Raquel is developing a freshness-monitoring food label to reduce food waste, alleviate hunger, and help reduce the impact of climate change. Raquel holds a B.S. in International Business as well as a certificate in Chemistry and coursework in biology. She has over 18 years of experience in domestic and international trade operations as well as supply chain management. Her background has allowed her to integrate scientific techniques with technological systems to offer solutions to pressing industry problems. She founded her first startup in NYC, offering a patent-protected tracking device for shipping container and rail transportation. She is a member of a non-profit incubator and community lab space in NYC. Working in supply chain operations and volunteering at food banks allowed her to deeply understand the challenge of food waste and its relationship to the whole supply chain as well as food safety concerns. She is now actively working to address this problem, since food is a fundamental human need, an investment in food innovation is an investment in health.