The World Food Center Team

Josette Lewis, Associate Director

Josette Lewis, Associate Director

American Food 2.0 profiles Lewis for World Expo

The coalition representing the U.S. at the Milan Expo 2015 is featuring Josette Lewis in this video and profile about her relationship to sustainable food. 

American Food 2.0

Josette Lewis joined UC Davis in 2013 as associate director of the World Food Center.

Prior to the World Food Center, she worked in international business development with Arcadia Biosciences. Before Arcadia, Lewis spent 16 years at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in a variety of areas of agricultural research and development. As director of the Office of Agriculture at USAID, she worked with senior levels of the administration to launch a new global initiative on food security. Lewis serves on the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s advisory committee on Agricultural Biotechnology in the 21st Century, the Foundation for Agricultural Research’s Food Systems Innovation Advisory Committee and is a member of the board of directors for the International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation.

Amy Beaudreault, Nutrition and Health Director

Amy Beaudreault directs the WFC nutrition and health effort



For the International Year of the Pulse, World Food Center Nutrition Director Amy Beaudreault explains the environmental and nutritional value of this global food source. 

Amy Beaudreault focuses on the intersection of nutrition, food and agriculture in strategy development, program implementation and management, collaboration and outreach--both locally and globally. Her career spans 15 years in communications, research and program development, implementation and evaluation in agriculture and nutrition sciences, education, and communication.

Prior to the World Food Center, Beaudreault was associate director at The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science, a program at the New York Academy of Sciences that advances evidenced-based nutrition science research through convening and coordinating global experts, funding of scientific research and supporting knowledge dissemination. She also managed the Ohio State University Extension Agricultural and Safety Health Program; worked in communication at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, by translating research to practice; and directed several U.S. Department of Education contracts in Washington, D.C.

Beaudreault holds a B.S. in Journalism from the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and an M.S. in Agricultural Communication, a Ph.D. in Agricultural Education and Extension and a graduate certificate in survey research from Ohio State University. She gives global presentations, publishes research and editorials (e.g., Huffington Post) and serves as an expert on committees.

Julie Morris, Director of Technology Innovation

Jullie Morris innovation

Julie Morris has a passion for seeing young companies grow and prosper. She brings this enthusiasm to the World Food Center, where she is driving efforts to expand the UC Davis impact in food and agtech innovation, both regionally and through developing a global platform.

Morris is an experienced tech start-up professional. Having been chief financial officer and vice president of corporate development, Morris was also a founding investor in Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc., which completed a successful initial public offering in August, 2013.

Prior to Marrone Bio, Morris accumulated more than 14 years of technology industry experience in venture capital investing, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, including product marketing, with roles in corporate development and marketing at Fortune 500 companies Agilent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard. During her tenure in corporate development at Agilent and HP, Morris worked on numerous investments in private and public technology companies, as well as acquisitions of both privately held and publicly traded companies. Morris also has experience as a strategic management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, based in New York City, and has worked in investment banking in Madrid, Spain.

Morris holds a B.S. in Bioelectronics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Brad Hooker, Communications Director

Brad Hooker portrait

Brad designs the content strategy and produces the communications products for the World Food Center, including news releases, web features, newsletters, photography and social media. 

Brad is a storyteller at heart. In his freelancing career, he has written a creative essay on fighter jets, blogged on the money behind D.C. politics, photographed water issues in Ecuador, captured California drought stories on audio and video and developed web content for quantum physics experiments at a national laboratory. He puts this toolkit to use telling the story of the World Food Center. Brad has a graduate degree in Magazine Journalism from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining the World Food Center, he was the senior science writer for the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences.

Kyle Summers, Development and Operations Analyst

Kyle Summers

Kyle manages the backbone of the World Food Center through its unit operations, which include budget, finance and HR-related issues, and he also supports the unit’s development efforts.

Prior to joining the WFC in 2015, Kyle worked as the development coordinator at the UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine in Sacramento. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of San Francisco.

Phil Choi, Program Coordinator