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.

LEEANNE FRENCH
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.

KIERAN FICKEN
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.

HANNA BUECHI
SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM MANAGER
 

Hanna Buechi is a sustainability researcher by training, and before joining Measure to Improve, worked as a researcher with the Upcycled Food Association, specializing in food loss on farms and the development of the first upcycled food certification program. She has broad experience in the sustainability and environmental space, working on projects to build the business case for wildlife-compatible wind energy with The Nature Conservancy, develop a board game to make the electricity grid fun with the California Academy of Sciences, and analyze the impacts of wildfire on housing development in California with the Environmental Market Solutions Lab. She graduated with a Master’s from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management (UC Santa Barbara) in 2019 and an undergraduate degree in biology from Tufts University in 2014. Outside of work, Hanna is a ceramicist, baker, and advocate for climate change policy and adaptation. She is particularly excited to work with MTI’s clients to reduce their carbon footprint in ways tailored to their organizations and aspirations.