BFI Staff and Faculty, 2016.


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 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.

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.