Who We Are

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council consists of individuals external to UC Berkeley who serve to advance BFI’s mission and programs through subject matter expertise, fundraising support, and strategic advising. They represent various areas within our food system — from food production and preparation to education and storytelling — and support our work within the context of the food movement beyond campus.

Bruce Aidells

Founder, Aidells Sausage Company; cookbook author

Yolanda Burrell

Urban Farmer and Entrepreneur at Pollinate Farm

Clayton Chan

Chief Operating Officer, San Francisco Soup Company

Bob Epstein

Co-founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs; founding funder, Berkeley Food Institute

Steve Fukagawa

Farmer and Owner of Steve Fukagawa Farms

Nina F. Ichikawa

Former Executive Director, Berkeley Food Institute


Andrew Judd

Director of Development, Rausser College of Natural Resources

Cheryl Lew

Culinary Faculty, Laney College; Owner, Montclair Baking and Consulting

Doug Lipton

Principal, Lipton Environmental Group; Co-Founder, Healdsburg SHED

Frank McPherson

Former Bay Area Director at UCANR

Linda Renteria

Chief Operating Officer, Casa Sanchez Foods

Steve Silberstein

Trustee, UC Berkeley Foundation; founding funder, Berkeley Food Institute; co-founder, Innovative Interfaces Inc.

Dana Slatkin

Founder and Executive Chef, Violet Los Angeles; founding funder, Berkeley Food Institute

Aliza J. Sokolow

Food stylist/photographer, chef, author of This Is What I Eat

Marion Standish

Vice President, Enterprise Programs, California Endowment

L. Ann Thrupp

Former Executive Director, Berkeley Food Institute

Jen Upson

Garden and Nutrition Educator, Woodside Elementary School