BFI Staff, 2019. Photo by Lindsey Pfeiffer.


Kris Madsen

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.

madsenk [at]

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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.

nichikawa [at]

Chris Cassidy

Chris Cassidy, Communications Director

Chris Cassidy (he/him) brings over 10 years of communications experience to the Berkeley Food Institute. During that time, he has amplified work on a range of issues, including land use, transportation equity, civil rights, and the rights of working people. He has lived in Washington State, Beijing, South Dakota, D.C., Mexico City, and the Bay Area, and has gardened for the vast majority of that time. The son of restaurant workers, Cassidy was literally raised in restaurant booths and worked in the food industry for eight years. He earned a BA in politics, philosophy, and economics from Western Washington University, a certificate in Chinese law from China University of Politics and Law, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was repeatedly recognized as one of the top written and oral advocates among United States law students. He volunteers where he lives with his wife and son in East Oakland, addressing local food insecurity.

chriscassidy [at]

Rosalie Z. Fanshel, Program Manger, Berkeley Food Institute

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 how universities envision and enact organizational change to improve equity, inclusion, and anti-racist outcomes in their agri-food system education and research. 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.

rzfanshel [at]

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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.

namc93 [at]