Jeni’s passion is food and agricultural law, in all its many aspects.
She holds a Master of Science in Agricultural & Applied Economics, and brings a variety of experience in food and agriculture to the to help clients navigate federal, state, and local regulatory frameworks and help their food businesses to thrive. Prior to attending law school, Jeni worked for the food hub, Appalachian Sustainable Development, to help conventional and organic produce growers and small processed food businesses market their products to restaurant and wholesale buyers, manage risk, and practice food safety. She also started a non-profit soy processing business for farmers living with HIV in western Kenya and has worked on conservation agriculture research projects in Kenya, Uganda, and Lesotho. While working in agricultural policy, she focused on food safety and trade issues with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and the American Seed Trade Association. During law school, Jeni gained experience as clerk with the Environmental Protection Agency and for the Honorable John L. Kane of the District of Colorado and with the Turner Environmental Law Clinic, drafting comments on the Produce Safety Regulation and Preventive Controls for Human and Animal Food Regulations.
She assists clients with regulatory compliance in negotiating processing, co-manufacturing, and supply agreements, reviewing food product packaging and labeling and websites, drafting food safety plans and processes required for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance, drafting comments for clients on federal regulations, developing individualized plans to prepare clients for state and federal facility inspection, and advising clients through market withdrawals and recalls.
Jeni is a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) for Human Food, and a Produce Safety Alliance Trainer.