Student Staff

BFI supports student fellows across disciplines to research pressing policy issues and undertake community engagement projects. BFI also convenes the UC Global Food Initiative Student Fellows. Any open calls for student fellowships are listed here.

Fiona Diec, Communications Student Assistant

Undergraduate Student, Psychology. Fiona is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies. She has spent a majority of her undergraduate career working in areas related to the intersection of design and social justice. She’s worked with various organizations such as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Berkeley Public Health, APASD (Asian Pacific American Student Development Office), Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA, and AYPAL: Building API Community Power. Outside of her work, Fiona enjoys hand lettering, watching Netflix, and staying active at the gym!

Bridget Gustafson, Herbicide-Free Cal Coordinator

Undergraduate Student, Molecular Environmental Biology. Bridget Gustafson is a Berkeley class of 2020 graduate from Illinois. She studied molecular environmental biology and forestry and natural resource management during her time at Cal. She is the co-founder of Herbicide Free Cal, a student-driven campaign to eliminate the use of herbicides on campus by organizing and working collaboratively with Cal’s grounds staff. She also serves as the student representative on the UC-wide Herbicide Task Force put together by UCOP to evaluate the use of herbicides on UC campuses, compile current toxicological and environmental research, and develop recommendations for a long-term approach and strategy for the UC systems use of herbicides in the future.

Annika Levaggi, Gardens Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Undergraduate Student, Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Annika is a fourth-year undergraduate student and farmer from Northern California. Her work is rooted in community-based agroecological approaches to reimagining the industrial food system. Annika’s belief that food is the gateway to building resilient socioecological systems is grounded in her experience gathering huckleberries as a kid, managing various campus farms, as well as conducting research abroad in Chile and Perú. If not on the farm, Annika is usually unreachable in the mountains or scrambling up a big rock. She is excited to join the Berkeley Food Institute and continue supporting food sovereignty initiatives throughout the campus farms.

Fiona McBride, Agricultural Land and Climate Policy Graduate Student Researcher

Master’s Student, Public Policy. Fiona graduated from the Goldman School of Public Policy this spring, where she focused on food and agricultural policy, as well as economic and criminal justice. She is passionate about building thriving communities through transformative policy change. During her time at Goldman, she worked with the Berkeley Food Institute, City and County of San Francisco, ACLU, and Berkeley Law’s Policy Advocacy Clinic to evaluate, advocate for, and develop more just and equitable public policy. Prior to graduate school, Fiona worked at food access nonprofit, Wholesome Wave.

Diana Rivera, Future of Grocery Work Graduate Student Researcher

Master’s Student, Public Affairs. Diana graduated from the Goldman School of Public Policy in Spring 2020. During her graduate career she focused on food policy and labor policy. She worked with the Berkeley Food Institute, Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE), the National Domestic Workers Alliance and was a part of the UC Berkeley Coalition for Healthy Campus Food and Beverage. She is committed to helping make Good Food accessible to all, specifically communities of color and low-income communities and making a more equitable and accessible food system.

Moe Sumino, Gardens Data and Finances Coordinator

Undergraduate Student, Conservation and Resource Studies (Rural Agricultural Development). Moe Sumino is a second-year undergraduate student from Tokyo, Japan and also grew up in London, Singapore, and Connecticut. Growing up in Southeast Asia and critiquing the development projects around her, she is motivated by the great potential that agriculture holds in advancing social justice, environmental protection/agroecology, and rural development. By also studying Food Systems and Geospatial Information Systems, Moe hopes to strengthen sustainable rural development efforts through improved agricultural resources and policy. Outside of BFI, she works closely with Food First, provides tours of the campus, and gardens at SOGA!

Kevin Tuok, UC Global Food Initiative Undergraduate Fellow

Undergraduate Student, Molecular and Cellular Biology. Kevin Tuok is a third-year undergraduate student from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His interest in food systems stems from an early love of food and the environment. As a biology and public health major, he is passionate about sustainability and promoting the health of those around him. He’s excited to be working at BFI, and hopes his work to promote sustainable food systems and equitable access to healthy foods will positively impact our community. He plans to pursue a career in research and public health. Outside of BFI, you can find Kevin hiking, cooking, working with Cal’s Model UN organization, or volunteering at the animal shelter.

 

Río Vargas, Undergraduate Agricultural Labor Research Fellow

Undergraduate Student, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning; Film and Media Studies. Río is a third-year undergraduate student from San Diego, California. Their interest in the culinary arts has been present since they were a child. Upon their arrival at UC Berkeley, Río delved into their passion and learned to connect food to their environment by incorporating landscape architecture into their work. Río is committed to advance food system equity and food accessibility, particularly in low-income communities, communities of color, and the queer community. Outside of their work, Río enjoys rock climbing, cooking, and creating art.