ReFresh Working Group

Food Tank’s Refresh Working Group

The Refresh Working Group (RWG) brings together food, agriculture, and technology experts to ensure the positive application and responsible use of emerging technologies and data across these sectors. The group represents multisector stakeholders from across the agriculture, food, and technology industries, including distribution, retail, and consumer goods. RWG strives to ensure robust and healthy agriculture, and food marketplaces where innovation thrives and where small and big players alike can drive positive improvements throughout the global food system.

To join or for more information about Food Tank’s Refresh Working Group please email Food Tank Co-founder Bernard Pollack at

Refresh Working Group Publications

Refresh Working Group Members

Robert Nathan Allen

Founder, Executive Director

Little Herds

Marta Antonelli

Head of Research

Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition

Cynthia Billops

VP, Operations, Membership & Belonging

One Step Closer

Melissa Brandão

Founder & Chief Revenue Officer


Don Bustos


Santa Cruz Farm

Deb Casurella



Joi Chevallier

Founder and CEO

The Cook's Nook

Girish Chowdhary

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tim Day


Ice Miller LLP

Irving Fain

Founder and CEO

Bowery Farming

Craig Ganssle

Founder and CEO


Phillip Holmes

Founder and CEO

Swell Creative Group

Kyle Joseph

Head of Innovation Strategy and Partnerships

American Family Insurance

Mark Kaplan

Founder and Partner


Laura Katz

CEO and Founder


Kevin Krueger

Global Vending Solutions Manager


Ali Lange

Privacy Manager


Joe Luck

Professor of Biological Systems Engineering

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lindsey Lusher Shute

CEO; Co-Owner

Farm Generations Coop; Hearty Roots Farm

Emily Ma

Head of Food for Good


Carlotta Mast

SVP and Market Leader

New Hope Network

Michelle Miller

Associate Director

University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

Jeff Mitchel

Director of Data Science


Rebekah Moses

Vice President of Impact Strategy

Iron Ox

Isa Mujahid


Sankofa Cooperatives

Audra Mulkern


The Female Farmer Project

Anthony Myint

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Zero Footprint

Michel Nischan

Founder and President

Wholesome Wave

Holly Parker

Senior Director of Programs

Fair Food Network

Alicia Powers

Managing Director, Hunger Solutions Institute

Auburn University

Amanda Ramcharan

Risk Assessment Lead, Plant Health

Bayer Crop Science

Ankita Raturi

Assistant Professor

Agricultural Informatics Lab, Purdue University

Lee Recht

Head of Sustainability

Aleph Farms

Ted Robb


New Barn

Chinmay Soman

Co-Founder and CEO


Matthew Wadiak

Founder and CEO

Cooks Venture

Karen Washington

Co-Owner and Organic Grower

Rise & Root Farm

Rick Whitted

President and CEO

U.S. Hunger

Ben Worley


AgriSource Data

Jimmy Wright


Wright’s Market

Amy Wu

Founder & Chief Content Director

From Farms to Incubators

Erin Meyer

Sustainable Food Programs Coordinator

University of California, Merced

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