Kris 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.

Ann Thrupp, Executive Director

L. Ann Thrupp has extensive experience in sustainable and organic agriculture and food systems, in the U.S. and internationally. Ann has been a pioneer in this field for more than 25 years, working on agricultural development, agroecology and food issues through research, education, public service, and farming. Previously, Ann served as Manager of Sustainability and Organic Development at Fetzer and Bonterra Vineyards, Managing Director for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, and Director of Sustainable Agriculture at World Resources Institute. Ann received her PhD and MA at Sussex University and her BA at Stanford University. She has authored more than 70 publications and has served the California Department of Food and Agriculture as a Scientific Advisory Committee member, and on two committees for the National Academy of Science.

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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.

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 the Bay Area, Australia, and Japan. As a seasoned administrator Rosalie thrives in making the good work happen on a day-to-day basis. She has previously served as operations manager for the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets; operations manager at Food Connect Sydney, and within the University of California as program assistant for UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies and as program coordinator for 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.

Meg Prier, Campus Gardens Coordinator

Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Meg 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.

Amy Regan, Development and Grant Officer

Amy Regan is a 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 earned her BA at the University of North Carolina before working for eight years with nonprofit organizations, directing major fundraising efforts, and 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 SFUSD’s Future Dining Experience Project, a special project of San Francisco Unified School District’s Student Nutrition Services.