Portrait of Dr. Kris Madsen.

Kris Madsen, Faculty Director

Dr. Kristine Madsen, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and the Faculty Director for the Berkeley Food Institute.  She is a pediatrician and research scientist with expertise in the design and evaluation of interventions related to pediatric obesity, cardiovascular risk, and health disparities. She has partnered with schools, health departments, and cities to expand the reach of school and community programs that promote health.  Her research team recently conducted the first study to examine the impact of Berkeley’s soda tax on sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in low-income neighborhoods in Berkeley.

BFI Executive Director Ann Thrupp

Ann Thrupp, Executive Director


Ann Thrupp is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Food Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. Ann has extensive experience in sustainable and organic agriculture and food systems, in the U.S. and internationally. For over 25 years, she has been a pioneer in this field—i.e., working on sustainability and equity in agricultural development, agroecology and food systems through research, education, public service, and farming. She has held leadership positions in non-profit organizations, government, academia, and as a practitioner and educator in sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, and environmental/food justice. Previously, Ann was Manager of Sustainability and Organic Development at Fetzer and Bonterra Vineyards (2003-13) and served as Managing Director for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance in 2005-2007. Before that, Ann worked with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Agriculture Initiative, and was Director of Sustainable Agriculture at World Resources Institute. She has also worked as a consultant for both businesses and non-profit organizations. Ann has a PhD and MA from Sussex University and a BA in Human Biology and Latin American Studies from Stanford University, and has over 70 publications. She served on a Scientific Advisory Committee of the CA Department of Food and Agriculture, and on two committees of the National Academy of Science, and is a graduate of the California Agriculture Leadership Program. She regularly speaks in the US and abroad for diverse audiences. Ann is an avid accomplished runner and also enjoys roller-blading, hiking, gardening, and creative writing.

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Edmond M. Allmond, Communications Manager

Edmond M. Allmond brings 30 years of experience in communications, branding, and marketing for non-profit, corporate, sport, and arts performance entities. The Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance, the Port of Los Angeles, The City of Los Angeles, the L.A. Metropolitan Opera, Sprint Telecom partners, and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. are among the organizations that have benefitted from his participation. His work has supported projects for the governments of France, the Czech Republic, U.A.E., India and Kenya. A member of the Forbes Communication Council, he has assisted in the research and writing of publications for the Harvard Business Review on social movements and new business structures. His involvement in the food movement started early as a family micro-farmer with his father in Southern California, and expanded to community advocacy in his city and, finally, north to Berkeley and Marin County. Edmond studied music composition at UCLA, and is an accomplished pianist and composer who has appeared often on the national stage and small screen in his parallel past life.

Portrait of Program Director Rosalie Z Fanshel

Rosalie Z. Fanshel, Program Manager

A Bay Area native, Rosalie Z. Fanshel has spent over 15 years on (and in) the ground of the food movement in Northern California, Japan, and Australia. As a seasoned administrator, Rosalie thrives in making the good work happen on a day-to-day basis. She has previously served the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets, Food Connect Sydney, UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies, and UC San Diego’s Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies. Rosalie obtained her BA from Oberlin College in 2000. She is also an exhibiting artist and freelance illustrator. Her scholarly interests include popular music, visual culture, and representations of gender and sexuality within the food movement. Her writings have appeared in the peer-reviewed journal Popular Music and in Terrain Magazine.

Portrait of Policy Director Nina F. Ichikawa

Nina F. Ichikawa, Policy Director

Nina F. Ichikawa is a fourth-generation Californian and policy professional dedicated to making good food accessible, sustainable, and culturally appropriate. Prior to joining BFI, she served in the office of Senator Daniel K. Inouye and with the US Department of Agriculture’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Initiative. In 2011, she was named a Food and Community Fellow by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. In 2009 she launched the Food and Agriculture section for Hyphen magazine, and she has also written for Civil Eats, Grist, Al Jazeera America,, and Rafu Shimpo. Her writings on Asian American food and farming have been published in Amerasia Journal and Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader. Following research on sustainable food systems in rural Japan and Mexico, Nina received an MA in International Relations/Food Policy from Meiji Gakuin University and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/Food Policy from UC Berkeley.

Meg Prier, Campus Gardens Coordinator

Meg Prier, Campus Gardens Coordinator

Meg Prier, originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, has studied and worked around the world on projects from sanitation in the slums of Uganda and rainwater harvesting in Tanzania to desert agriculture in Egypt and participatory design in Sweden. With degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Design for Sustainable Development and Urban Ecological Planning, Meg is passionate about the intersection between environmental sustainability and community resilience. For the last two and a half years Meg has lived in the bay area and worked as a project designer and manager at Hyphae Design Laboratory, a small ecological design and engineering firm pushing the innovative edge of interdisciplinary design. Outside of work, Meg is active with racial justice organizing, volunteers with a local urban farm, and enjoys hiking, baking, and dancing. Meg is excited to join the Berkeley Food Institute as the Campus Gardens Coordinator and is looking forward to supporting a collective vision for food justice and security on campus!

Portrait of Development and Grant Officer Amy Regan

Amy Regan, Development and Grant Officer

Amy Regan is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s Masters in Public Health Nutrition program where her studies focused on policy, sustainable food and farming systems, healthful food access, food security, school nutrition, and community health. Prior to pursuing her MPH, she worked for eight years with nonprofit organizations directing major fundraising efforts, as well as planning special events, developing marketing collateral, and managing volunteers, most recently with the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, CA. Prior to joining BFI, she developed and executed fundraising and communication plans for the San Francisco Unified School District’s “Future Dining Experience Project,” a special project of SFUSD’s Student Nutrition Services dedicated to reimagining the school food experience for students. Amy received her BA in Journalism/Mass Communication and French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004.