homebody who loves nothing more than to be with her husband and baby, and their ridiculous dog. 

As the daughter of an agricultural economist/author and a graphic designer, Jade thrives in the space where food, analytics, and a well-delivered design collide. Since 2004, Jade has covered the food system working locally in regenerative agriculture, farm wholesale, the natural foods industry, micro-distribution, food policy, sales, marketing, and most of the spaces in between.

Jade holds a BA in Food Systems, with a dual minor in Environmental Policy and Entrepreneurship, and a Master’s in Public Administration. She most recently had the great pleasure of providing communications for the Nooksack Indian Tribe, whose ancestral lands we work and live on today. One big thing: Make the world a better place. Every. Single. Day.

Growing up as a global nomad, Shruti's had an interest in mission-driven organizations. While in grad school, the clean label movement sparked Shruti's curiosity to study the shift in purchase behavior as consumers demand cleaner and transparent ingredients without compromising on quality and nutritional benefits. Through this, Shruti soon found her way to the Non-GMO Project.

In her role, Shruti is looking forward to leveraging digital best practices to help drive key marketing objectives. As a digital marketer, Shruti thrives working in a cross-functional environment and wearing different hats.

Aside from work, Shruti enjoys taking strolls, being outdoors, and exploring local coffee shops.

Growing up in the hills and forests of upstate NY I had a love for the outdoors from a young age.  Curiosity, and a need to see more of the world brought me to the Pacific Northwest and lovely Bellingham.  A lifelong snow lover, I was blown away by the mountains and spent the next decade at Mt. Baker Ski area working on my goggle tan.  I studied Environmental Policy at Western Washington University eager to join the effort to preserve the fragile ecosystems that have brought me so much joy.  I look forward to this opportunity to work with like minded people and serve our global community.

Born in the Puget Sound to a family of Scandinavian fishermen and foodies, James has an inherent, deep-seated passion for all things food and the land that provides it. At the surface, his educational path has led him to explore other avenues, from a BSc. in Finance from BI University in Oslo to an MSc. in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Nevertheless, his professional and personal experiences have remained rooted in the food space, and he
has naturally sought ways to intersect these experiences with his educational pursuits.

Before joining the Non-GMO Project, James worked with an Oslo-based restaurant chain developed in collaboration with a global charity organization to create a “buy one, give one” model addressing food insecurity among school-aged children in Africa. In this role, James crafted marketing programs to scale the company’s social and environmental impact and educate local populations about the role consumer choice plays in the ecological and social facets of the food system.

After many years abroad, James made his way back to the Pacific Northwest to join the Non-GMO Project. His work at the Project encompasses program refinement and expansion while simultaneously integrating pathways to broaden and deepen the Project’s impact on people and the planet.

In his spare time, you can find James cooking, pickling, baking bread, sewing, plucking his Appalachian Lap dulcimer, or exploring the wet and wonderful woods of the Northwest.

Treaneva spent her childhood exploring the wildlands of the South Coast of Oregon, helping her family to build a homestead in pursuit of off-grid living, and wandering the woods and oceans in search of fresh oysters and chanterelles. Living in an environment where most food was sourced locally, if not in her family's own garden, it was evident that the interconnectedness of soil and table represented a delicate balance.

While studying Social Justice and Cultures at Seattle Pacific University and spending the early years of her career working in communications and administration for start-ups in the Midwest, she found herself gravitating towards curiosity around human rights and realizing the relationship between social and food systems was challenged in the rust belt much in the same way as in the Pacific Northwest, witnessing in rural and urban communities a throughline of struggle towards food equity and sustainable access, as well as the vital importance of nutrition to the pursuit of systemic change.

Ultimately a desire to again be close to the ocean and mountains called her back to Washington state, where she found the opportunity to work for a small brand dedicated to transparency in giving practices, then directed her focus during the onset of the pandemic to nonprofit work and community needs at home in Whatcom county, providing case management for families facing housing instability. Seeing the needs of individuals rippled out farther than her own community, layered in intersectionality, and finding like-minded folks at the Non-GMO Project she enthusiastically joined in the mission!

At the Project you can find her among the CX team, excited to meet you along the way as a passionate amplifier of what impact we can achieve as co-facilitators and a community of changemakers.

Sam is very excited to join the Non-GMO Project as part of the business development team.

Sam grew up on a small farm in the Pacific Northwest where he had a direct connection to the food that he ate. This sparked his interest in food systems, which only continued to grow as he spent more time working in agriculture. Sam recently graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Business and Marketing. He wants to utilize his skills in sales and marketing coupled with his passion for food systems to improve transparency for consumers.

When not at work, Sam enjoys being active outdoors. This includes things like snowboarding, mountaineering, and surfing. When not spending time outdoors, he keeps himself busy by sewing and making art.

With an academic background in English and a deep appreciation for the natural world, Marlo is passionate about using written language as a tool for truth-saying and advocacy for environmental causes and the natural world. Marlo believes that language and the arts can be used as tools to repair humanity’s relationship with the natural world, and that the natural world can inspire language and the arts: a symbiotic relationship she sees as central to what it means to be human. She came to the Non-GMO Project after years of working for various federal land management jurisdictions, and likes to spend her time walking in the woods, reading, making music, foraging, and cooking.

I have always had an inherent passion for food, community, and sustainability. I grew up in southwest Washington, where I spent most of my summers swimming in my grandparents’ pool and picking fresh veggies and berries from their abundant gardens. This passion was nurtured during the time I spent as a server at various restaurants in Washington and Oregon, where I was able to cultivate robust communication skills and gain more insight into how food was being sourced, prepared and delivered to consumers.

This eventually led me back to school to pursue my ultimate goal, which is to provide a creative space for community members to learn, share, play, collaborate and educate. I graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s in Business & Sustainability as well as a concentration in energy studies. Through my education, I collaborated on many student-led projects, one being Project ZeNETH, which started the groundwork for the first zero net energy tiny home on Western’s campus.

My husband Owen and I share two kiddos, a cat, and dog. Our family loves to go outside to play in the garden, float on paddle boards, and run on the endless trails here in the PNW. When we cannot go outside, we bake! 

As a Client Experience Associate at the Non-GMO project, I am excited to strengthen my ability to build relationships with the greater community as well as share the passion of knowing what is in our food, and where it comes from.

Brittany O'Brien won a logo design contest for a bank in the 4th grade.

Since then (and after receiving her BFA in graphic design and advertising), Brittany has worked with an impressive number of clients in a wide range of industries. In her 15 years of post-collegiate experience, she has helped launch many startup brands as well as guiding established clients. She has landed coverage in print and broadcast outlets around the northwest and beyond, including King 5, Bellingham Alive, Apartment Therapy, and Martha Stewart.

Brittany is the Non-GMO Project Chief Executive of Marketing & Communications. She's a problem solver, relationship builder, super collaborator, and strategic thinker. Brittany's favorite aspect of design work is bringing people and brands together through visual communications that help businesses grow, cultivates connections, and builds trust. It is with great excitement that Brittany joins the Non-GMO Project in designing a future where consumers can make informed choices.

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