Volunteer Leaders Providing Mentorship and Perspective

Our Advisors are successful business and social entrepreneurs who provide, based on their own time and interest, guidance to the School, our amazing students and faculty, and fledgling companies.

Our ever-growing network of advisors are helping budding entrepreneurs learn how to make connections to succeed in the world of food and nutrition.


Advisors offer their time and expertise to our entrepreneurial community through workshops, meetings, and one-on-one consultations

Meet the Advisors

Get to know the people who are moving nutrition forward with the School!
  • Lauren Abda, MS, N12Founder, Branchfood; Co-Founder, Branch Venture Group
  • Carlos Barroso—President, CJB and Associates 
  • Wendy Behr, N15Vice-President, Coffee and Packaging Innovation, Keurig Dr. Pepper, Inc.; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Richard Black, PhD—Principal, Quadrant D Consulting; Adjunct Professor, Friedman School; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Michael Blau, JD, N12PRetired Partner, Foley and Lardner LLP; Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
  • Peter Boyce II—General Catalyst
  • Kevin Boylan—Co-Founder, Veggie Grill; Managing Partner, PowerPlant Ventures
  • Karen Bressler Lecturer, Tufts University Gordon Institute- Entrepreneurship & Food
  • Gerard Bridi—Former President and CEO, NutriSavings; Entrepreneurship and Startup Advisor
  • Shawn Broderick—Chief Acceleration Officer and General Partner, SOSV; Managing Director, Food-X and dLab
  • Jason Camm—Managing Director & Chief Medical Officer, Thiel Capital LLC; Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
  • Jessica Deckinger, MBA—Chief Marketing Officer, Humana EDGE
  • Jack Derby—Professor, Tufts Entrepreneurship Center; CEO, Derby Management
  • Leslie Durso—Vegan Chef & Wellness Expert, Leslie Durso Inc.
  • Robert Egger—Former Founder and CEO, L.A. Kitchen
  • Ryan Egger, MS, A14, N17Vice-President, Somalabs
  • David L. Eigen, JD—Co-Manager, P5 Health Ventures
  • Jimena Florez—Founder and CEO, Chaak Health Snacks
  • Neil Grimmer—Founder, Habit; Co-Founder, Plum Organics
  • Arvind Gupta—Managing Director, IndieBio; General Partner, SOSV
  • Jennifer Hashley, MS, AG05—Director of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Friedman School
  • Michael Hebb—Teaching Fellow, University of Washington; Founder, Convivium/One Pot; Partner, Roundglass; Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
  • Irwin Heller, A67, A98PMember, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
  • Rick Henrikson, Ph.D—CEO and Founder, Ongo Science Inc.
  • Josh Hix—Co-Founder and former CEO, Plated
  • Andrew Ive, MBA—Founder, Big Idea Ventures; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Kellee James, MBA—Founder & CEO, Mercaris
  • Michael Karsch, A90, F91The Juice Press, LLC; Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors; Trustee, Tufts University
  • Zain Kassam, MD, MPH—Zain Kassam, MD, MPH—Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer, Finch Therapeutics
  • Patricia Kearney, MEd, RD, N78, AG81President & CEO, PMK Associates, Inc.; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Alexander King, MBA—Director, Strategy, Insights & Analytics, Eastman; Mentor, MIT Venture Mentor Service
  • Ashley Koff, RDCEO, The Better Nutrition Program
  • Alex Kopelyan, PharmD—Program Director, IndieBio
  • Bill Layden—Principal, Layden Enterprises, LLC; Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
  • Jon McIntyre, PhD—CEO, Motif Ingredients
  • Jim Miller—Chief Mentor, MassChallenge
  • Ayr Muir—Founder & CEO, Clover Food Lab
  • Nicole Negowetti—Senior Director of Policy, Plant Based Foods Association 
  • Danielle Nierenberg, MS, N01President, Food Tank
  • Mehrdad Noorani, MBAFounding Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners 
  • Fiorenzo Omenetto—Director, Silklab; Dean for Research, Tufts School of Engineering
  • Sean O’Sullivan, BSEE; Founder and Managing Partner, SOSV; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Kevin Jyo OyeE79 —Executive Director, Gordon Institute; Director, M.S. in Innovation & Management Program Professor of the Practice, Tufts University
  • Rebecca Parekh—Founder & CEO, THE WELL
  • Eve Turow Paul—Author, Journalist, and Executive Director for the Food for Climate League
  • Laura Paulus — General Partner, Peak Health Capital
  • David Radlo, A86Executive Coach | Professional Board Member | CEO, RB Markets-Achievemost Formerly Founder | President and CEO, Radlo Foods (Egg-Land’s Best-Born Free)
  • Mark Ranalli, MBA—Dean, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship; Montana State University
  • Micah Risk, MS, N13President & Co-Founder, Lighter Inc.
  • Sally Sampson— Founder & CEO, Chop Chop Magazine
  • Tom Shields—Founder, NetGravity and Yieldex
  • Ron Shigeta, PhD—CSO, Wild Earth Pets
  • Rajiv Srinath—Co-Founder and Managing Partner, MNI Partners LLC
  • Akhil Srivastava—Head of Strategic Execution, Indigo; Co-Founder, Pyur Solutions
  • Dennis Steindler, PhDConsultant, Steindler Consulting
  • Bob Stringer—Founder & CEO, Crimson Seed Capital LLC
  • Maha Tahiri, PhD—Founder & CEO, Nutrition Sustainability Strategies LLC; Adjunct Professor, Tufts University 
  • Antonio Tataranni, MD—Deputy Chief Scientific Officer and SVP, R&D Life Sciences, PepsiCo
  • Heather Terry—Executive Mentor, Serial Entrepreneur, and Partner at BeyondBrands
  • Latham Thomas, HHC, AADP—Founder, Nutrition and Lifestyle Expert, Mama GlowMember, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Daina Trout, PhD, N07, MG07, NG07CEO and Co-Founder, Health-Ade
  • Uma Valeti—CEO and Co-Founder, Memphis Meats
  • Peter Van-Dael—Senior Vice President, DSM Nutritional Products
  • Matthew M. Whitney—SVP, Sales Strategy & Business Transformation, UNFI
  • Amy Wu— Founder & Chief Content Director, From Farms to Incubators
  • Jeffrey Zurofsky— CEO and Cofounder, No Small Plans LLC, ‘Wichcraft and Riverpark; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council

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