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, N12 Founder, Co-Founder Branchfood, Branch Venture Group  
Carlos Barroso President CJB and Associates  
Wendy Behr Head of Global Beverage Development Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
Richard Black, PhD Principal, Quadrant D Consulting; Visiting 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, PowerPlant Ventures  
Peter Boyce II   General Catalyst  
Gerard Bridi President and CEO NutriSavings  
Shawn Broderick Chief Acceleration Officer SOSV  
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
Leslie Durso Plant Based Chef and Healthy Living Advocate Leslie Durso Inc.  
Robert Egger Founder and CEO L.A. Kitchen  
Ryan Egger, MS, A14, N17 Vice-President, Sales, Somalabs; President, Airchips USA Inc. Somalabs, Airchips USA, Inc.  
David L. 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, Ph.D CEO and Founder Ongo Science Inc  
Andrew Ive, MBA Founder Big Idea Ventures Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
Michael Karsch   The Juice Press, LLC Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
Zain Kassam, MD, MPH Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer Finch Therapeutics Group  
Patricia Kearney, Med, RD, G78 President & CEO PMK Associates, Inc.  
Alexander King, MBA Director, Strategy, Insights & Analytics; Mentor, MIT Venture Mentor Service Eastman  
Alex Kopelyan, PharmD Program Director IndieBio  
Bill Layden Founder and Executive Vice President FoodMinds Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
Jon McIntyre, PhD Head of Research and Development Indigo  
Jim Miller Chief Mentor MassChallenge  
Danielle Nierenberg, MS, N01 President Food Tank  
Sean O'Sullivan, BSEE Founder and Managing Partner SOSV Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
Rebecca Parekh Founder & CEO THE WELL  
Eve Turow Paul Consultant/Writer    
David Radlo, A86 Independent Director, Partner, Executive Coach Partner, RB Markets-AchieveMost; Former Partner-Born Free, Eggland's Best & Vicam  
Mark Ranalli, MBA      
Micah Risk, MS, N13 Co-Founder and Head of Product, Lighter Inc. Lighter Inc.  
Ron Shigeta, PhD CSO Wild Earth Pets  
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, NG07 CEO and Co-Founder Health-Ade  
Uma Valeti CEO and Co-Founder Memphis Meats  
Peter Van-Dael Senior Vice President, Nutrition Science and Advocacy DSM Nutritional Products  
Matthew M. Whitney Vice President, Business Transformation Initiatives SYSCO Corporation  
Eugène 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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