Friedman School Entrepreneurship Advisors

Advisors discuss the entrepreneurship contest entries
Members of the Entrepreneurship Advisor group deliberating at the Friedman School to choose the winners in the first-ever Food & Nutrition Entrepreneurship contest. 

The food system now plays the single largest role in both health and the environment, and these effects further contribute to disparities, reduced national security, strangled government budgets, and reduced competitiveness of US businesses.  We now have cutting-edge science on food and policy that allows us to begin to fix this national nutrition crisis.

Entrepreneurship and innovation are core parts of the solution.  The Friedman School is creating a hub of nutrition entrepreneurship, where students, scientists, companies small and large, Advisors, and funders can come together to create new solutions for a healthier, sustainable, equitable food supply.  Our Advisors are successful business and social entrepreneurs who provide, based on their own time and interest, guidance to the School, our amazing students and faculty, and fledgling companies; as well as to link with our rapidly growing network of other successful Advisors.

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  • Lauren Abda, MS, N12Founder, Branchfood; Co-Founder, Branch Venture Group
  • Carlos Barroso—President, CJB and Associates
  • Wendy Behr, N15Vice-President, Coffee and Packaging Innovation, Keurig Dr. Pepper, Inc.; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Richard Black, PhD—Principal, Quadrant D Consulting; Adjunct Professor, Friedman School; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Michael Blau, JD, N12PPartner, Foley and Lardner LLP; Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
  • Peter Boyce II—General Catalyst
  • Kevin Boylan—Co-Founder, Veggie Grill; Managing Partner, PowerPlant Ventures
  • Gerard Bridi—Former President and CEO, NutriSavings; Entrepreneurship and Startup Advisor
  • Shawn Broderick—Chief Acceleration Officer and General Partner, SOSV; Managing Director, Food-X and dLab
  • Jason Camm—Chief Medical Officer, Thiel Capital LLC; Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
  • Jessica Deckinger, MBA—Chief Marketing Officer, Humana EDGE
  • Jack Derby—Director, TEC-Tufts Entrepreneurship Center; Cummings Family Chair Professor of Entrepreneurship, Tufts University
  • Leslie Durso—Vegan Chef & Wellness Expert, Leslie Durso Inc.
  • Robert Egger—Former Founder and CEO, L.A. Kitchen
  • Ryan Egger, MS, A14, N17Vice-President, Somalabs; President, Airchips USA Inc.
  • David L. Eigen, JD—Co-Manager, P5 Health Ventures
  • Jimena Florez—Founder and CEO, Chaak Health Snacks
  • Neil Grimmer—Founder, Habit; Co-Founder, Plum Organics
  • Jennifer Hashley, MS, AG05—Director of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Friedman School
  • Michael Hebb—Teaching Fellow, University of Washington; Founder, Convivium/One Pot; Partner, Roundglass; Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
  • Irwin Heller, A67, A98PMember, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
  • Rick Henrikson, Ph.D—CEO and Founder, Ongo Science Inc.
  • Andrew Ive, MBA—Founder, Big Idea Ventures; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Kellee James, MBA—Founder & CEO, Mercaris
  • Michael Karsch, A90, F91The Juice Press, LLC; Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors; Trustee, Tufts University
  • Zain Kassam, MD, MPH—Co-Founder & Executive VP; Clinical Development & Translational Medicine, Finch Therapeutics Group
  • Patricia Kearney, MEd, RD, N78, AG81President & CEO, PMK Associates, Inc.; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Alexander King, MBA—Director, Strategy, Insights & Analytics, Eastman; Mentor, MIT Venture Mentor Service
  • Alex Kopelyan, PharmD—Program Director, IndieBio
  • Bill Layden—Former Founder, Food Minds LLC; Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
  • Jon McIntyre, PhD—CEO, Motif Ingredients
  • Jim Miller—Chief Mentor, MassChallenge
  • Ayr Muir—Founder & CEO, Clover Food Lab
  • Danielle Nierenberg, MS, N01President, Food Tank
  • Fiorenzo Omenetto—Director, Silklab; Dean for Research, Tufts School of Engineering
  • Sean O'Sullivan, BSEE; Founder and Managing Partner, SOSV; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Kevin Jyo OyeE79 —Interim Executive Director, Gordon Institute; Director, M.S. in Innovation & Management Program Professor of the Practice, Tufts University
  • Rebecca Parekh—Founder & CEO, THE WELL
  • Eve Turow Paul—Consultant/Writer
  • David Radlo, A86Executive Coach | Professional Board Member | CEO, RB Markets-Achievemost Formerly Founder | President and CEO, Radlo Foods (Egg-Land's Best-Born Free)
  • Mark Ranalli, MBA—Dean, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship; Montana State University
  • Micah Risk, MS, N13Co-Founder and Head of Product, Lighter Inc.
  • Tom Shields—Founder, NetGravity and Yieldex
  • Ron Shigeta, PhD—CSO, Wild Earth Pets
  • Rajiv Srinath—Co-Founder and Managing Partner, MNI Partners LLC
  • Akhil Srivastava—Head of Strategic Execution, Indigo; Co-Founder, Pyur Solutions
  • Bob Stringer—CEO, Crimson Seed Capital LLC
  • Latham Thomas, HHC, AADP—Founder, Nutrition and Lifestyle Expert, Mama Glow; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Daina Trout, PhD, N07, MG07, NG07CEO and Co-Founder, Health-Ade
  • Uma Valeti—CEO and Co-Founder, Memphis Meats
  • Peter Van-Dael—Senior Vice President, DSM Nutritional Products
  • Matthew M. Whitney—Vice President, Transformation, SYSCO Corporation
  • Eugène Willemsen—Executive Vice President, Global Categories & Franchise Management, PepsiCo; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Jeffrey Zurofsky; CEO and Cofounder, No Small Plans LLC, 'Wichcraft and Riverpark; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council


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