Friedman School Entrepreneurship Advisors

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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Name Title Organization Other Friedman/Tufts Work
Lauren Abda, MS Founder Branchfood Alumna
Carlos Barroso Senior Vice President - Global R&D and Quality Campbell Soup Company   
Wendy Behr Sr VP, Research & Development and Sustainability White Wave Foods Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
Richard Black, PhD Principle, Quadrant D Consulting; Visting Professor, Friedman School Quadrant D Consulting; Friedman School Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
Michael Blau, JD Partner Foley and Lardner, LLP Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
Kevin Boylan Co-Founder and Co-Chairman Veggie Grill  
Peter Boyce   General Catalyst  
Gerard Bridi President and CEO NutriSavings  
Jason Camm Chief Medical Officer Thiel Capital, LLC Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
Jessica Deckinger, MBA Chief Marketing Officer Adeo Health Science Lecturer in Nutrition and Entrepreneurship, Tufts Gordon Institute
Robert Egger Founder & CEO L.A. Kitchen  
Ryan Egger, MS Vice-President, Sales, Somalabs; President, Airchips USA Inc. Somalabs, Airchips USA, Inc. Alumni
David Eigen, JD Co-Manager P5 Health Ventures  
Jimena Florez Founder and CEO Chaak Health Snacks  
Neil Grimmer Founder and CEO Habit  
Jennifer Hashley, MS Director, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project; Eisenhower Agricultural Fellow; Farm Business Planning Consultant; Co-owner Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources; Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds  
Michael Hebb Teaching Fellow University of Washington Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
Irwin Heller Member Mintz Levin Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
Rick Henrikson, PhD CEO and Founder Ongo Science Inc  
Andrew Ive, MBA Managing Partner Food-X Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
Michael Karsch   The Juice Press, LLC Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
Alexander King, MBA Business Coach, MIT Enterprise Global Forum; Advisor, Tenequity Consulting, LLC.; Mentor, MIT Venture Mentor Service MIT; Tenequity Consulting, LLC.  
Alex Kopelyan, PharmD Program Director IndieBio  
Bill Layden Founder and Executive Vice President FoodMinds Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
Jim Miller Chief Mentor MassChallenge  
Danielle Nierenberg, MS President Food Tank Alumna
Sean O'Sullivan, BSEE Founder and Managing Partner SOSV  
Rebecca Parekh CEO White Radish  
Eve Turow Paul Consultant/Writer    
Mark Ranalli, MBA Executive Director, Tufts Gordon Institute; Associate Dean, School of Engineering; Professor of the Practice, Entrepreneurship Tufts University  
Micah Risk Co-Founder Lighter World Alumna
Ron Shigeta, PhD Chief Science Officer IndieBio  
Bob Stringer Founder and Principal Investor Crimson Seed Capital, LLC  
Latham Thomas, HHC, AADP Founder, Nutrition and Lifestyle Expert Mama Glow Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
Daina Trout CEO and co-founder Health-Ade Alumna
Matthew M. Whitney Vice President, Business Transformation Initiatives SYSCO Corporation  
Eugene Willemsen Executive Vice President, Global Categories & Franchise Management PepsiCo  
Jeffrey Zurofsky CEO and Cofounder 'Wichcraft and Riverpark Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
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