Ted Bellinger

Director, AVL Growth Partners

Ted’s background is in finance, analytics, strategy and operations and he began his career in New York City as an investment banker and private equity investor. In 2013, Ted moved to Colorado where he managed key strategic initiatives at Craftsy, a Denver-based online education and e-Commerce startup. He also worked at Kopernik, an international development NGO in Indonesia that distributes solar lights, water filters, cook-stoves and other clean technologies to remote communities across Southeast Asia. Ted has extensively studied food systems, including the negative impacts that industrialized food systems have on the environment, animal welfare, and human health. Ted earned his undergraduate degree in finance and accounting from NYU's Stern School of Business and is currently a consultant with New Adventure Advisors.

John Brett, PhD


Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado Denver


A nutritional anthropologist on faculty at the University of Colorado Denver (Emeritus), John’s research has focused on dietary decision making, micro-finance, and food security in urban settings in Latin America and the U.S.  His current work on localizing the food supply and food security in Denver neighborhoods has led to the realization that the current food system isn’t broken (which could be fixed) but fundamentally unfair, with benefits skewed toward corporate producers and costs piling onto those segments of the population with the least choice. John is convinced that food security will only be realized as the historical and structural inequities in the food system are revealed and changed.

Maggie Brown

Event Manager, Eventful Productions; Bronco Game Volunteer Coordinator, We Don't Waste; Co-founder, UpRoot Colorado


As a young girl, Maggie fell in love with her grandfather's garden and all of the delicious stews, pickles, and fruits that it created. Nowadays, Maggie believes in the power of experiential education and works to improve the food system for low-income, rural, and inexperienced community groups. Maggie co-founded UpRoot Colorado and further serves community by acting as We Don’t Waste’s Volunteer Coordinator at Broncos’ games. Maggie holds a B.S. in Human Nutrition-Dietetics from Metropolitan State University.

Courtlyn grew up in western Colorado where she took full advantage of abundant opportunities to spend time outdoors hiking, biking, and skiing.  Her love of the outdoors and concern for the environment led her to study environmental engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, from where she recently graduated with her degree. 

Courtlyn has worked on several farms across the United States, and she spent a summer studying food systems in Denmark and England.  Not only was this farming experience rewarding, but it also created an appreciation for the hard work that goes into agriculture and the amount of food surplus and waste that exists across the world.

In addition, Courtlyn co-founded a nonprofit organization in 2016 called BridgeUSA that engages college students in virtuous discourse about contentious issues.  Courtlyn is currently pursuing her Masters in Environmental Engineering and, in moments of cultivated spare time, enjoys volunteering as a park ranger in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and playing cello at gigs around Metro Denver.  

Courtlyn Carpenter

Co-founder, BridgeUSA



Reuben merged his previous careers in politics, education, and social work with his passion for agriculture. While spending a decade in social work, he began to understand the importance of access to affordable and healthful food for all. His passion for growing food at home led to starting community gardens which then led to farming for different entities, such as Denver Public Schools. Reuben now serves community in the role of Food Systems Policy Advocate, as well as the Food Security Specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  

Reuben is a former Rocky Mountain Farmers’ Union fellow, is co-chair of the mayor-appointed Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council and currently sits on the board for The Land, an agriculture-based faith community. 

Reuben Gregory

Food Systems Policy Advocate, Consultant; Food Security Specialist, Children’s Hospital Colorado


While at Stony Brook University pursuing a degree in Sustainability Studies  and Environmental Design, Policy, & Planning, Mike helped to develop a rooftop farm atop the university hospital which fed patients with dietary restrictions.

Since then, he has gained experience in organic farming, trail building and environmental education working for, and alongside, several nonprofit organizations and government entities. Currently, Mike is the founder and executive director of Plant The Seed Project, which provides the resources and skills necessary for youth to participate in the global food system.

He hopes to get back to his rooftop roots using Permaculture Design and Green Roofing Professional certifications.

Mike Spade

Executive Director, Plant the Seed Project

Dan leads several projects that explore and demonstrate the alternatives to our broken food system. After many years working in the private sector, Dan decided to bring his knowledge of operations and partnerships to the charitable sector. Dan leads several projects that explore and demonstrate the alternatives to our broken food system. Within and beyond current projects including North West Food and the Gleaning Network, Dan’s focus is on working with communities to build better, fairer and more sustainable futures.

Dan also volunteers for, works with, and helps to steer Made In Hackney, an environmentally minded charity that teaches vital food and cooking skills.

Dan Woolley

Head of Pilot Programmes, Feedback Global