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Alan Lewis

Alan Lewis navigates government affairs and food and agriculture policy for Natural Grocers, a Colorado-based health food chain founded in 1955 with over 150 stores in 19 states.  At the federal, state and local level, Alan engages on food, agriculture, nutrition, rural economic development, blockchain, trade and health issues. Alan is active in several trade and advocacy organizations and has been a speaker and panelist at many events, including a talk at TEDx Boulder in 2014. Long a student... Read more

Alisa Gravitz

For nearly 30 years, Alisa Gravitz has led Green America, the national green economy organization.  Green America (formerly Co-op America) develops marketplace solutions to social and environmental problems with a key focus on tackling climate change, building fair trading systems, stopping corporate abuse and growing the green economy.  Green America’s major events and publications include Green Festivals,National Green Pages and Green American. Green America operates the nation’s largest... Read more

Errol Schweizer

Errol Schweizer was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. With more than 20 years in the natural and organic food movement, including food cooperatives, CSA programs and farmers markets, he led the national grocery program at Whole Foods Market for over seven years. He was responsible for the merchandising and products assortment for over 80 categories and $5 billion in annual sales. His team helped dozens of innovative companies become household names and popularized trends such as Grassfed, ... Read more

John Foraker

John Foraker is the Co-founder and CEO of Once Upon A Farm, a company on a mission to build a purpose-driven brand focused on reinventing a number of kid-food categories in the US toward better health and nutrition while driving significant positive social and environmental impact. Prior to his new start-up, John spent more than 30 years in the natural and organic food industry running businesses with a sharp focus on sustainability and social responsibility. John was the longtime leader of A... Read more

Kia Ruiz

Kia Ruiz is an environmental and economic resiliency consultant in the Denver area. Kia earned her B.S. in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University. She holds certificates in Graduate Teaching from Florida International University and GIS with a focus on pedagogy. Her passion has been in conveying scientific information to non-scientific audiences. In 2014, Kia was a strategist, new media coordinator, and interim Director of the Colorado GMO Labeling effort.  Kia dedicates her time... Read more

Maureen Kirkpatrick

Maureen is one of seventy members of The Big Carrot Natural Food Market, a worker-owned cooperative retailer in downtown Toronto, Canada. The Big Carrot is Ontario’s first certified organic retailer and one of the founding members of the Non-GMO Project. In her role as Standards Coordinator and Chair of the Standards Committee Maureen is responsible for reviewing incoming products, staff and store education, as well as promoting the numerous sustainable food initiatives that the Big Carr... Read more

Megan Westgate

After years of passionate food advocacy, Megan helped launch the Non-GMO Project in 2006. She became Executive Director in 2007 and has been hard at work to protect the future of non-GMO food ever since. As a national thought leader on the non-GMO issue, Megan is a highly respected speaker and has been featured in numerous national publications and forums. In addition to the Non-GMO Project, her passions in life include her young children, Robin Wilder and Riverley, and the organic perma... Read more

Nicole Atchison

Nicole Atchison is responsible for leading innovation across the PURIS portfolio of companies including ingredient technologies, processing technologies, seed genetic strategy, and channel strategy. PURIS cultivates a spectrum of pure, plant-based foods and ingredients from U.S.-based organic and non-GMO sources. Nicole joined PURIS in 2017 to support growth and innovation across business units. PURIS™ is a family-owned company founded in 1985 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Built with intention over 30 ... Read more

Vimal Ramjee

Dr. Vimal Ramjee is a Senior Staff Cardiologist at the Chattanooga Heart Institute with Memorial Hospital, and a Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist. A nationally recognized heart disease expert, Dr. Ramjee has been awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association for his groundbreaking work. His scientific contributions to the field have been awarded several nationally competitive accolades, including the Young Investigator Awards from the American Col... Read more

Craig McCook

Craig grew up on a small farm in Oregon where he developed an appreciation for sustainable and healthy foods and a love for the outdoors. After college, he joined the Peace Corps and worked with small farmers in Latvia, helping them adapt to a new economic system and go organic. He is excited to bring a passion for sustainable agriculture to his work with the Non-GMO Project. After earning his MBA, Craig managed the local office of an NGO in Azerbaijan before deciding to return to the US and ... Read more

Oryx Battiste

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... Read more

Jade Vantreese

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 ... Read more

Salah Hammad

Born in Jordan but raised in Seattle, Salah has always been a huge proponent of championing diversity through education. He holds both a BA in Marketing from Seattle University and a MS in Digital Media Marketing from Gonzaga. During his time there, Salah focused his research on relationship marketing and its influence on consumer purchase decisions. Prior the Non-GMO Project, Salah had worked in the automotive remarketing industry for five years, where he had specialized in B2B marketing. Duri... Read more

Nathanael Elongo

I moved to the United States in 2010, landed in the Pacific Northwest, and fell in love with the beautiful outdoor/indoor activities it has to offer. I am a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a BA in Human Resource Management and a minor in Economics. I am very passionate about advocating for Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, and discussions and strive to apply that in both my professional and personal life.  Prior to joining the Non-GMO Project, I worked as... Read more

Cameron Kinsey

Growing up in Texas, Cameron developed a passion for conscious consumerism and the environment at a young age. To pursue this interest, she moved up to Seattle from Houston to work toward a degree in Environmental Science at the University of Washington. During her college years she worked with a company that used technologies such as blockchain to create more transparent and sustainable supply chains. This greatly contributed to her interest in how businesses can support sustainable living and ... Read more

Mckenna Norland

Mckenna grew up in eastern Washington, in a small town known for its apples. In search of evergreens and the ocean, she moved to Bellingham to study at Western Washington University. Her interest in non-gmo, local, and organic food stems from her passion for wellness. While studying bio-cultural diversity in Nepal, she became interested in understanding cultural differences in wellness practices, and local food sources, and how to preserve those differences to allow people to thrive in their u... Read more