Meet Our Advisory Council
Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” and awarded “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of 26 restaurants plus a food truck located throughout the country and in Mexico City. José is the only chef globally that has both a two-star Michelin restaurant and four Bib Gourmands. His award winning restaurants include two Michelin-starred minibar by José Andrés, Jaleo, Zaytinya, J by José Andrés at W Mexico City, Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas, the Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and South Beach, and Beefsteak, his vegetable-driven fast casual concept. Andrés is a committed advocate of food and hunger issues and is known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. In 2012, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides smart solutions to hunger and poverty by using the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies. Andrés’ work has earned awards and distinctions including the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from International Association of Culinary Professionals and the 2015 National Humanities Medal, one of twelve distinguished recipients of the award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Andrés was also named EY Master Entrepreneur of the Year in Greater Washington for his leadership and impact on the global business community and was also awarded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Chair’s Medallion Award.
Christopher Bradshaw is a social justice entrepreneur whose expertise is using social innovation through the food system to grow meaningful community economic development within marginalized communities. Christopher honed his organizing and entrepreneurial skills at Howard University while studying political science and business, developing a human rights centered world view as an area coordinator for Amnesty International.
His call to social organizing led him to leave Howard to form Dreaming Out Loud, Inc. (DOL), which fully embraces urban agriculture and social enterprise as mechanisms for changing communities.Chris further developed his skills in social entrepreneurship and innovation as a StartingBloc Fellow and honed his skills in growing techniques through workshops atGrowing Power, courses at the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, and hands-on experience.
Christopher is a member of the first-ever DC Food Policy Council, was selected as a 2015 Ashoka-American Express Emerging Innovator, one of Food Tank’s 20 Leaders Under 40 Who Are Shaping the Future of Our Food System, and one of 50 Under 50: Innovative Leaders Transforming Metro DC’s Food System. He is a frequent speaker on social innovation, urban agriculture and regional food systems, and the food sovereignty movement.
“True sustainability moves beyond data points and digits; rather, it also works to encompass the human, the social, and the ethical sustainability of our institutions, our practices, and policies that impede human freedom. True sustainability challenges systems of oppression, whether race, gender, or class and cuts deeply into root causes.”
George Coelho is Co-Founder of Quadia Ventures, an investment manager specialized in social and environmental finance. With close to USD 150 million invested in over 25 companies, projects and funds, Quadia is a leading and pioneering impact investor. Coelho also co-founded the European arm of Benchmark Capital, now known as Balderton Capital, a leading venture capital firm. Before Benchmark, he was a founder of Intel Capital, the strategic venture capital arm of Intel Corporation.
Coelho has wide investment experience ranging from early-stage start-ups to public companies and has been involved in more than 100 investments worldwide. Sample transactions where he has been an early investor include: Broadcom and Citrix (US), PCCW (China), Trend Micro (Japan) and Betfair, LoveFilm, ZOPA and Wonga (UK). Coelho has successfully brought companies to flotation on stock exchanges throughout the world. Today these companies represent over $50 Billion in market capitalization.
Coelho holds a B.S. from The American University and an MBA from The George Washington University. He has been a Trustee of The George Washington University (2008-2016) and remains on the Councils of the School of Business, The Corcoran School of the Arts & Design and the GW Sustainability Collaborative. He is on the Zurich Committee of Human Rights Watch and a lifetime Fellow of the RSA. In 2011 he was awarded the Polish State medal, Pro Memoria.
“I used to invest in dirty fuels, now I only invest in clean energy. Sustainability is not only good for the planet, it’s a growing field for businesses and investors to create innovative products that will help sustain our planet.”
John Ehrmann is a founder and Senior and Managing Partner of Meridian Institute. Dr. Ehrmann has pioneered the use of collaborative decision-making processes for 30 years at the local, national, and international levels. He has designed and implemented projects in wide range of public policy arenas involving legislation, regulatory development, and Federal Advisory Committees and international agreements. He also regularly works in organizational management and strategic planning settings; in communities and on site-specific disputes; and with stakeholder groups advising NGOs and companies. He is frequently asked to advise organizations regarding the design and use of collaborative approaches to address challenging issues. Dr. Ehrmann’s work has focused on environmental and natural resources issues, energy and climate change, public health, science and technology, and the economic and social challenges associated with developing sustainable practices for communities and industries.
In addition to his extensive involvement in designing, convening, and facilitating collaborative processes, Dr. Ehrmann has promoted the use of collaborative decision making through lectures and the publication of numerous articles on consensus-based decision making in the public policy field. He has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Wyoming and is a member of the External Advisory Board to the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan, a joint program between the Ross School of Business and the School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Dr. Ehrmann received his undergraduate degree from Macalester College and his Ph.D. in Natural Resource Policy and Environmental Dispute Resolution from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. His doctoral dissertation involved developing a practice-based model of the policy dialogue that can be applied to both practice and research. Between 1983 and 1997, Dr. Ehrmann was executive vice president at The Keystone Center. In September 1997, he became one of the founders of Meridian Institute.
“Achieving a truly sustainable future, will only be possible through the type of integrated, cross-disciplinary research, teaching and service that is exemplified by the work of the GW Sustainability Collaborative.”
Kelly Horton is the North America Policy Director for Mars, Incorporated. In her role she is responsible for navigating the food and nutrition policy and regulatory landscape, driving issues management processes, and developing and implementing engagement plans with external and internal stakeholders. Kelly facilitates Mars’ North America Food Policy Group, which serves as a central facilitating body for policy and regulatory strategy creation and deployment.
Prior to working at Mars, Kelly was Agriculture and Nutrition Senior Policy Advisor for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) where she was responsible for Agriculture and FDA Appropriations. Her portfolio included food and nutrition policy, food safety, food labeling, drug and device approval, environment, energy, and interior policy. Kelly’s other experience included being Policy Director for the National Council on Aging’s Center for Healthy Aging, serving as a Health & Aging Policy Fellow/American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow on the USDA’s Farm to School Tactical Team, acting as a Legislative Assistant within Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s office. Prior to this, Kelly founded a consulting company specializing in farm and nutrition policy and advocacy. She also served as a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow on the Food and Nutrition Board within the Institute of Medicine.
Kelly holds a Master of Science in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and is a Registered Dietitian with Board Certification as a Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition. She lives in Washington, DC.
“Cultivating passion and commitment for creating sustainable solutions to the world’s problems – big and small – will lead us to a future where around the globe people are able to live happier, healthier lives.”
Izzy Moody ’19 is an undergraduate student at the George Washington University with a zeal for sustainable agriculture. Her passion for all things food-related stems from her upbringing in Vermont, where she helped her mom sell baked goods at a local farmers market, spent summers working on organic farms and gardens, and established an on-site compost system at her high school.
At GW, Izzy has engaged with sustainable food and agriculture through her coursework and extracurricular activities. She volunteered for two years in the GroW Community Garden, which she now manages, and served as Co-President of the garden’s student organization. Izzy also served as an inaugural Food Institute Student Fellow from 2016-2017. Between academic years, Izzy has milked goats and harvested vegetables as a WWOOFer in France and interned with the Agricultural Marketing Service at the USDA. This fall, Izzy will be studying food security and sustainable food systems in Malawi, India, and Italy through the School for International Training.
“To me, a truly sustainable system embraces and promotes environmental justice. Sustainability must address how marginalized communities- specifically communities of color- are disproportionately affected by all kinds of unsustainable practices. From advocating against the labor abuses of our food system to researching the public health implications of our use of dirty energy, living sustainably means using power and privilege to dismantle systems of oppression.”
Terry Murphy is currently the Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs after serving as the Senior Associate Dean in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. She oversees a wide portfolio of responsibilities, including the offices of International Strategy, Faculty Affairs, Academic Planning, and the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum. Before joining the Office of the Provost, she served as Senior Associate Dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, where she led the day-to-day operations and long-term academic and financial planning of the university’s largest College.
Terry has helped lead the academic integration of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design into Columbian College and served on the successful search committee for the Corcoran’s inaugural director. She also participated in the development of GW’s strategic plan, co-chaired and co-authored the university’s successful Middle States accreditation progress report, and chaired the development and implementation of Columbian College’s general education curriculum reform.
A noted scholar on the relationship between gender and culture in the late 18th- and early 19th-centuries, Terry previously served as chair of the Department of American Studies. Her work has been recognized by such institutions as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institutions, and the National Park Service. In 2011, she received the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for University Service for her significant contributions to the university.
Terry earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and her graduate and doctoral degrees in American Studies from Yale University.
“Interdisciplinary research and education is at the heart of GW’s sustainability efforts.”
Bob Perciasepe is President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), which is widely recognized in the United States and internationally as a leading, independent voice for practical policy and action to address our energy and climate challenges.
Mr. Perciasepe has been an environmental policy leader in and outside government for more than 40 years, most recently as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He is a respected expert on environmental stewardship, natural resource management, and public policy, and has built a reputation for bringing stakeholders together to solve issues.
While Mr. Perciasepe served as Deputy Administrator from 2009 to 2014, EPA set stricter auto emissions and mileage standards, increased protections for the nation’s streams and rivers, and developed carbon emissions standards for power plants. Mr. Perciasepe was previously assistant administrator for both the agency’s water and clean air programs, leading efforts to improve the safety of America’s drinking water and development of a new infrastructure revolving fund for drinking water. He also led efforts to lower sulfur levels in gasoline and diesel fuel to reduce smog.
In 2002, Mr. Perciasepe joined the National Audubon Society, one of the nation’s oldest conservation organizations, as its senior vice president for public policy. He served as the group’s chief operating officer from 2004 to 2009, and worked to protect wetlands and expand environmental education, especially in urban areas.
He has also held top positions in state and municipal government — as Secretary of the Environment for the state of Maryland from 1990 to 1993 and as a senior planning official for the city of Baltimore, where he managed the city’s capital budget.
Mr. Perciasepe is a member of the Bank of America National Community Advisory Council, the National Academy of Science Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, and the National Petroleum Council. He serves on the boards of the Keystone Policy Center and the Environmental Law Institute. He has received American University’s William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership, the Chesapeake Water Environment Association’s Able Wolman Award, the American Lung Association’s Distinguished Service award and the Walter G. Wells Conservation Award.
Mr. Perciasepe holds a master’s degree in planning and public administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resources from Cornell University.
“Improving and maintaining a quality of life for all peoples will require the use of resources, the land and energy with a sharper focus on the future. Sustaining our planet and the people on it demand that vision.”
Shauna Sadowski is the Vice President of Sustainability & Industry Relations at Annie’s, Inc. (a division of General Mills), an organic and natural foods company based in Berkeley, CA. She is responsible for leading the company’s sustainability strategy, which includes integrating sustainability into the product design and supply chain, with a particular emphasis on food and farming programs, partnering with industry on best practices, engaging and educating employees, and developing robust measurement tools to track and report progress. Her projects seek to ensure transparency and accountability from farm to fork, with the ultimate goal of contributing to a more sustainable food system. Prior to joining Annie’s in 2010, Shauna worked on sustainability management within the food sector at Clif Bar and Company, Fork in the Road Foods, and BSR (Business for Social Responsibility). Before transitioning to an emphasis within the consumer products sector, she worked with a variety of industries through management consulting roles at the Corporate Executive Board and Arthur Andersen.
Shauna’s commitment to creating a more sustainable food system stems from her early years, growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada, where she learned firsthand the pressures that farmers face while making a living from the land. She has a deep passion for creating meaningful connections between farmers – stewards of the land – and consumers. She believes that through thoughtful policy, education, and engagement, companies can improve transparency about their products’ origins and impacts. In doing so, they can motivate support to protect natural resources and social capital, building the possibility for systemic positive change.
Shauna received her BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a MS in Agriculture, Food and Environment from the Friedman School at Tufts University. She serves on the board of the Sustainable Food Trade Association.
Shauna lives in Berkeley with her husband, two children, and boisterous Boston Terrier.
“We need to integrate a triple bottom line sustainability lens into all forms of decision-making – from the business to the policy world – in order to address problems and uncover opportunities – for us now and for generations to come.”
Adam Warthesen is the Government Relations Coordinator for Organic Valley’s CROPP Cooperative. Warthesen joined CROPP in October 2014. Previous to coming to CROPP he worked for 12 years on food and farm policy for a Minnesota non-profit at the federal and state level. Warthesen was raised on a diversified crop and livestock operation in Wabasha County, Minnesota where is family still farms today. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in public policy from Bemidji State University. At CROPP Warthesen focuses on government affairs and provides support to various departments and farmers on organic food and farm programs, regulations, and campaigns. His duties include cultivating relations with policymakers and agency staff as well as numerous organic food and farm stakeholders.