Food Systems Career Fair: Planting Seeds of Connection & Transformation

Food Systems Career Fair

Friday, March 17, 2023 2:00-5:00 PM
Tilden Room, MLK Jr. Building, Berkeley

The Berkeley Food Institute invites you to UC Berkeley’s first ever Food Systems Career Fair: Planting Seeds of Connection & Transformation. We invite students at any point in their academic journey to learn about pathways to create change in food systems. Building a sustainable future requires interdisciplinary voices, so we have invited employers ranging from technical assistance providers to farmers, food producers, manufacturers, distributors, and community educators and advocates, all working towards regenerative food systems. Join us to create meaningful connections with on the ground professionals and learn about career pathways.

This event is open to all UC Berkeley students and staff. In preparation for the career fair we will be sharing various career readiness resources, including a resume review night hosted by BFI and the Food Institute Graduate Council. Please register here with your email address here to reserve your spot and receive career readiness resources straight to your inbox.

See below for a list of guest employers.

Pre-Career Fair Event

Sharpen Your Professional Narrative Night
March 8, 2023 5:00-7:00 PM
N344 and N340 Chou Hall, Berkeley

In order to make the most out of your career fair experience it is important to come prepared. To get feedback on your resume or interviewing skills with a food systems perspective, attend BFI’s Sharpen Your Professional Narrative Night. Additionally, here is a checklist of ideas and resources you can utilize to prepare for our food systems career fair. Reserve your spot here.

Can’t attend the workshop in person? Watch BFI’s previous resume workshop on Youtube.

Additionally, here is a checklist of resources for finding a career in food systems:

  1. Take Advantage of Cal’s Career Center Resources
    • Access Career Center’s resources on demand for career clarity, competitiveness, and making connections.
  2. Connect with any of these on-campus food and ag-related student groups
  3. Sign up for BFI’s weekly food systems opportunities newsletter



The Food Systems Career Fair is cosponsored by the Berkeley Food Institute, Rausser College of Natural Resources, Center for Responsible Business at Haas, Housing and Dining Sustainability Advocates, Educational Opportunities Program, Cal Veterans Service Center, Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3), Berkeley Student Farm, and Berkeley Student Food Collective

COVID Protocol: This event will be both indoors and outdoors so masks are optional, but highly encouraged. Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell.

About the Venue: The Tilden Room is ADA accessible. There are elevators leading to the 5th floor of the MLK Student Union Building. The door of the Tilden room is wide and flat.

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There are two single-stalled, ADA restrooms on the 5th floor of MLK. There is one set of restroom stalls on the 1st and 2nd floor of MLK.

Food and beverages will be outside on the terrace.

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Nathalie Muñoz at [contact information: 510-529-1533 or] with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.

For other inquiries, contact the Berkeley Food Institute at or 510-529-1533.


Food Systems Organizations & Professionals

The following organizations and companies will be represented at the Food Systems Career Fair. In order to show the diversity of opportunities in food systems work, we have organized the organizations into three categories: technical assistance providers, value based supply chains, and community advocacy & education. Get to know their talented staff by reading their bios below before connecting at the fair.


1. Technical Assistance Providers

American Farmland Trust

The American Farmland Trust created the conservation agriculture movement, which speaks for the land — and for the people who grow our food. As the movement’s leader, AFT has three priorities: protecting agricultural land, promoting environmentally sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.

Paul Lum, California Senior Agricultural Specialist

Paul promotes healthy soils farming practices through training and outreach to farmers, landowners, and the general public in California. Before joining AFT, Paul worked as the irrigation specialist for Solano Irrigation District where he provided technical assistance to farmers, facilitated grower workshops, and developed grant proposals. He is a past president of the Solano County Farm Bureau and currently serves as the vice president of the Solano Resource Conservation District, the secretary of the Board of Directors for the Solano Land Trust, and serves on the Solano Flood Control Advisory Committee. Paul has owned his own farming operation near Vacaville, California, for over 30 years and has experience with a diversity of crops and an intimate knowledge of operational and financial decision making for farmers. He graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in plant science and agronomy.

Anel Trujillo, California Outreach Specialist

Anel has experience working closely with farmers of color in California’s Central Valley, the nation’s leading food-producing region. This is where the drought has hit the hardest and where resources are most needed. Her experience in program assistance and outreach in underrepresented farming communities helps AFT foster relationships and connect deeply with the needs of the next generation of farmers we aim to serve. Recently, Anel worked for the USDA Farm Service Agency assisting farmers directly with emergency relief programs. Before that, she worked at Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño in programs focused on strengthening social safety nets for women. Anel graduated from California State University, Fresno with a double major in Business Administration and Chicano Studies. Her family has farmed since the 1940s in Mexico and California.

Natural Resource Conservation Service

NRCS, formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service, is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers.

Evelyn Denzin, District Conservationist

Evelyn is the NRCS District Conservationist for Napa County. She joined the Napa NRCS staff in 2019, and works with local landowners to develop conservation solutions for their properties and assists landowners applying for NRCS conservation programs. Evelyn works across a variety of land uses, from cropland and rangeland to forestland. Evelyn has a BS in Environmental Resource Sciences from UC Davis and a MS in Forest Resources from Clemson University.

Resource Conservation District

Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) work to be relevant, excellent, and visible go-to hubs for natural resource conservation and agriculture on public and private lands at local, regional, state, tribal, and federal levels. RCDs were designed to evolve with the changing needs of people and the land, to ensure that California is home to thriving and resilient communities, landscapes, and economies.

Derek Emmons, Agriculture Conservation Coordinator, Contra Costa RCD

Actively pursuing opportunities for collaboration, Derek engages land managers, urban and rural farmers to identify strategies that balance immediate social needs with the long-term vitality of our ecological systems. Raised in the East Bay, Derek’s professional experience includes non-profit work in urban forestry, environmental education, permaculture design, and community development through Peace Corps Nepal. Graduating in 2010 with a BA in Environmental Studies: Sustainable Food Systems from UCSC, Derek holds an MA in Geography from CSULB 2020.  Derek’s vision of scaling up regenerative land management, agroecological resilience, and food justice includes embracing diversity with a holistic perspective on collective wellbeing.

Lydia Lapporte, Watershed Conservation Coordinator

Lydia Grew up in Contra Costa County and studied Environmental Studies and Studio Arts at Whitman College. Her previous experience includes work with Indigenous issues in the East Bay, environmental education, and programmatic work in ecological agriculture, the intertidal zone and fisheries in Maine. She has taught preschool through undergraduate level students and has organized events like the California Indian Arts and Culture Festival, the Seaweed Symposium and the Maine Wild Blueberry Weekend. With the CCRCD, Lydia supports community-led watershed initiatives and facilitates network collaboration and public engagement through the Watershed Symposium and Shoreline Festival. She is glad to work in her home watershed and is involved with community art centers.

Marianna Zavala, Agriculture Conservation Coordinator

Marianna (she/her) was raised in the Napa Valley, where she spent much of her time following her Papá in the vineyards, or exploring her Grandparents’ ranch. Growing older she began to recognize the disparities that exist between these two worlds, many of them reflected in her own experience as a mixed Chicana. With a desire to learn more about the intersection of agriculture, conservation, and racial justice, Marianna has since earned a B.S. in agricultural communications from Cal Poly SLO, worked for nonprofits engaged in farmworker advocacy, food justice, and community development, and helped manage regenerative grazing programs on ranches in California and Colorado. With a deep passion for community building and wellness, Marianna is excited to bring her skills and energy to the CCRCD team, supporting farmers, ranchers, educators and learners across the Bay Area. Her North Star remains working to uplift BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) voices in agriculture and conservation, and always learning how to be a good ancestor.

Food as Medicine Collaborative

Our Mission is to bridge healthcare and food systems to advance nutrition security and health equity. We coordinate on-site food programming within healthcare settings through robust clinical-community linkages. Food Pharmacies provide patients with fresh, healthy food and individualized nutritional counseling alongside their medical care.

Zoe Womack , Food Pharmacy Program Manager

Public Health Nutritionist experienced in healthy food procurement implementation, food and nutrition policy, and developing public-private partnerships with local governments. Passionate about creating innovative, equitable, culturally competent, and sustainable solutions that promote nourishment for families and communities through the work of program, policy, systems and environmental change.


2. Value-Based Supply Chains

Clif Bar 

Clif Bar was born on a bike and built with athletes in mind. Clif Bar makes organic, plant-based energy food that begins with a recipe and the latest nutrition science — and not just for performance. Clif Bar thoughtfully craft our foods to help energize any moment, big or small.

Ana Telleria, Associate Category Manager, Analytics & Ingredients

Biography coming soon.

Good Eggs

Good Eggs delivers absurdly fresh groceries straight to your door. We believe good food is the most powerful force for change. For our families, our community, and our environment. We have deep roots here in the Bay Area, and the highest standards in the industry.

Chris Jocson, Vice President of Finance

Results-driven and strategic finance leader with 15+ year proven track record in Corporate Finance, FP&A, Operations, and Business Analytics supporting high-growth marketplace, e-commerce, and SaaS businesses. Background includes leading and building teams; bottoms-up and top-down revenue and cost management; full funnel revenue analytics and sales/revenue operations decision-support; buy and sell side M&A; Sarbanes-Oxley control ownership and IR/SEC support; project planning and systems implementation. Passionate team player with heavy bias for driving cross-functional execution to achieve financial objectives. P&L responsibility supporting scale from $10M to $500M. 

Ecology Center 

The Ecology Center’s mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. We transform the ideals of sustainability into everyday practice. We deliver information you can act on, infrastructure you can count on, and leadership for lasting change.

Lucy Asako Boltz, Farmers' Market Access & Equity Program Coordinator

Lucy Asako Boltz has experience in public humanities programming, grantmaking, farming, and community organizing for immigrant rights. She coordinates the Market Match program and works with the rest of the Farmers’ Market Access and Equity team to make healthy food more accessible to low income communities across California and to build a stronger localized food system by connecting consumers to small and mid-sized farms. Lucy received a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz in fall of 2019. She holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Brown University and is interested in small-scale organic farming, food and seed sovereignty and all history talks at the Oakland Public Library/Oakland History Room.

3. Community Advocacy and Education

Acta Non Verba 

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) elevates life in Oakland and beyond by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming. Founded and led mainly by women of color from the surrounding neighborhood and larger community, ANV creates a safe and creative outdoor space for children, youth, and families in East Oakland, CA. ANV engages and strengthens young people’s understanding of nutrition, food production, and healthy living as well as strengthens their ties to the community.

Sydney Dvorak, Camp and After School Program Director

Sydney believes that nature should be a safe space for everyone to play and grow, and she enjoys sharing her love of the natural environment with the Acta Non Verba community.After college, Sydney served in AmeriCorps for two years, which allowed her to travel across the U.S. One of her favorite projects was in Pawhuska, OK, where she collaborated with members of Osage Nation to create an eco-park and community garden for local residents. This experience first sparked her passion for local food systems. In May 2020, Sydney completed her Master’s degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, through which she studied sustainable agriculture and environmental justice. Originally from the East Bay, Sydney grew up camping, hiking, swimming, and spending lots of time outdoors. She is excited to be back home and working with an organization that shares her passion for community, equity, and sustainable agriculture!

Valle Verde 

Valley Verde’s Community Food System, promotes healthy eating and provides food access and micro-entrepreneurship training to low-income families of San José/Silicon Valley. Valle Verde increases self sufficiency, health, and resilience though a culturally informed community based food system to promote food justice.

Grace Pan, Operations Coordinator

Grace is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources where she studied topics of food systems, landscape design, and ecology. While at Berkeley, Grace discovered her passion for urban agriculture, and she loves getting her hands in the soil, spending time outdoors, and sharing delicious meals with friends. At Valley Verde, she’s excited to help nurture relationships between people, their cultures, and their ecological environments through food and plants. Outside of work, Grace is excited by map-making, drawing, and cooking. 


Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Founded in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico by social entrepreneurs Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, we act as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.

Nazshonnii Brown-Almaweri, Program Manager Intercultural Conversations

Nazshonnii Brown-Almaweri is a farmer, STEM educator, and Union College Alumna (B.S Mechanical Engineering and Studio Arts, French and Francophone Studies Minor) from West Oakland. She was a STEM tutor, media educator, and youth program assistant for the American Indian Child Resource Center. She is also connected to the Gill Tract Community Farm in Albany, an volunteer-led farm that provides food, medicine, and green spaces to the community. Nazshonnii is passionate about STEAM education and advocates for exposure and opportunities for the historically excluded people, especially Black and Native youth. As an educator, Nazshonnii has provided middle and high school youth with the space to learn about STEAM at the intersection of ancestral knowledge and their lived experiences. Creating space for Oakland youth to thrive in disciplines.

Ecology Center 

The Ecology Center’s mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. We transform the ideals of sustainability into everyday practice. We deliver information you can act on, infrastructure you can count on, and leadership for lasting change.

Beth Williams , Food & Farming Program Coordinator

A recent graduate from The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University with a Master’s in Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Interested in normalizing just and equitable food systems. Demonstrated experience in local food procurement with a background in farm to school nonprofits. At Ecology Center Beth coordinates the California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets and supports the execution of project goals and work-plans. She also supports projects and program efforts to advance CalFresh/SNAP access and healthy food incentives nationally in a farm-direct settings.

UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

ANR’s research and extension programs serve the public good of California through the creation, development and application of knowledge addressing critical issues in agricultural, natural and related human resources, through a system of community driven research and outreach programs. 

Laura Vollmer, Community Nutrition & Health Advisor

Laura Vollmer is a Community Nutrition and Health Advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension, serving San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. She provides oversight to two federally funded nutrition education programs, CalFresh Healthy Living and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), and a community volunteer program, the Master Food Preservers, and conducts locally relevant evaluation and research work, primarily focused on food and nutrition security and diet quality for children and families. Laura is a registered dietitian and holds a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in English from Wesleyan University.