The story of women entrepreneurs who are playing a significant role in the fast-growing industry known as AgTech in California’s Salinas Valley, Silicon Valley and beyond.
Amy Wu – Founder and Director
Amy Wu is a veteran journalist with significant international reporting and teaching experience, having worked at Time magazine, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, for the USA Today Network and has written for The New York Time, HuffPost and Wall Street Journal. She spent six years working in Hong Kong, widely reporting within the Asia-Pacific region including Shanghai and Singapore. She earned her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.
Wu is highly regarded in her field: she earned a grant from ICFJ to create a multimedia series “From Farms to Incubators: Telling the stories of minority women entrepreneurs in agtech in the Salinas Valley and beyond.” The series included a highly-regarded documentary, and received an honorable mention in public service reporting from the George F. Gruner Awards (IRE).
She has extensive teaching and lecturing experience, having taught journalism in Hong Kong and at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism. She is also a certified SPJ-Google News trainer.
Chris Schodt – Lead videographer
Chris Schodt is a freelance journalist and video producer living in the East Bay. A graduate of the Berkeley School of Journalism, Chris started his career as a geologist in Minnesota before moving to the Bay to pursue video and media.
Iris Nolasco- Social Media & Communications Specialist
Iris Nolasco became involved in the agriculture sector after her two year service in the Peace Corps where she worked to improve local farmers livelihoods in Panama. She received her masters degree in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies where she also focused on sustainable agriculture and food systems.
Peter Ortiz – Senior editor
Peter Ortiz is a New York/New Jersey-based freelance journalist with 20-plus years experience as a full-time newspaper, magazine and online reporter. He currently is focused on covering the Asian asset management industry and has a strong passion for plant-based nutrition and lifestyle.
HyunJu Chappell/Magna Citizen Studio – Logo designer
HyunJu Chappell, a former designer for The Washington Post, is principal of Magna Citizen Studio, which specializes in ethnographic field research, participatory design, visual communication, and civic engagement.
Merrill Perlman- Content Consultant
Merrill Perlman is an award-winning editor, trainer and coach who worked as an editor or manager of editors at the New York Times for 25 years. She has trained journalist, editors, writers and communicators through the Pointer Institute, private seminars and journalism and trade conferences.
Susana Vazquez is a bilingual freelance writer residing in Salinas and former editor of El Sol. She graduated from UCLA with a double major in Spanish and Chicana/o Studies.