About New Venture Advisors

Our team and collaborators bring a unique, multi-faceted perspective to the sustainable food industry.

Our business acumen comes from top tier consulting, strategy and operations management experience in the private sector. Our entrepreneurial vision stems from launching and running our own food enterprises. Our passion for social and environmental impact aligns with our diverse experience in the social and civic sectors.

We bring this all together to help our clients develop food systems and businesses that are socially and economically sustainable.


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New Venture Advisors is exceptional. The team has a rare ability grasp the vision for a project as well as the nuance. It’s a pleasure to work with skilled, knowledgeable, experienced people who share a passion for rebuilding food systems that work for people and places.

Mauri Ingram

President & CEO, Whatcom Community Foundation

Our Team

Kathy Nyquist

Founder and Principal

Melissa Hamilton

Engagement Leader

Andrea J. Carbine

Sr. Project Manager

Nikki Seibert Kelley

Project Manager

Eileen Horn

Project Manager

Caroline Myran

Project Manager

Annie Kalavagunta

Financial Specialist

Sheree Goertzen

Research Analyst

Deb Wilkinson

Operations Manager

Emmy Nyquist

Research Assistant

Our Collaborators

Joel Berman

Kitchen Design Specialist

Jim Carbine

Food Industry Strategist

Saloni Doshi

Business Strategy Specialist

Patti Wu-Manchester

Financial Specialist