We’re enlightened foodies, who came together not only because we share a passion for delicious food but because we deeply believe that building sustainable food systems, starting with agroforestry, is fundamental to our ability to enjoy the most delicious foods forever!
We’re here to strengthen forest-based economies. To do so, we’re planting more trees, protecting and enhancing forest biodiversity, growing more forest-based food, and building more equitable supply chains.
Ariana Day Yuen
FOUNDER, CEO, and marketing director
Ariana started her career as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in their DC and New York City offices where she advised clients across the government, non-profit, and private sectors. She then joined TechnoServe as a Fellow in their Ethiopia office and joined them full-time thereafter supporting a range of projects with Nespresso, Mondelez, Gates Foundation, JDC, the Swedish Government, and Diageo to ultimate design and build more sustainable and equitable value chains and market systems. Her accumulated experiences, passion for sustainable and delicious food, and deepening sense of responsibility to tackle complex societal issues are what led to Forested Foods.
Ariana grew up in Hong Kong. She attended Syracuse University and studied Advertising Communications, Entrepreneurship, and Economics. She is currently completing her MBA from Yale’s School of Management.
operations COORDINATOR and Stakeholder Affairs
Netsanet establishes and manages our relationships with the farming communities and stakeholders we work with. She was born and raised in Addis Ababa and graduated from Unity University majoring in Marketing Management.
Sissay Girma provides critical oversight of and support to our forest-based farmers’ and their agroforestry production. He has years of agroforestry experience, and produces forest-based honey, coffee, and vegetables. His vision is to transform Ethiopia’s honey sector through improving bee colony management with farmers throughout Ethiopia’s forests as well as experimenting with producing quality single-origin honey. Beyond his passion for beekeeping and farming, Sissay invests time in improving upon his martial arts skills and lifestyle. Educated under North Korea’s International Taekwondo Federation (ITF), Sissay is a 5th-degree Black Belt.
Christina Ospina is Master of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. At F&ES, she is pursuing a specialization in Business and Environment with a focus on sustainable food systems and responsible sourcing as a means of improving social and environmental impact. Prior to Yale, she worked in Washington, DC improving safety and operational performance for publicly-owned electric utilities. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University where she majored in Human Biology with a concentration in human-environment interactions.
REDEAT (NAOMI) SOLOMON
Redeat Solomon is a second year student at Mekele University studying Management. Prior to attending university, she received her high school diploma from Nazareth School. She is passionate about traveling and promoting environmental sustainability. She is an enthusiastic learner, and is excited to see where she’ll take her career from here.
Board of Advisors
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Greenpath Food
Jacie is passionate about leveraging enterprise to drive sustainable development. Prior to GreenPath, Jacie advised teams founding early-stage social ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. She formerly worked as a Technical Advisor and Manager at TechnoServe, where she supported a portfolio of market-based agriculture and enterprise development programs across East Africa. Jacie has supported and consulted on a variety of ventures focused on value chain development, smallholder training and extension, producer certification, and environmental marketing. Before migrating to warmer climates, Jacie grew up on a family farm in northern Wisconsin. She loves running, traveling, and all things coffee.
Founder, Marin Restorative Communications
After a 30-year career leading food and beverage communications teams at major, global PR firms Ketchum, Fleishman-Hillard, and Edelman, Amy is using her experience and connections to help solve the triple threat of ecologic degradation, obesity, and malnutrition. She believes that planetary and human health are inextricably linked and now is the critical time to raise awareness of organizations and brands offering solutions. Amy has led purpose-driven programs for CPG clients, including the 2018 PR Week ‘Campaign of the Year’ for Gerber. She represented Edelman as a member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. As the Founder of Marin Restorative Communications in California, she’s particularly interested in agroforestry, soil health, biodiversity protection, and the reduction in plastic pollution.
These counsels are our go-to for advice on specific topics critical to Forested Foods strategy, business model, and values. They have been recognized as leaders in their field and are both friends and advocates of Forested Foods vision and mission.