The Plant Based Foods Association announced that Rachel Dreskin will be joining the association as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Rachel comes to PBFA from Compassion in World Farming where she served as their U.S. Executive Director. Before serving as Compassion USA’s Executive Director, Rachel served as their Head of Food Business where she oversaw the growth and development of the organization’s corporate engagement program.
"I am so excited to be sharing the news of PBFA’s CEO hire with our members, collaborators, and friends. In the time that I’ve spent with her over the past few weeks, I have been inspired by Rachel's visionary ideas for building relationships, meeting member needs, and advancing PBFA into our next stage of growth,” says Nicole Sopko, PBFA Board President. “Combining her management experience with the incredible team of experts we already have in place doing such important work on behalf of our members and this industry is going to greatly expand PBFA’s capacity to effect change. I am so confident and excited about our future with the direction of this dedicated and experienced leader."
A graduate of Northeastern University’s School of Business with a dual focus in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Rachel has worked extensively with Fortune 500 companies to incorporate and strengthen animal welfare within corporate sustainability programs. As Executive Director, Rachel led Compassion USA’s growing role in forging a more humane and sustainable food and farming system through measurable farmed animal welfare improvements and protein diversification.
Rachel also serves as board member of Global Animal Partnership and the Regenerative Organic Alliance, has guest lectured at top US universities like Stanford, University of California, Santa Cruz and University of Delaware, and has been featured in Bloomberg, Fortune Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and more.
"PBFA plays an essential and pivotal role in reforming our food system, and I'm proud to be joining a talented team and immensely exciting organization,” adds Rachel. “I look forward to building on the strong foundation to enable growth within the plant-based foods sector, not only benefiting our members and stakeholders but also people, animals, and the planet."
“We’re beyond thrilled to have Rachel as the next CEO of the PBFA and lead the organization into an exciting future for plant-based foods,” says Doug Radi, PBFA Board Member and Chair of the Search Committee. “Rachel’s collaborative style, ability to build strong industry coalitions, and keen strategic planning and executional mindset will make her an outstanding leader for PBFA and our broader industry.”
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