2016 Change Food Fest Speakers


We have started selecting speakers for The Change Food Fest and have included previews below so you can get to know them a bit before they take the stage.  We will also be doing a Q&A with each one to learn more about their work and what they’ll be talking about.

Speakers will be announced on a rolling basis, so please check back often as we add more people to the program.

And make sure to purchase your ticket and to join us November 12 – 13th!

2016 Change Food Fest Speakers

  • Daniel Blake

    Daniel Blake joined the OpenAg, Inc. team because of his passion for fixing our food ecosystem. Our current food system, which feeds 7.3 … Read More

  • Loren Cardeli

    Loren Cardeli is the Founder and President of A Growing Culture (AGC), an organization that promotes ecological agriculture across the globe.  In creating AGC, … Read More

  • Jonathan Cetnarski (Panelist)

    Jonathan Cetnarski is the President & CEO of NYC’s Natural Gourmet Institute. He is a transformational executive who aims to redefine the culinary … Read More

  • Mary Cleaver (Panelist)

    Mary is the Sustainable Food Curator for the Change Food Fest. Mary Cleaver, one of the country’s foremost authorities on sustainable food and local sourcing, … Read More

  • Kate Cox (Panel Moderator)

    Kate joined The New Food Economy after several years covering the American aging experience for radio and text as a freelance health reporter. She is … Read More

  • Kurt Beecher Dammeier (Panelist)

    Kurt Beecher Dammeier joined the food community in 1999 by forming Sugar Mountain, a family of food businesses including Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Seattle and New York City. In … Read More

  • Devita Davison

    Devita Davison, a native of Detroit and granddaughter of a preacher, lived almost 19 years in New York before moving back to her hometown of … Read More

  • Derek Denckla (Panel Moderator)

    Derek Denckla is an impact investor, strategic advisor and serial social entrepreneur. For fifteen years his firm, Denckla Projects, has provided advisory services and … Read More

  • Frances Dillard (Panelist)

    Frances is the Director of Marketing and the Global Brand Lead for Driscoll’s. With the belief that brands play a vital role in … Read More

  • Tessa Edick

    Tessa Edick, founder of the FarmOn! movement, has cultivated and nurtured a broad network of supporters, partners and beneficiaries within New York State as a … Read More

  • Adam Eskin

    Adam’s passion for the food industry grew after two somewhat cliched encounters—a visit to an asparagus farm, and a poignant reading of Michael Pollan’s The … Read More

  • Bruce Friedrich

    Bruce Friedrich is founding trustee of New Crop Capital (NCC), a $25 million venture capital fund that makes angel, seed, and Series A … Read More

  • Sam Fromartz (Quickbites)

    Sam Fromartz is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Food & Environment Reporting Network. He is a veteran journalist who focuses on the intersection … Read More

  • Jason Green

    Jason Green is CEO + Co-Founder at Edenworks, a Brooklyn-based indoor farming company. Edenworks grows uncompromisingly delicious and sustainable greens and fish in data-driven vertical … Read More

  • Diane Hatz

    Diane Hatz is a nonprofit social entrepreneur who educates and raises awareness about food and farming. As Founder/Executive Director of … Read More

  • Tony Hillery

    Tony Hillery is the Founder and Executive Director of Harlem Grown. Tony founded Harlem Grown in 2011 to address the health and academic … Read More

  • Kim Huskey

    Kim Huskey has worked for Google in NYC since 2007. She has 20 years experience as a hospitality leader in global corporate food services, restaurant … Read More

  • Andrew Ive

    Andrew is a Managing Director at SOSV responsible for building, innovating and supporting the emerging Food X ecosystem. P&G brand management trained, while in his dorm … Read More

  • Justin Johnson

    Justin Johnson is the CEO and Founder of Sustainable|Kitchens, a “real” food transformation firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sustainable|Kitchens works with all segments … Read More

  • Tera Johnson

    Tera Johnson is a serial entrepreneur whose mission is to create the next generation of environmentally and economically regenerative food and farming businesses. The founder … Read More

  • Cary Junior

    Mr. Junior is a Founder and General Manager of SouthEast Michigan Producers Association, or SEMPA. The organization was established to assist small rural African American/Underserved … Read More

  • Eric Kessler

    As founder and senior managing director of Arabella Advisors, Eric Kessler has built a unique consulting firm dedicated to making philanthropy more effective. Now, … Read More

  • Ashley Koff

    Ashley Koff is an internationally-renowned registered dietitian who knows the key to resolving our national health crisis is to empower individuals to achieve better health … Read More

  • Annalyn Lavey (Quickbites)

    Annalyn is an impact driven businesswoman ­ primarily focused in the intersection of food and technology. Most recently, she joined up with The Kitchen, an … Read More

  • Martina Lynch

    Martina Lynch (born December 2nd, 1995) is an American rapper, song writer and poet from Baltimore, MD (Also known as Tina TurntUP). Martina is mostly … Read More

  • Sophia Mendelsohn

    Sophia Mendelsohn is currently the Head of Sustainability at JetBlue. Sophia is responsible for shaping policies and practices that enhance JetBlue’s competitive advantages and … Read More

  • Dawn Moncrief

    Dawn Moncrief is the Founding Director of A Well-Fed World (AWFW), a hunger relief and animal protection nonprofit based in Washington, DC. AWFW’s … Read More

  • Scott Norton (Quickbites)

    Scott Norton is co-founder of Sir Kensington’s, the premier producer of all-natural ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard distributed nationwide. With a mission to bring integrity and … Read More

  • Anne O’Connor (Panelist)

    Anne O’Connor is the Director of Public Affairs at Organic Valley/Organic Prairie. Anne oversees the teams that promote the cooperative’s mission, manage the cooperative’s strategic … Read More

  • Erica Orange

    Erica is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of The Future Hunters, one of the world’s leading futurist consulting firms. She evaluates emerging social, … Read More

  • Sam Polk

    Sam is Co-founder and the CEO of Everytable. He’s also the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Groceryships. Prior to … Read More

  • Viraj Puri

    Viraj co-founded and serves as CEO of Gotham Greens, a worldwide pioneer in the field of commercial-scale urban agriculture. Gotham Greens provides its diverse retail, … Read More

  • Britta Riley

    Britta Riley is a five-time entrepreneur, building businesses at the intersection of food, sustainability, and health. Her most recent company, Windowfarms, was the world’s best … Read More

  • Angel Rodriguez

    Angel serves as the Vice President of Community Economic Development (CED) for Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM). APM is a Philadelphia based, catalytic non-profit that … Read More

  • Paul Willis (Quickbites)

    Paul Willis is a 5th generation family farmer and founder of the Niman Ranch Pork Company. He has owned … Read More

  • Konstantin Zvereff (Panelist)

    Konstantin left his native Barcelona at 18, earning his BA before spending two years with the Peace Corps in northern Mozambique. On his return to … Read More