About Me

powell-7598_175x120I’m currently the director of communications for Bon Appétit Management Company, which New York Times writer Mark Bittman called “the most principled food services company in the country” thanks to its pioneering commitments to sustainable seafood, cage-free eggs, fighting antibiotics in animal agriculture, and to farmworker rights, among other commitments.

I oversee external and internal messaging, direct media relations, manage the BAMCO brand via social media, implement strategic partnerships, and assist the executive leadership with speeches, presentations, and opinion pieces, some of which are linked on this website. Since joining BAMCO in January 2011, I have helped secure major stories by the New York Times, Washington Post, Travel + Leisure, CNBC, The Motley Fool, Fast Company, and many other national and regional outlets.


A dot-com-bubble rider (Red Herring) turned university refugee (UC Berkeley), I co-founded one of the first “food-politics” blogs, The Ethicurean, in May 2006 — also coining that term to describe someone interested in sustainable, organic, local, and ethical (SOLE) food that also happens to be tasty. Since then, both “ethicurean” and “SOLE food” have entered common usage, including becoming a popular English restaurant. Our blog is now sporadic, but I still Tweet under @ethicurean.

Also in 2006, I started the Bay Area’s first-ever meat CSA, and later, moved to managing CSAs for Clark Summit Farm and Soul Food Farm.

In 2007 I left UC Berkeley to freelance full-time. I was deputy editor of Edible San Francisco, then food editor at Grist. My freelance food-politics writing appeared frequently in both publications as well as the Washington Post, Mother Jones, San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. I continue to manage Clark Summit Farm’s meat CSA as a volunteer.

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