PBFA is celebrating the start of 2019 with some exciting changes to our growing team! I’m thrilled to announce the addition of two new board members, as well as some new staff.

I’m delighted to welcome Suzanne Hagener, director of brand marketing, non-dairy products, at Blue Diamond Growers, and Lauren Beck, the head of U.S. government relations at Kellogg Company to our board of directors. They each have the passion, drive, and experience to make them valuable assets to the PBFA board, and their talents will help guide our efforts to help America grow plant-based!

We’ve also gained two new staff members: Julie Emmett and Sabina Vyas.

Julie is the new senior director of retail partnerships, building on her expertise in food marketing and retail. Remember our awesome “Fall in Love with Plant Based” campaign with Lucky Supermarkets? That was led by Julie! She is now joining our team to expand retailer opportunities, providing valuable insights and innovative strategies to grow the plant-based foods sector.

Sabina is our new director of strategic partnerships. Over the past two years Sabina has served as a consultant to PBFA, working on numerous initiatives that spanned PBFA’s policy and food service programs. She will now lead our efforts to expand plant-based options in food service, including an innovative plant-based “grab-and-go” concept, while also fostering relationships with partner organizations.

Dan Colegrove is also joining our plant-based team as a consultant on state-level policy. Dan is the chief advocacy strategist & lobbying director at Gunster Strategies Worldwide and a specialist in state-level government affairs work. He will help advance our mission in state legislatures.

Finally, our team is excited to welcome Ken Botts of the Humane Society of the United States as our new food service advisor. Ken joins nine other industry leaders on our advisory team.

Read the press release here. To view all of our board members, staff, and advisors, check out our About Us page.

-Michele Simon