Akua Woolbright, PhD

Nutrition Program Director

Akua Woolbright is an expert in plant-based nutrition who specializes in teaching people how to use food to lose weight, feel more energetic, look younger, reduce medications, and prevent and reverse disease. Dr. Woolbright began her career with Whole Foods Market in 2009 when she joined the corporate office in Austin, TX where she helped … Continued

Amy Eubanks

Senior Team Leader, Global Culinary Development

Amy Eubanks leads the growth of new ideas and recipes for our Prepared Foods and Bakery departments. Amy is a classically-trained French chef with two decades of experience working in fine dining restaurants in New York City, including Lespinasse, Cello and Café Boulud. During her time in the restaurant world, Amy served as the executive … Continued

Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein

Principal Quality Standards Advisor, Seafood

In the big picture, Carrie’s work focuses on creating a model for the seafood industry that supports healthier oceans and communities. Working together with stakeholders and partners—fish farmers, fishermen, environmental groups, scientists and skilled seafood buyers—she aims to create a seafood market that supports responsible aquaculture production, reverses trends in overfishing and bycatch, and puts us … Continued

Cathy Strange

Cathy Strange

Vice President of Specialty and Global Cheese Expert

Cathy Strange joined Whole Foods Market in 1990 and has a wealth of food industry experience and expertise. As the global cheese expert, she has become an authority at detecting international food trends during her travels around the world while seeking out vendor partners that meet Whole Foods Market’s strict Quality Standards. After selecting new … Continued

Dan Epley

Vice President, Grocery

Dan Epley is the Vice President for the Grocery department, leading the merchant teams for Dairy, Beverage, Frozen, Snacks, Candy, Meals, Baking, Essentials, and Breakfast.  The Grocery Team works with current and new suppliers to provide our customers with the best packaged food on the planet.  This includes finding suppliers, determining route to market, putting … Continued

Doug Bell

Senior Principal of Adult Beverage Innovation and Product Development

In his current role, Doug helps lead purchasing for Whole Foods Market’s wine, beer and spirits categories. Doug and the global team work closely with the company’s adult beverage buyers across the country to ensure strong, win-win partnerships with suppliers across all product categories. Doug, an Atlanta native and University of Georgia grad, has been … Continued

Jamie Katz

Senior Advisor, Global Quality Standards

With over 15 years of experience at Whole Foods Market, Jamie Katz, serves as a voice for the company’s Quality Standards, providing the big picture on Whole Foods Market’s 40 plus years of work in the natural and organic food industry. Jamie advises, strategizes, and communicates with multiple stakeholders on the ins and outs of … Continued

Jen Coccaro

Vice President of Wellness and Beauty

Jen leads merchandising for Supplements, Beauty and Lifestyle. She joined Whole Foods Market from the fashion apparel industry working with major brands such as Land’s End, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Chico’s. Her experience in the ever-evolving world of fashion provided her with expertise in identifying consumer behavior and trends. Jen is passionate about healthy living … Continued

Jody Villecco

Principal Quality Standards Advisor, Research

Jody Villecco has been passionate about Whole Foods Market’s industry-leading Quality Standards ever since she started working with the company in 1997. During her time at Whole Foods Market, she has supported standards development for all ingredient categories, including food, dietary supplements, body care, and household cleaning, continually striving to enhance the company’s Quality Standards. … Continued

Joey Wells

Global Senior Principal Product Development & Innovation Expert

As the Global Senior Principal Product Development & Innovation Expert, Joey Wells seeks out innovative cheesemongers and specialty producers around the world, bringing their products to market and supporting their growth and development within Whole Foods Market stores across the country. In 2012, he became an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional (CCP) and was … Continued

Joy Stoddard

Executive Partnership Development and Internal Programs Director, Whole Planet Foundation

Joy joined Whole Foods Market in 2000 and Whole Planet Foundation in 2006. She develops strategic partnerships, fundraises for microcredit, and connects Whole Foods Market shoppers, suppliers and team members to Whole Planet Foundation. Joy has been awarded All*Star five times, Team Member of the Year and numerous leadership recognitions. In her role as Southwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Trainer, Joy trained thousands of team … Continued

Katherine Wallace

Senior Category Merchant, Domestic Wine, Sake & Specialty Wine

Katherine Wallace is a Senior Category Merchant on Whole Foods Market’s Global Wine Buying Team, overseeing our domestic wine and sake assortment in partnership with regional buyers across the country. Katherine began her career at Whole Foods Market as a logistics intern and spent several years as a global buyer on the Produce team before … Continued

Katy Green

Global Produce Field Inspector

Katy Green is a Global Produce Field Inspector for Whole Foods Market, based out of Southern California. She joined Whole Foods Market almost a decade ago as a cut fruit team member at the Mason, Ohio store. Katy has been the Global Produce Field Inspector since 2014, and oversees the quality of the company’s Whole … Continued

Kelly Landrieu

Global Coordinator, Local Brands

As Global Coordinator of Local Brands on Whole Foods Market’s Product Innovation and Development team, Kelly Landrieu works closely with the company’s regional foragers and buyers to ensure strong, win-win partnerships with local producers across all product categories. She creates tools for continued education and mentorship of current and future local suppliers, while supporting her … Continued

Kylie Bentley, RDN, LDN, CLT

Team Leader of Nutrition and Labeling Compliance

At Whole Foods Market, Kylie directs and supports a team of nutrition, certification, and labeling compliance experts for the company’s exclusive brands, including Whole Foods Market and 365 by Whole Foods Market. The Nutrition and Labeling Compliance Team collaborates with product developers and the design team to ensure the Exclusive Brands products are formulated in … Continued

Matthew Lederman, MD

Global Medical Executive, Health and Wellness

Matt is a board-certified, Internal Medicine physician specializing in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Dr. Lederman has participated in projects such as lecturing for the eCornell Certificate Program in Plant Based Nutrition, films such as “Healing Cancer” and “Forks Over Knives.” He also coauthored the popular new book, “Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole: Your Guide … Continued

Morgan Drummond

Senior Category Merchant and Olive Oil Savante

Morgan Drummond is responsible for developing and managing Whole Foods Market’s Exclusive Brands products for various center-store categories, including oils. In 2019, Morgan passed a rigorous testing program to become the world’s eighth certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savante. Morgan utilizes her Savante expertise to maintain Whole Foods Market’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil program as … Continued

Nona Evans

President and Executive Director, Whole Kids Foundation

Nona has a longstanding passion for improving the experience of children’s education, which she has married with the importance of nutrition and access to healthy food choices through Whole Kids Foundation, the newest philanthropic endeavor of Whole Foods Market.  After nearly two decades in retail design, operations and marketing, Nona is putting the core principles … Continued

Philip Sansone

President and Executive Director, Whole Planet Foundation

Philip is the President and Executive Director of Whole Planet Foundation, overseeing operations, programmatic direction and financial management. Philip brings over 40 years of expertise and experience to the mission and operations of the Foundation. His diverse and far ranging background focuses on three distinct arenas: international development, entrepreneurship, agribusiness cooperatives and microfinance in developing countries. As an entrepreneur … Continued

Rachel Bukowski

Team Leader of Product Development

Rachel Bukowski oversees a team of product developers and R&D technicians on Whole Foods Market’s Exclusive Brands Team. The product development team works to ensure Whole Foods Market and 365 Everyday Value branded products not only taste delicious, but also are on the cutting edge of culinary, flavor and ingredient trends, all while adhering to … Continued

Wesley Rose

Vice President, Meat & Seafood

Wes started his professional seafood journey in 1998 when he joined Whole Foods Market working the Seafood counter in his home state of Massachusetts. Now as the Vice President of Meat & Seafood, Wes leads the Seafood purchasing and merchandising programs ensuring all Whole Foods Market seafood is sourced according to company stands, and that … Continued

Will Betts

Will Betts

Vice President, Local

Will Betts is the Vice President of Local Merchandising. Will seeks to continue growing and elevating the Local Program at Whole Foods Market through increased engagement with Team Members, Customers and Suppliers. Will partners with Whole Foods Market Local Foragers in each region to ensure that our Local assortment at each store exceeds the expectations of our … Continued