MEET THE TEAM
NIKKI (RODONI) COSSIO
FOUNDER & CEO
Nikki (Rodoni) Cossio is a recognized leader in the produce industry known for building successful sustainability programs and implementing innovative solutions. She is an experienced conference speaker, industry educator, and visionary with numerous awards and recognition for leadership and innovation in sustainability. Nikki’s professional career has always been about building synergy between the three crucial aspects of a successful agriculture business: People, Planet, and Profit.
Currently, Nikki is the Founder and CEO of Measure to Improve, LLC (MTI). Prior to starting Measure to Improve, Nikki served as the Director of Sustainability for Gills Onions LLC, one of the largest producers of fresh-cut onions in the United States. She established the sustainability department in 2007, setting ambitious goals to increase the efficiency of the operation and reduce waste and emissions. Nikki’s initiative helped Gills Onions move to the forefront in sustainability in the food processing and agricultural industries.
DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS
LeeAnne French is MTI’s Director of Sustainability Programs. LeeAnne helps MTI clients strategically minimize their risks and optimize their opportunities in sustainability. She has a Masters in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at University of California, Santa Barbara where she helped develop the sustainability program for one of the largest onion producers including zero waste, energy, water and greenhouse gas inventory reporting. LeeAnne has an extensive background in managing large scale strategic programs and partnerships in both the private and public sectors. With more than 20 years of communications and marketing experience, LeeAnne abhors greenwashing. She works with MTI’s clients to ensure that all sustainability claims are grounded in reality and data.
SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM MANAGER
Kieran joined the MTI team to help clients design, implement, and manage their sustainability projects and programs. Her academic and professional work includes research on sustainability in global commodity supply chains and California row crops. Recently, she traveled to Russia’s Far East to research the impacts of sanctions and new agricultural policies in the region. Kieran also spent a year working at the Minsk State Linguistics University in Belarus on a Fulbright.
Kieran earned an MBA in Global Impact Management and an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies; her undergraduate degree is from the University of Vermont. She is particularly interested in the convergence of environmental and social responsibility, new sustainable business models, and food systems. Kieran is a fan of Russian literature and ice hockey. In her free time, she solves crossword puzzles and knits socks.
CORINNE VAN DYKE
SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM MANAGER
Corinne Van Dyke recently joined MTI as a Zero Waste Coordinator. Prior to her work with MTI, she worked with JH Biotech, an agrochemical company, and enjoyed researching methods of increasing agricultural productivity and efficiency, while minimizing inputs and excess waste. Her involvement in agriculture stemmed from a passion for sustainability and science, which she studied and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from California State University of Long Beach. While attending school, she worked with habitat restoration nonprofits, and the Municipal Water District of Orange County to promote and assess the efficacy of water conservation programs. Corinne is looking forward to bringing her diverse experience to MTI to drive sustainable changes in the agriculture industry.
SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM ASSOCIATE
Shayna is a passionate land & food advocate determined to create sustainable food systems that nourish both land and people. Prior to joining the team at MTI, she coordinated multiple food access programs at a farmer-operated market in San Francisco. This allowed her to increase business for California farmers and improve customers’ access to healthy and sustainably grown food. Shayna received a B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she took a special interest in food and farm waste-diversion. Shayna has had the privilege to work on farms around the world; she is inspired to protect the environment and communities built around it. Aside from work, you can find her biking around the East Bay and cooking meals with local produce!