Charisma S. Acey, Faculty Director

Charisma Acey is an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and a member of our Executive Committee. Her work focuses on local and regional environmental sustainability, with special attention to poverty reduction, urban governance, connections between food justice and environmental justice, urban agroecology, and access to basic services.

Timothy Bowles, Co-Associate Faculty Director

Timothy Bowles is an Assistant Professor of Agroecology and Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. His research focuses on how increasing reliance on biodiversity can create productive, healthy and resilient agricultural systems, drawing on  agroecology, soil ecology, and biogeochemistry.

Susana Matias, Co-Associate Faculty Director

Susana Matia is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology. Her research concentrates on food security, as well as obesity and diabetes prevention, through nutrition education and behavioral change interventions. Dr. Matias’ research is particularly focused on women, children, and immigrant and farmworker populations.

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Nina F. Ichikawa, Executive Director

Nina F. Ichikawa is the Executive Director for the Berkeley Food Institute. 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. 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, Saba Grocers, the Sustainable Pest Management Workgroup, and Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley.

Rosalie Z. Fanshel, Program Manger, Berkeley Food Institute

Rosalie Zdzienicka Fanshel, Program Manager

Rosale Zdzienicka Fanshel has served as the Berkeley Food Institute’s program manager since 2014, and previously held positions at UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies and UC San Diego’s Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies. Rosalie is also a doctoral student in the Division of Society and Environment in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, where she studies the processes through which universities envision, design, and enact—and inhibit—institutional change to improve justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion outcomes in their agri-food system education.

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Nathalie A. Muñoz, Administrative Coordinator

Nathalie A. Muñoz is a 2018 UC Berkeley graduate with a BS in Environmental Sciences. Before joining the Berkeley Food Institute 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.