Food is our universal common denominator, however today's food is not what our grandparents experienced.
FoodFutureCo's mission is to support companies who are helping to fix today's food challenges.
Shen Tong is a serial entrepreneur, impact investor with 30+ food innovation investments and other media, and high tech investments. He is founder & MP of Food Future. One of Newsweek’s People of the Year in 1989, Shen Tong was an organizer of the democracy movement in 1989 that occupied Tiananmen Square while he was at Beijing University. After his exile to the US, he finished his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University, and went on to study in PhD programs at Boston University and Harvard University. 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 Food Tank, Change Food, Poets & Writers. He founded FOOD-X in 2014; also serves 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 a writer/poet. Watch Shen Tong's TEDx talk.
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.
Rich Wallace is a purveyor of exciting and disruptive CPG innovations. He found his love for CPG while working as an analyst at boutique consulting firm, Beverage Marketing Corporation, before joining Vita Coco Coconut Water in 2012. At Vita Coco, Rich focused on distribution and pricing strategies, innovation and category growth with national retail partners. Most recently, he was the 5th US hire at Behalf, a fintech startup revolutionizing B2B payments. Irish-born with a joint-degree from Dublin City and Northeastern, Rich is thrilled to be part of the FoodFutureCo team.
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.
Justin Kamine is a managing member of Kamine Development Corporation and has been at the forefront of sustainable technologies and investing in environmentally sensitive products. Justin is a member of the CREO – Cleantech Syndicate which comprises of 12 family offices focused on deploying over $1 billion into sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and energy efficiency technologies. Currently, Justin is on the Board of California Safe Soil, a patented food waste conversion company, the first investor and advisor to LoliWare (as seen on Shark Tank) the world’s first 100% biodegradable and edible material, investor/advisor to ZabCab a unique patented transportation app amongst other ventures such as KDC Solar, a $225 million solar development company, Aerofarms, a leader in LED indoor vertical farms and Emogi. Justin also serves as an advisor and mentor to many startups including the incubator program titled EntreprenYOURs. Justin believes in an open, honest and integrity driven approach to business and is focused on proving the theory that environmentally sustainable investments can provide better yields compared to conventional investments.
Andrew Levy formerly led marketing, sales, and strategy efforts for many of Twitter's largest advertisers across the company's mobile promotion suite. He oversaw multi-million dollar mobile & social marketing campaigns for the world's leading mobile apps, brands, and agencies, and informed internal mobile product strategy. He was an early employee at TapCommerce (acquired by Twitter for 9-figures), where he helped to build a globally distributed sales force and scale the company's revenue org.
Andrew was a founder of one of the largest entrepreneurial support platforms in New England and has managed or supported efforts at multiple startup accelerators including Betaspring and Techstars. He ran the University of Texas accelerator program and led consulting projects for IP-spinouts at the Austin Technology Incubator, where portfolio companies have raised in excess of $1 billion in investor capital and seen exits to companies like Home Depot, Qualcomm, IBM, Salesforce, etc.
Andrew is an active startup advisor and formerly operated growth consulting firm Redbud Strategies. Before entering the tech world, he was an equities trader for nearly 4 years. He enjoys reading, health & fitness, outdoor sports, hot sauce, and Texas.
Jason Lloyd is a mission driven NYC native with a lifelong love of food and music. Having grown up in a food family, Jason made the decision to leave the finance world in 2004 to enter food and beverage, eventually co-founding Cow & Clover in 2014, a farm to table restaurant and event space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. After feeling unsatisfied by running operations of the business, he orchestrated a partnership that would allow him to step away from the grind of running a New York restaurant to focus on his passions of sustainable food justice and his own family.
A believer that food is paramount to health and wellness, Jason has taught children in poor neighborhoods the importance of a healthy breakfast while also employing and teaching at risk youth culinary skills. An entrepreneur and food activist at heart, Jason was attracted to FoodFutureCo by the opportunity to work with fellow entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of food innovation, changing the way the world eats and where that food comes from.
In his free time Jason enjoys hosting cookouts on his rooftop for friends and family, weekends in Vermont, playing guitar, and an assortment of adventures around Brooklyn with his wife and children.
Murphy’s career has taken her all over the world. Kathleen Murphy brings 16 years of on-camera and Executive Producing experience for national networks to her work with authors, athletes, executives, entrepreneurs and CEO’s.
She traveled daily with the Tour de France race through the French countryside creating and reporting daily features and conducting cyclist interviews; lived in the canopy of the rain forest of Costa Rica; explored witchcraft and politics in Cuba; fly-fished the rivers of Montana and lived on a boat in Alaska king salmon waters, adopting a dog sledding team. Her co-hosting with Regis Philbin garnered her the New York Post’s vote to replace Kathie Lee Gifford.
Kathleen Murphy is an Amherst College graduate and has a graduate degree from Harvard University, Radcliffe College. She is a two-time New York City Marathon finisher and has read to the blind as a volunteer for twelve years.
Tom Stevens is principal of the law firm Stevens & Associates, a successor to the firm he founded in 1989. He is an English solicitor and an American attorney with a focus on finance, mergers and acquisitions, entity structuring and governance, tax planning, international transactions, and best practices analyses. He is an avid supporter of early entrepreneurs, providing mentoring through the firm's Startup Trebuchet Program. Tom makes regular presentations on entrepreneurship, angel and VC funding, and early-stage best practices at 1871, among Chicago's and the country's premier incubators, and serves on several boards, including Moneythink, The Experience Institute, and I-Go.