Wenonah Hauter is an activist, author and progressive policy advocate. She is the founder and executive director of Food & Water Watch, an organization that, under her leadership, has fundamentally transformed the national debate about hydraulic fracturing (fracking), energy and the environment.
Wenonah has three decades of experience campaigning and writing on food, water, energy and environmental issues. She has played leading roles in successful campaigns to ban fracking in New York, label genetically modified foods, protect public water systems from privatization and promote renewable energy. She has trained and mentored hundreds of organizers and activists across the country and worked at the national, state and local levels to develop policy positions and legislative and field strategies to secure real wins for communities and the environment.
Charlie Marshall grew up on his family's farm and their restaurant on Lummi Island, in Washington State. He worked in the family restaurant from the age of 12 - a career path he has continued along ever since. Charlie's parents' restaurant naturally used many ingredients from their own island farm and from an early age he was lucky enough (though he didn't realize how lucky at the time) to eat and cook locally, seasonally, and sustainably. When it came time to open his own restaurant he wanted to emulate that, while still making it a fun, casual experience.
Charlie opened The Marshal, his casual NYC farm-to-table restaurant, in the fall of 2013, to great success and is currently working on opening his second restaurant, Dianne & Elisabeth in late summer of 2016.
Elise H. Golan is the Director for Sustainable Development for USDA. In this role, she provides leadership in planning, coordinating, and analyzing the Department's various policies, programs and activities that impact and relate to sustainable agricultural, natural resource, and community development including food security.
Prior to this position, Elise served as the Associate Director of the Food Economics Division at the Economic Research Service, USDA. She received her Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of California at Berkeley and completed a post-doctorate fellowship focusing on environmental economics at the University of Haifa, Israel. Before joining USDA, Elise did consulting work for, among others, the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, and the California Department of Finance. She served as a senior staff economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1998-99.
Dr. Golan’s research has spanned a wide range of sustainability issues, including land tenure and sustainable land management in the Sahel and West Africa; rice-straw burning and sustainable land management in California; regional and U.S. food-system modeling; food labeling and market development; food access, affordability, and security; and the distributional consequences of food policy.
Denise O'Brien is a farmer and community organizer from Atlantic, Iowa. She has farmed with her husband, Larry Harris, for 40 years. She maintains sixteen acres of organic fruit and vegetable production incorporating high tunnel production. O’Brien also raises turkeys and chickens for meat and egg production. Denise mentors many women who are the next generation of farmers.
Through farming, Denise has had numerous opportunities to work within the agricultural community working on policy development on the state, national and international level and becoming involved in the community of women in agriculture, organic production, local food systems and conservation issues.
Denise has been involved in her community as well as in the agricultural sector. She is the founder of Women Food and Agriculture Network. O’Brien was a Food and Society Fellow, a W.K. Kellogg funded program from 2001 to 2003. She currently serves on the board of the Pest Action Network and the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust. In 2012 O’Brien completed a year assignment with the United States Department of Agriculture as an Agriculture Adviser in Afghanistan.
Baba Ghannouj 3 lg Eggplants, roasted, 1 cup Tahini 2/3 cup lemon juice 2 Tbs. chopped garlic 1 Tbs. cumin 1 ½ t. salt ¼ t. pepper ¼ cup chopped Parsley In a food processor, pulse eggplant until blended. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Add water, and puree until desired consistency.Adjust seasonings for taste. *Garnish with Olive Oil, pine nuts and parsley or pomegranate
Michael Phillips is a farmer, writer, carpenter, orchard consultant, and speaker who lives with his wife, Nancy, and daughter, Grace, on Heartsong Farm in northern New Hampshire, where they grow apples and a variety of medicinal herbs. Michael authored The Apple Grower and teamed up with Nancy to write The Herbalist's Way. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a diversified mountain farm in northern New Hampshire, and he also leads the community orchard movement at www.GrowOrganicApples.com. - See more at: Chelsea Green Publishing
Catherine manages investor relations, communications and marketing at Root Capital, an agricultural lender that provides loans and advisory services to small and growing agricultural businesses in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Indonesia. Since its founding in 1999, Root Capital has disbursed nearly $1BN in capital to more than 500 enterprises that represent over 2M farmers.
In her role at Root Capital, Catherine oversees all debt and philanthropy fundraising, including management of $125M in assets from over 200 individual, corporate, foundation and government impact investors. In 2012, Catherine played a leadership role in launching Root Capital’s Women in Agriculture Initiative, which aims to strengthen and grow gender-inclusive businesses that provide reliable economic opportunities for women in agricultural value chains.
Prior to joining Root Capital, Catherine spent ten years in the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) industry, at both the Nonprofit Finance Fund and the Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation (SEEDCO), working as a loan officer and financial management consultant for community development projects across New England.
She has served as an adjunct professor at Boston University’s School of Management and lectures widely on impact investing and social enterprise development. Catherine holds a bilingual M.B.A from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) in Barcelona and a B.A. in ancient Greek from Wellesley College. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with her husband, son, daughter, and two lop-eared rabbits.
Food Tank Summit
This two-day event will feature more than 70 different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for panels on topics including; nourishing the planet, improving nutrient density, the future of organic, investing in the food movement, legislating change in the food system, and more. The event will feature interactive panels moderated by top food journalists, networking, and delicious food. This is the first in a series of four two-day Summits in 2016, which will bring together some the world’s most impactful food system leaders.
Eileen Gordon, Founder of Barnraiser, a crowdfunding site for food ventures
Eileen Gordon Chiarello is an entrepreneur and business partner with her husband, Chef Michael Chiarello. Her journey to sustainable food and farming, as well as passion for kids education, came from her farming family in Northern California, long-time swiss dairy ranchers and now cheesemakers (Pt. Reyes Original Blue Cheese). An indirect path from Apple's education group to the Napa Valley leads to her current obsession with the makers in clean, good food movement, and with giving the next generation power over their food options along with an appreciation for the joys of making / growing things.
Amanda Oborne- EcoTrust - Vice President of Farms and Food
Conscientious eater, for-profit/for-purpose optimist, straight-talker, enthusiastic collaborator, artisan beverage imbiber.
Tamar Haspel is a journalist who’s been on the food and science beat for the best part of two decades. She writes a monthly Washington Post column, Unearthed, which covers food supply issues: biotech, pesticides, food additives, antibiotics, organics, nutrition, and food policy. The column has earned a James Beard award nomination each of its two years, winning in 2015, and one of her columns was selected for Best Food Writing 2015. Haspel is knee-deep in the public food conversation, and speaks frequently at venues where the debates about our food supply play out, including the National Academy of Sciences, food- and ag-related conferences, and SXSW.
When she’s tired of the heavy lifting of journalism, she gets dirty. She and her husband, Kevin Flaherty, raise their own chickens, catch their own fish, grow their own tomatoes, hunt their own venison, and generally try to stay connected to the idea that food has to come from somewhere. They also have an oyster farm, Barnstable Oyster, where they grown about 50,000 oysters a year in the beautiful waters off Cape Cod. Haspel revels in the idea that New York diners pay $3. a pop for their product, and she can eat as many as she wants.
Dr. Rieder obtained a medical degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She obtained her pediatric internship and residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. At the completion of her residency she served an additional year as a Chief Resident at Montefiore Medical Center. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in adolescent medicine at Montefiore and subsequently earned a master’s degree in Clinical Research from Albert Einstein college of Medicine. She obtained NIH funding to complete her fellowship and Clinical Research Masters work.
Dr. Rieder joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at Montefiore and Albert Einstein in 2001. Her work has focused on understanding the nature and diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome in adolescent girls and in designing a multi-disciplinary adolescent-focused obesity management program. She founded the Bronx Nutrition and Fitness Initiative for Teens (B'NFit) program in 2005 and has been studying the program effectiveness in terms of program implementation, feasibility and outcomes related to changes in BMI and lifestyle behaviors.
Edwina von Gal’s eponymous firm has been designing landscapes that are based on simplicity and nature for private and public clients since 1984. Edwina’s interest in plants, art and architecture has led to collaborations in widely diverse locations with a number of notable architects and artists including Annabelle Selldorf, Maya Lin , Richard Gluckman, Deborah Berke, Joe D’Urso, Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Toshiko Mori, Richard Serra, Marilyn Minter, and David Salle.
Edwina’s landscapes have been published in most all of the major newspapers and design periodicals, plus a number of architecture, garden and landscape books. Her own book, Fresh Cuts, won the Quill And Trowel Award for Garden Writing. She has served on numerous boards and committees in the garden world and is currently on the LongHouse Garden Committee and the Board of Directors of Maya Lin’s “What is Missing” project.
In 2008 Edwina went to Panama to design a park for the Frank Gehry Biomuseo where co-founded the Azuero Earth Project which explores and implements sustainable, toxin-free land management practices in rural Panama. She then moved closer to home and, in 2013 founded the USA based Perfect Earth Project which promotes toxin-free lawns and landscapes.