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Corporate Sustainability Manager, Eco-Cycle
Kate Christian is the Corporate Sustainability Manager for Eco-Cycle and a zero-waste authority on working with businesses and leading the charge on innovative projects around hard-to-recycle materials. She manages the organization’s Green Star Business program that on moves industries toward greater sustainability by working with early adopters to share their knowledge and best practices to engage and encourage their peers. With a Masters of Science in Sustainable Food Systems, Kate is also Eco-Cycle’s in-house authority on food loss, food waste and packaging. Kate is a staunch believer that lost food and wasted resources are lost and wasted connections and it is her passion to create lasting sustainable change in our food systems.
Senior Associate, BFG Partners
Elizabeth has been with BFG since 2019. She currently serves as a Board Observer at Barnana, Curlsmith, 4th & Heart, Mid-Day Squares and Zitsticka, and is an advisor to a number of other CPG businesses in the BFG ecosystem. She is particularly passionate about plant-based alternatives and sustainability broadly in the CPG world. Prior to joining BFG, Elizabeth worked in management consulting at The Parthenon Group and Parthenon-EY. Elizabeth is based in Seattle, WA. Outside of the office, she is an avid cook, amateur runner and lifelong skier.
Senior Nutrition & Quality Standards Specialist, Natural Grocers
Geoff is the Senior Nutrition and Quality Standard Specialist for Natural Grocers and has been with the company for over 8 years. What started as a personal passion for nutrition has now turned into a career educating others on the benefits of following a healthy diet and lifestyle. He also supports the quality standards for Natural Grocers and ensures every ingredient in every product is scrutinized for its effects on human and environmental health. Geoff’s personal values align with his career which allow him to take pride in the work he does.
Owner, Stir Consulting
Sam Kressler is the owner of Stir Consulting, an innovation, commercialization, and product development firm for the natural foods industry specializing in organic and regenerative supply chains. Stir helps clients bring their products to market from ideation through scale-up to steady state production, with a focus on flavor-first and ultra-clean label development. Prior to Stir, Sam spent several years at Boulder Brands where he oversaw commercialization for all Evol, Glutino, and Udi’s innovation and renovation projects. Sam comes to this work as a classically trained development chef with extensive experience in both Culinary and CPG and holds a Masters in Sustainable Food Systems from NYU.
Sustainable Sourcing Manager, EarthHero
Ellie is a Sustainable Sourcing Manager for EarthHero, an online marketplace dedicated to sourcing the very best in sustainable and ethically made goods. Ellie focuses primarily on researching and vetting products and brands, ensuring that they meet the EarthHero standards for supply chain transparency, quality, and impact. Originally from the East Coast, she graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Visual Arts.
Executive Director, Garden to Table
Stephanie Dobbie is Executive Director of Garden To Table, a nonprofit organization that provides gardens, curriculum and support to schools so that all students can participate in garden-based learning. With a passion for healthy, sustainable food, Stephanie brings 20 years of experience in education and nonprofit leadership to the table to create more sustainable and equitable local food systems. Stephanie has a strong background in environmental science including a recent deep dive into soil health and regenerative agricultural practices. Stephanie has served in board positions for the Rio Grande Community Farm, La Montanita Natural Foods Coop and the Flatirons Young Farmers Coalition. She is trained as a Colorado Master Gardener and a volunteer with Eco-Cycle’s Community Carbon Farming Campaign. Stephanie is committed to building community around learning, growing and eating healthy food to foster connections to nature, personal health and wellness, and environmental stewardship.