Jonathan Safran Foer

Friday Keynote Speaker Jonathan Safran Foer

9:00 - 10:00 am, Baltimore Convention Center

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the international bestseller, Everything Is Illuminated, which was published when he was only 25. Hailed as the Debut of the decade, and translated into 35 languages, it was named Book of the Year by The Los Angeles Times and has won numerous awards, including the Guardian First Book Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Prize. Learn More

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Bob Anderson

Principal
Sustainable Strategies

Gina Asoudegan

Senior Director of Mission
Applegate

Jaime Athos

President & CEO
The Tofurky Company

Nicole Avena Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Tim Avila

Founder & CEO
Systems Bioscience, Inc.

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Dr. Brian Baker


IFOAM - Organics International

Brian Baker

President
IFOAM North America

Cynthia Barstow

Marketing Faculty, University Of Massachusetts Isenberg School Of Management
Founder & Executive Director, Protect Our Breasts

Laura Batcha

CEO & Executive Director
Organic Trade Association

Jessica Bates

Director of Business Development
Dwight Funding

Rachel Begun MS, RDN

Food & Nutrition Advocate

David Benzaquen

CEO
PlantBased Solutions

Jenna Blumenfeld

Senior Food Editor
New Hope Network

Barbara Brueckner Sphizner

Vice President Innovation Manager
Mattson & Co.

George Bryant

Head Caveman
Hugs & Bacon

Kim Bryden

CEO & Founder
Cureate

Mike Burgmaier

Managing Director & Co-Founder
Whipstitch Capital

Bob Burke

Principal
Natural Products Consulting

Carole Buyers

Co–Founder and Managing Partner
Boulder Investment Group Reprise (BIGR)

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Tom Chapman

Sr. Sourcing Manager, Ingredients
Clif Bar & Company

Laurel Chiten

Director, Just One Drop
Blind Dog Films

Jacqueline Claudia

CEO
Love Wild Fish Co.

Cheryl Clements

Founder + CEO
PieShell

Matthew Clifford

Co-Founder & COO
Barnana

Jenelle Cobb

Founder and CEO
The Food + Health Collective, Jenellecobb.com

Nancy Coulter-Parker

Principal
NCP Consulting

Robert Craven

CEO
MegaFood

Marta Cyhan

Head of Marketing
Catalina

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Chris D'Adamo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Bethany Davis

Director of Regulatory Affairs
FoodState

Ross Davisson

VP of Business Operations
CircleUp

Jackie Day JD

Author
The Vegan Way: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier, Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You

Lisa De Lima

VP of Grocery
MOM’s Organic Market

Lara Dickinson

Executive Director, OSC2
Partner, Pluot Consulting

Kim Dietz

Senior Manager, Environmental, Natural & Organic Policy
J.M. Smucker Company

Katherine DiMatteo

Executive Director
Sustainable Food Trade Association

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James Faison

President
Milton's Local

Tracy Favre

Director
Quality Assurance International

Zoe Feldman

Managing Partner, CPG Ventures and Investments
Cleveland Avenue

Chris Fenster

Founder & CEO
Propeller Industries

Grant Ferrier

CEO & Principal
Nutrition Capital Network

Terry Frishman

Principal
Culinest

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Tyler Gage

Co-founder & CEO
Runa

Kate Geagan

Food & Nutrition Consultant
Kate Geagan Nutrition

Bill Giebler

Senior Editor
Nutrition Business Journal

Jay Golden

Chief Storyteller, Story Coach
Retellable

John Grubb

Managing Partner
Sterling-Rice Group

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Mark Haas

Senior Partner
The Helmsman Group

Kim-Julie Hansen

CEO
Brussels Vegan

Amanda Hartt

Market Research Manager
New Hope Network

Edward Hauck


Nutrition Capital Network

Rachel Hauser

Community Manager
REBBL

Angela Hein

Co-Founder
The Natural Citizen

Katrina Heinze

Organic Ambassador
General Mills

Josh Hendrix

Director of Business Development - Domestic Production

Jeff Hilton

Partner & Co-founder
BrandHive

Gary Hirshberg

Chairman
Stonyfield Farm

Nancy Hirshberg

Chief Catalyst
Hirshberg Strategic

Chuck Holt

Vice President
InvestEco Capital Corp.

Greg Horn

President & CEO
Specialty Nutrition Group

Ann Marie Hourigan

Director of Organic Integrity & Compliance Programs
Earthbound Farm

Karen Howard

CEO & Executive Director
Organic & Natural Health Association

Melissa Hughes

General Counsel
Organic Valley

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Tera Johnson

Director
Food Finance Institute

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Bob Kaake


ANNIE'S, INC

Douglas S. Kalman PhD RD FACN

Business Development – Nutrition and CPG Studies
QPS

Shaina Kandel

Business Development Manager
Fair Trade USA

Christine Kapperman

Editor in Chief, Natural Foods Merchandiser
New Hope Natural Media

Chris Kerr

Partner
New Crop Capital

Dr. Frank King

Founder, President
King Bio

Patrick Knight

Director of Consumer Insights
SPINS

Andreas Koch

Influencer Marketing & Partnerships
Wellnext Family of Brands

Ashley Koff RD

Nutrition Expert & Health Advocate
Ashley Koff RD LLC

Annalea Krebs

Founder & CEO
Social Nature

Davida Kugelmass

Creator
The Healthy Maven

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Jesse Laflamme

Co-owner
Pete & Gerry's Organics

Denise Lambertson

Chief Connector
LMS

Michael Lelah Ph.D.

Chief Research Scientist
Dr. Mercola Premium Products

Alan Lewis

Government Affairs, Food & Agriculture Policy
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Mark Lipson

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy Advisor
USDA-OSEC-MRP

Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.

Physician, Author, and Educator

Jerry Lynch

Chief Sustainability Officer
General Mills

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Darren Mahaffy

Vice President of Marketing & UK General Manager
Nature's Path Foods

Edward Maibach PhD

Professor & Director of the Center for Climate Change Communication
George Mason University

Andrew Mandzy

Director of Strategic Insights
Nielsen

Cara Mangini

Founder & Chef
Little Eater

Gregory Mann

SVP and General Manager of Emerging Brands
Catalina

Beth Manos Brickey NTP

Founder
Tasty Yummies

Monique Marez

Director of International Trade
Organic Trade Association

Jon Marshall

Vice President
VMG Partners

Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network

Nicolas McCoy

Managing Director & Co-Founder
Whipstitch Capital

Jeremiah McElwee

VP of Purchasing and Merchandising
Thrive Market

Miles McEvoy

Deputy Administrator
USDA National Organic Program

Betsy McGinn

Founder
McGinn eCommConsulting

Jackie Miller

Incubator Director
Chobani

Jane Miller

Founder
Janeknows.com

Tracy Misiewicz

Associate Director of Science Programs
The Organic Center

Dr. Cheryl Mitchell

Sr. VP Ingredient Manufacturing
Elmhurst Milked

Krista Morgan

CEO and Co-Founder
P2Binvestor

Claire Morton

Senior Industry Analyst
New Hope Network

Mr Michael Movitz

Founder & Managing Partner
The Movitz Group

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Dean Nelson

Owner
Dean's Natural Food Market

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Robyn O'Brien

Founder
AllergyKids Foundation

Carolina Ordonez

Consumer Health Analyst
Euromonitor International

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Mo Payette

CEO
Mother's Market & Kitchen

Eric Pierce

Director, Strategy & Insights, NEXT
New Hope Network

Chantal Pierrat

Founder & CEO
Emerging Women

Deanna Pogorelc

Senior Content Producer
New Hope Network

Rick Polito

Editor in Chief, Nutrition Business Journal
New Hope Network

Nate Powell-Palm

President
Cold Springs Organics (MT)

Duane Primozich

Co–Founder and Managing Partner
Boulder Investment Group Reprise (BIGR)

Justin Prochnow

Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig

Diana Propper de Callejon

Managing Director
Cranemere

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Doug Radi

CEO
Good Karma Foods

Elizabeth Reaves

Program Director, Agriculture & Environment
Sustainable Food Lab

Meredith Reisfield

Senior Project Manager
NSF Sustainability

Graham Rigby

Chief Innovation Officer
Organic India

Constance Roark

Food & Nutrition Consultant
CMR Solutions

Sheldon Romer

Executive Consultant/Coach

Jennifer Rosenthal

Corporate Partner
KO Firm

Nancy Rosenzweig

Director of Mergers and Acquisitions
Big Path Capital

Jessica Rubino

Content Marketing Director
New Hope Natural Media

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Jonathan Safran Foer

Author
Eating Animals, Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Jason Sapsin

Counsel
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Nova Sayers

Business Development Manager
NSF International

Becky Schilling

Editor-in-Chief
Supermarket News

Miyoko Schinner

Founder & CEO
Miyoko's Kitchen

Leah Segedie

Creator
ShiftCon, Mamavation

Jessie Shafer

Editor in Chief, Delicious Living
New Hope Network

Mark Shaw

President & CEO
Avocado Studios

Rachael Shayne

Culture Architect & Brand Strategist
Former CEO, Cubspot

Michele Simon JD, MPH

Executive Director
Plant Based Foods Association

Emma Slattery

President
Food and Nutrition Club, University of Maryland Dietetics Program

Sam Slover

Founder & CEO
Sage Project

Will Smelko

CEO
Ora Organic

Katlin Smith

CEO
Simple Mills

Michelle Smith


The Whole Smiths

Michael A. Smith, M.D.

Senior Health Scientist
Life Extension®

Meaghan Sparkman

Manager, Corporate Strategy
Campbell Soup Company

Debra Stark

Owner
Debra's Natural Gourmet

Ashley Statter

Community Outreach Chair
Food and Nutrition Club, University of Maryland Dietetics Program

Susan Szymanski

Vice President of Marketing
SPINS

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Koel Thomae

Co-Founder & Chief Aussie Officer
noosa yoghurt

Haile Thomas

Founder + CEO
The HAPPY Organization

Gabriel Thoumi CFA, FRM

Director Capital Markets
Climate Advisers

Mark Tilsen

President
Native American Natural Foods

Stuart Tomc

Vice President, Human Nutrition
CV Sciences

Minh Tsai

Founder
Hodo Soy

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August Vega

CEO
MALK Organics

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Andy Whitman

Managing Partner
2x Consumer Products Growth Partners

Steve Williams

Vice President Strategic Consulting
Natural Marketing Institute (NMI)

Maxine Wolf

CEO
May Media Group

Gwendolyn Wyard

Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Affairs
Organic Trade Association

Shari Wynne Ressler

Founder/President
SKU

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Ann Yang

Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Misfit Juicery

Jeff Yorzyk

Director of Sustainability
Green Chef

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Michelle Zerbib

Standards Director
New Hope Network

Leslie Zuck

Executive Director
Pennsylvania Certified Organic