BFI Staff, 2019. Photo by Lindsey Pfeiffer.


Kristine Madsen, Faculty Director

Dr. Kristine Madsen 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. Dr. Madsen is a University of California Berkeley grad who received her MD and MPH from the University of Indiana.

Nina F. Ichikawa, Executive Director

Nina F. Ichikawa is the Executive Director for the Berkeley Food Institute. She joined the Institute in 2015 as its inaugural Policy Director, creating a policy education and engagement program for UC Berkeley’s students, staff, faculty, and the general public. She previously served in the office of US 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. She was the founding Food and Agriculture editor for Hyphen magazine, and her writings on our changing food system have been published widely. She received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/Food Policy from UC Berkeley and a MA in International Relations/Food Policy from Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. She volunteers for the California Farmer Justice Collaborative, the Center for Urban Education on Sustainable Agriculture, and Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley.

Rosalie Z. Fanshel, Program Manager

Rosalie Z. Fanshel has spent 20 years on (and in) the ground of the food movement in the Bay Area, Australia, and Japan. As a seasoned administrator, Rosalie thrives in making the good work happen on a day-to-day basis and is honored to have served the Berkeley Food Institute community since 2014 through management of the Institute’s education and engagement programs. In 2019 Rosalie joined the Department of Environmental, Science, Policy, and Management as a PhD student, where she looks at issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in food systems higher education. She has previously held positions at the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets, Food Connect Sydney, and within the University of California, at UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies and UC San Diego’s Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies. She is also an exhibiting visual artist.

Nathalie A. Muñoz, Administrative Coordinator

Nathalie A. Muñoz is a 2018 UC Berkeley graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences. Before joining the BFI team, she was the Contracting and Purchasing Agent for the Berkeley Student Cooperative where she procured the food and supplies for 1,300 student-members. As a first-generation transfer student at Cal, she was a student researcher for BFI, working on the Berkeley Foodscape Mapping Project to help collect data on campus gardens, student food groups, and UC Berkeley food course historical trends. As the descendant of a Bracero farmworker, she is passionate about uplifting the marginalized voices of our food labor force.

Lindsey Pfeiffer, Communications Assistant

Lindsey Pfeiffer graduated from UC Berkeley in 2019 with a B.S. in Environmental Economics and Policy. She spent two years working as a Communications Student Assistant on campus for the Rausser College of Natural Resources and here at the Berkeley Food Institute. She worked on a variety of communications projects highlighting and uplifting sustainable and equitable food systems at BFI through social media, website production, newsletter creation and distribution, graphic design, and more. Lindsey is passionate about environmentally-sustainable food systems research and policy efforts and telling the stories of those working to improve our food systems on campus and beyond.