Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team manages all club operations from publishing our newsletter to putting on events. Want to get involved? We are always looking for creative ideas and operational support. Get in touch with us at mwaenke@alumni.gsb.stanford.edu.

Manuel Waenke

Manuel founded Stanford Alumni in Food & Ag while at grad school at Stanford. Manuel is currently a Director at FootPrint Coalition Ventures, Robert Downey Jr.'s climate tech fund.

Manuel started his career in management consulting at McKinsey, where he initially discovered his passion for food & ag tech. Prior to FootPrint, Manuel built up the Corporate Strategy & Development team for Inari.
He holds an MBA as well as Masters in Environmental Science degree from Stanford.


Anthony Atlas

Anthony co-founded the Stanford Alumni in Food & Ag group while working in the industry and wishing he had a resource like this. He is the head of product & growth at ClimateAi, an ag tech company that provides seasonal and long term forecasts. He studied Symbolic Systems at Stanford, and Philosophy of Mind at Oxford. Anthony has a deep love of science and won 1st place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. He is also a junior olympic sailor who loves gardening and spending time with his Boxer dog.


Tannis Thorlakson Sullivan

Tannis works for Driscoll’s, the major berry company, as Environmental Lead for US and Canada. She recently completed her PhD from Stanford’s E-IPER program where she focused on food companies’ roles in improving the sustainability of their agricultural supply chains.
Prior to Stanford, Tannis worked in sustainable farmland investment and consulted for a variety of ag companies and NGOs. Tannis has been recognized as a Greenbiz 30 Under 30 recipient and a World Economic Forum Global Future Council Fellow.


Naomi Laporte

Naomi’s main area of interest is how businesses can harness the power of food to impact health outcomes. She currently leads Medical Marketing at BeforeBrands, a Menlo Park based health and wellness startup developing products to help protect children from developing a food allergy. She holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. During her MBA, she interned at the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative, a partnership between Harvard School of Public Health and the Culinary Institute of America.


Our Advisors have been a great source of help in our set up phase and continue to support the Management Team by providing feedback and advice on past and planned club activities. They are all active Stanford alumni who bring in years of experience and diverse perspectives from a number of sectors within food & agriculture.


Peter Mondavi, Jr.

Charles Krug Winery

Peter is the 3rd generation co-proprietor of Charles Krug, Napa Valley’s oldest winery, and a member of one of the most famous wine families in the country. Throughout his educational journey, Peter always stayed true to Stanford: earning a bachelor of science in 1980, a master's in engineering management in 1982, and an MBA in 1993. Peter has kept his ties to Stanford as a former board member and chairman of the Stanford GSB Alumni Association as well as through lectures at the GSB, Law School and the School of Engineering.

Laura O'Donohue

Owner & Manager,

Snow Hill Farm

Laura O’Donohue is the owner and manager of Snow Hill Farm, a 140 acre organic farm in North Salem, New York, just one hour away from New York City.  Laura is an Advisory Board Member of the Stanford Educational Farm and a proud Stanford parent with her husband Kevin (GSB 1987).  In addition to The Farm, she has worked on many boards and advisory councils including the Northeast Organic Farming Association, Audubon, and the Yale Sustainable Food Program.  Laura graduated from UCLA with a BA in Economics in 1985.

Jorge Heraud


Blue River Technology

Jorge earned master’s degrees in electrical engineering and MSE from Stanford in 1995 and 1996 and graduated from the Stanford GSB’s Sloan program in 2011. After having worked in the agricultural equipment sector for a number of years and graduating from the GSB, Jorge launched robotics startup Blue River Technology. As a leader in automation and robotics in agriculture, Blue River became one of the biggest exits in ag tech history when it was acquired by John Deere in 2017. Jorge still comes back to give lectures at Stanford multiple times a year.

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Julia Collins

Founder & CEO,

Planet FWD

Julia is one of two of our advisors who, after spending her college days at Harvard (we will forgive her for that), found her way to her home state California through the Stanford GSB. After graduating from Stanford, Julia spent a few years founding and scaling restaurant concepts in New York City before co-founding Zume in 2015. After leaving Zume in 2018, Julia founder Planet FWD, which uses the magic of food to help reverse climate change . Julia enjoys returning to the GSB to lecture in classes like Operations and Internet Business.


Eric O'Brien

Managing Director,

Fall Line Capital

After graduating from the Stanford GSB in 2000, Eric pursued a career in venture capital at Lightspeed Ventures, where he worked for 11 years. In 2011, Eric found his way into agriculture when he founded Fall Line Capital. Together with his co-founder Clay Mitchell, Eric has built one of the most innovative farmland investment firms: Fall Line Capital follows a two-fold strategy by purchasing and actively managing farmland as well as investing in agriculture technology startups.