Undergraduate External Advisory Board Member
Francesca D’Cruz is entering her third year at UC Davis as a Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major and in the University Honors Program. Her emphasis is on agriculture and ecology – crop and animal systems. With a passion for food security, safety, and welfare she aims to impact the food system through the design of sustainable infrastructure and social investing. Currently, she works at the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on campus promoting the Big and Little Bang Business Competitions amongst undergraduates, especially those in the food and agriculture sphere. She finished as a semi-finalist her freshman year with a produce waste reduction plant pathology application acting as the Chief Government Compliance Officer for the Fruityfull team. Her second year she competed on The Ugly Food Market team serving as the Food Safety Advisor and won the Little Bang Poster Competition. Additionally, she is an undergraduate researcher at the Tell Lab at the veterinary school reviewing and analyzing data for the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank. This work determines appropriate drug withdrawal intervals in animal products for human consumption informing livestock producers and veterinarians of their safety. From middle school, Francesca has drawn inspiration from Temple Grandon and hopes to transition her knowledge in the sustainability sphere into the industry while combining policy goals. She believes that social and environmental justice are fundamental to future implementations and is excited for the opportunity to serve on the external advisory board with ASI and interact with a diverse network of individuals.