Mr. Shen became an entrepreneur in the 1990s, founding or co-founding B&B Media, and VFinity among other ventures in the past two decades, serving on boards and advisory boards including Omnicomm's sparks&honey Influencer Advisory Board, Good Food Institute, Food Tank, Poets & Writers. He founded FOOD-X in 2014; also served as venture partner of SOSV — the accelerator VC, a global multi-stage venture capital fund. Shen is a long time social activist, film buff, avid traveler, foodie, and writer/poet. He lives in New York City with his three children.
Gigi Lee Chang is passionate about food and children. She is an advisor in the food, health, wellness and sustainability space to both early stage companies as well as non-profits. Gigi is the Founder of Plum Organics and was most recently the CEO of the children's national non-profit Healthy Child Healthy World. Prior to founding Plum Organics, Gigi was the Director of Strategic Planning & Integrated Marketing at Euro RSCG/Havas as part of the global brand team for Intel.
Named one of the top women leaders in the "future of food" by Forbes in March 2017 and a top dealmaker and influencer in consumer food and beverage by CircleUp in Dec 2016, Gigi is also an expert on socially conscious/sustainable business practices and entrepreneurship and was an advisor to B Lab (B Corps).
She currently serves on the Friends Board of Good+ Foundation and the Advisory Boards of the Good Food Initiative of Arabella Advisors and the B Corp Force for Good Fund. She lives in New York City with her husband and 13-year old son.
Jenny Osman's love of food started with watching Two Fat Ladies as a little girl. The catalyst that transformed her love of food into a career choice to be part of the food movement was her experience living and teaching English abroad in Senegal. Witnessing the levels of hunger among her students opened Jenny's eyes to the pitfalls of the American food system at home.
Jenny has worked in food in positions ranging from line cook, to development of hunger-fighting initiatives to her current role as program coordinator with FoodFutureCo.
She is excited to work with people who are passionate about improving the world we live in through our food system.
Evan is a Brooklyn born entrepreneur and restauranteur who has always had a passion for quality food and hospitality. With over 15 years of restaurant experience he started his first food business (a sausage cart) as a student at SUNY Binghamton with $800. After it's success he went on to open his own cafe and bar, Café Oasis which served a wide range of local and seasonal beers and snacks. Eventually, his hometown pulled him back in and he opened Brooklyn Crepe & Juice, now with a second location in park slope, where he serves fresh juices, smoothies, crepes, and salads. He is also an owner at Wangs an acclaimed asian inspired soul food restaurant and Prawn Shop his newest venture which focuses on responsibly and ethically sourced seafood and has a no tipping policy to ensure fair wages for all employees. Evan has recently begun developing a seafood sausage called Seadogs which utilizes bycatch and less desirable local fish to make an impact on food waste and get people to eat healthier and more sustainably. He's very excited to be a part of the Food Future team and make a positive impact on our food system.
Mary Allen is a native Nashvillian and a sweet potato enthusiast. She is the founder of Plant Nasty, a lifestyle blog that showcases vegan athletes, chefs, and activists working to create a more sustainable and equitable food system. Prior to joining the FoodFutureCo team, Mary worked at Penguin Random House, helping to bring plant-based cookbooks as well as health and wellness titles to the translation market. When she isn't editing FoodFutureCo's blog, Harvest, she is likely running hills on the Williamsburg bridge or eating mango.