LaDonna Redmond is a long-time community activist who successfully worked to get Chicago Public Schools to evaluate junk food, launched urban agriculture projects, started a community grocery store and worked on federal farm policy to expand access to healthy food in low-income communities.
In 2009, Redmond was one of 25 citizen and business leaders named a Responsibility Pioneer by Time Magazine. Redmond is a former Food and Society Policy Fellow.
She is currently leading efforts at Minneapolis based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy to identify research gaps related to health in the food system, and connect researchers with those facing inequities in the food chain, including farmers, farm and food workers, and consumers.
Kevin Ryan is a Manager in the Strategy and Innovation group within General Mills. He holds a master's degree and a PhD from the University of Illinois as well as a graduate degree in gastronomy from the University of Adelaide in a program sponsored by Le Cordon Bleu. Using a mixture of anthropology, sociology and years of experience in the "fuzzy front end" of innovation, Kevin explores the strange and fascinating world of predicting the future of food.
Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota. As Program Director of Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities. In her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, where she works to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.
A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She is the author of five books, including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations and a novel, Last Standing Woman.