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!


  • Anne O’Connor (Panelist)

    Director of Public Affairs, Organic Valley

    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 [...]

  • Viraj Puri

    Co-Founder and CEO, Gotham Greens

    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, [...]

  • Jonathan Cetnarski (Panelist)

    President & CEO, Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts

    Jonathan Cetnarski is the President & CEO of NYC’s Natural Gourmet Institute. He is a transformational executive who aims to redefine the culinary school experience for [...]

  • Frances Dillard (Panelist)

    Director of Marketing, Global Brand Lead, Driscoll’s

    Frances is the Director of Marketing and the Global Brand Lead for Driscoll’s. With the belief that brands play a vital role in making the world a better place to live, [...]

  • Konstantin Zvereff (Panelist)

    Co-Founder & CEO, Blue Cart

    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 the States, Konstantin [...]

  • Kate Cox (Panel Moderator)

    Editor, The New Food Economy

    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 a contributor to The [...]

  • Kim Huskey

    Food Services Manager, Americas, Google

    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 fine dining, and [...]

  • Martina Lynch

    Rapper, Song Writer and Poet

    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 known for her talents as [...]

  • Annalyn Lavey (Quickbites)

    GM, Founding Member, Square Roots Urban Growers, Inc.

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

  • Daniel Blake

    Co-Founder, Open, Ag, Inc.

    Daniel Blake joined the OpenAg, Inc. team because of his passion for fixing our food ecosystem. Our current food system, which feeds 7.3 billion people, is rapidly approaching [...]

  • Mary Cleaver (Panelist)

    Founder & Owner, The Cleaver Co.

    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, is the founder [...]

  • Devita Davison

    Director of Marketing & Communications, FoodLab Detroit

    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 Detroit in 2012. Her words are not [...]