Our Team

Arash Nasibi

Chief Executive Officer

Education
MBA UCLA
Favorite Restaurant
Meals by Genet (Los Angeles)
Happy Place
All things Spain

Arash has led Hazel's successful transition from university research project to a leading technology company that is turning the needle on food safety and public health. Prior to founding Hazel, he had a career in management consulting and was also a founding member and CIO of StudentMentor.org. Arash enjoys listening to podcasts on his daily walking commute, swimming, and traveling (far too often to Spain).

Andrew Harrison

Chief Technology Officer

Education
B.A. Rice University
Favorite Restaurant
Barley Swine (Austin)
Happy Place
In my kitchen

Andrew leads Hazel's engineering team and contributes code throughout the software stack. With a decade of startup experience under his belt, he's passionate about professional mentorship, data analysis, and scalability. Outside of Hazel, Andrew enjoys exploring Seattle's restaurant scene and attempting new recipes at home. He also volunteers at Ada Developers Academy, a local nonprofit coding bootcamp.

Jenny Elger

Sales

Education
Food Service Veteran & LEAP Certified
Favorite Restaurant
Monkey Pod (Hawaii)
Happy Place
Enjoying the outdoors

With over a decade of experience in the food service industry, Jenny leads the sales function at Hazel. Having worked previously in distribution, consumer packaged goods, and restaurant management, she is passionate about innovative solutions that help organizations run and grow. Outside of work, Jenny is an executive member with Pavilion, volunteers with the United Way of King County: Emerging Leaders group, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and skiing.

Loveleen Lohia

Customer Success

Education
MA Simon Fraser University
Favorite Restaurant
Prime (New York)
Happy Place
In the Great Outdoors

As a Customer Success Manager at Hazel, Loveleen is building long term customer-centric programs focused on success with food safety data-driven solutions. Loveleen enjoys supporting customers through the customer lifecycle, and she previously worked on customer programs, sales, & business development for enterprise and non-profits. Outside Hazel, she's passionate about leading fitness classes and mentoring women.

Kat Darvishzadeh

Business Operations

Education:
B.S. Michigan State University
Favorite Restaurant:
Marini's Empanada House (Houston)
Happy Place:
Anywhere near the water

Kat works on a variety of business operations projects at Hazel, but her favorite part is interacting with customers and working on anything data-related. Prior to joining the team, Kat worked in local and state government and the nonprofit sector where she focused on data analysis and project management. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crafting, traveling, and sailing.

Tony Qu

Business Operations

Education
B.S. University of Maryland
Favorite Restaurant
Mi La Cay
Happy Place
Beijing Olympic Park

Tony is an intern with the business operations team. He is passionate about data-driven marketing and also enjoys the interpersonal aspects of business. Prior to Hazel, Tony worked in the marketing department at the U.S. Naval Academy's Athletic Association. Outside of work, he loves playing basketball, traveling, and watching movies.

Kevin Ruth

Product

Education
MBA Seattle University
Favorite Restaurant
El Indio (San Diego)
Happy Place
Strapped into a snowboard

Kevin works on all things product-related at Hazel, and particularly loves creating and testing out new ideas. Prior to joining Hazel, Kevin built products as a mechanical engineer before transitioning into product management for enterprise health technology. In his spare time, you can find him at Sounders matches or out in the beautiful Pacific Northwest wilderness.

Zara Anderson

Product

Education
BFA Cornell College
Favorite Restaurant
Molly Moon's Ice Cream
Happy Place
The Art Institute of Chicago

Zara works on all things product and design at Hazel. She has a background in UX design and is passionate about creating beautiful user journeys from start to finish. Before Hazel, Zara worked as a UX Designer for a Seattle fashion start-up and was also an Instructional Assistant for a UX Design course. When she's not working, Zara can be found exploring the Pacific Northwest with her Australian Shepherd.

Kitty Mohammed

Data Science

Education
PhD University of Washington
Favorite Restaurant
Glo's (Seattle)
Happy Place
Seattle in the summer

As a data scientist at Hazel, Kitty uses machine learning and predictive analytics to explore health department inspection data. She is passionate about creating easy-to-use products that generate useful insights. Before Hazel, she completed her PhD in Statistics, writing her dissertation on manifold learning. When she's not at work, you can find Kitty dancing with friends or curled up with a cup of hot chocolate and Netflix.

Alex Tan

Engineering

Education
B.S. University of Washington
Favorite Restaurant
Red Mill Burgers (Seattle)
Happy Place
Window seat of a commercial jet

As a full stack engineer, Alex enjoys constructing APIs, services, and front-end experiences with an end user and purpose in mind. Before joining Hazel, Alex taught Scratch, HTML, and CSS to K-8 students in Seattle Public Schools after-school programs. Outside of the computing realm, he enjoys live music, travel, and craft beer.

Elder Patten Ferreira

Engineering

Education
B.S. University of Pará
Favorite Restaurant
Point do Açaí (Belém, Brazil)
Happy Place
West Rosebud Lake, MT

Elder is a member of the engineering team at Hazel. He enjoys creating user experiences that take into account not only aesthetics, but also accessibility, security, and performance. When Elder is not working, he's either reading a book, searching for new songs to listen to in random Spotify playlists, or ordering chicken wings.

Erin Maestas

Engineering

Education
B.A. UNCC
Favorite Restaurant
Beard Papa's (Lynnwood)
Happy Place
My Rabbit Room

Erin is a Software Engineer on the data team. They enjoy investigating and finding new patterns in data, especially when it leads to improved processing. Outside of work, if Erin isn't prototyping quirky apps, they are probably reading terrible pulpy sci-fi.

John Diego

Engineering

Education
B.S. University of Washington
Favorite Restaurant
Cajun Crawfish (Seattle)
Happy Place
Large movie theaters

John is a member of the software engineering team where he plays a role in the development, maintenance, and expansion of Hazel's retail food safety data. Prior to finding his passion for software development, John held multiple IT support roles at the University of Washington. Outside of the office, John enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and watching 90s sitcoms.

Rachel Vuu

Engineering

Education
B.S. University of Washington
Favorite Restaurant
Gyu-Kaku (Bellevue)
Happy Place
Any boba shop

Rachel is a Junior Software Engineer on the data team. She is passionate about the public health sector and bridging the gap between people, information, and technology. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys traveling, attending music festivals, and taking her Shiba Inu to the dog park.

Richard To

Engineering

Education
B.S. University of Alaska Anchorage
Favorite Restaurant
Del Taco
Happy Place
McDonald's Happy Meal

Richard works on the software engineering team. In previous incarnations, he promoted Sears credit cards, became a hyper efficient data entry robot, volunteered as a web developer for nonprofits, wrote Home & Garden articles as a newspaper intern, and tutored in reading & programming. Outside of work, he enjoys running, meditation, reading, and writing fiction.

Ryan Bald

Engineering

Education
M.S. University of Washington
Favorite Restaurant
Qdoba
Happy Place
Qdoba

Ryan predominantly develops in the back-end of the stack and especially enjoys debugging. Prior to Hazel, he worked for a tech startup in southern California that provided software solutions aimed at making real-time data processing more scalable. When he's not working, Ryan is either watching critically-acclaimed cinema or playing basketball.

Our Founding Team

Ben Bederson

Co-Founder

Education
PhD, New York University
Favorite Restaurant
Sharaku (New York, NY)
Happy Place
Woods in the Berkshires, MA

Ben co-founded Hazel and is on the Board of Directors. He has a long history of entrepreneurship (this is company #3) with a focus on visualization, mobile and creative interactivity. He enjoyed being a Computer Science Professor at UMD for 20 years where he is most well known for his work on zoomable user interfaces. He is a life-long geek and is perhaps most proud of his 6502 PacMan game on his high school Apple IIe

Ginger Jin

Co-Founder

Education
PhD, UCLA
Favorite Restaurant
Din Tai Fung
Happy Place
West Lake (Hangzhou, China)

Ginger is a Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, and has spent nearly two decades studying quality disclosure and other regulations. Outside academia, Ginger served as a scholar at Amazon, and previously as the Director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission. She loves cooking and playing bridge.

Phillip Leslie

Co-Founder

Education
PhD, Yale
Favorite Restaurant
Sushi Kappo Tamura (Seattle)
Happy Place
Snorkeling in a warm clear ocean

Phillip co-founded Hazel while he was a professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, based on over a decade of research centered around regulatory disclosure in the context of food safety. Prior to UCLA, he was also a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Today, Phillip serves as VP and Chief Economist at Amazon.

Arash Nasibi

Co-Founder

Education
MBA UCLA
Favorite Restaurant
Meals by Genet (Los Angeles)
Happy Place
All things Spain

Arash has led Hazel's successful transition from university research project to a leading technology company that is turning the needle on food safety and public health. Prior to founding Hazel, he had a career in management consulting and was also a founding member and CIO of StudentMentor.org. Arash enjoys listening to podcasts on his daily walking commute, swimming, and traveling (far too often to Spain).

Interested in joining our team? Check out our Careers page to see our open job listings.