About the Plant Based Foods Association

Our Mission

To ensure a fair and competitive marketplace for businesses selling plant-based foods intended to replace animal products such as meats, dairy, and eggs, by promoting policies and practices that improve conditions in the plant-based foods industry, and educating consumers about the benefits of plant-based foods.

We aim to:

  • Engage in education, public relations, and media outreach to increase visibility for plant-based foods and boost consumer acceptance;
  • Eliminate policies and practices that place plant-based meats, milks, eggs, and butters at an economic disadvantage, such as labeling restrictions;
  • Change the debate on important public policy issues such as the dietary guidelines.

The Plant Based Foods Association will also use various legal strategies, often in collaboration with other organizations, to challenge policies and practices that undercut its members in the marketplace. The goal is to level the playing field for plant-based foods to compete fairly.

Read Our Values

Our Board

JaimeAthosPresident: Jaime Athos – CEO, The Tofurky Company

MartinKrugerTreasurer: Martin Kruger – COO, Follow Your Heart

NicoleSopkoSecretary: Nicole Sopko – VP, Upton’s Naturals

MiyokoSchinner

Miyoko Schinner: CEO, Miyoko’s Kitchen

MichaelLynch

Michael Lynch: VP of Marketing, Daiya Foods

Doug Radi: CEO, Good Karma Foods

Our Staff

Michele Simon

Executive Director

Sara Rutkowski

Membership Director

Janli Degenhardt

Janli Degenhardt

Communications Director

Ciara LeChaux

Program Coordinator

Shannon Campagna

Shannon Campagna

Lobbyist

Sabina Vyas

Sabina Vyas

Consultant

Our Advisory Team

Haven Bourque

Haven Bourque

Media & PR
Sherene Chou

Sherene Chou

Nutrition
Rebecca Cross

Rebecca Cross

Legal
 Michele DeKinder-Smith

Michele DeKinder-Smith

Membership & Research
Chris Kerr

Chris Kerr

Start-ups, Investor Member
Mathis Martines

Mathis Martines

Retail & Marketing
David Meyer

David Meyer

Operations
Sapna Thottathil

Sapna Thottathil

Food Service