Meaghan Perkins
Director of Operations & Co-Owner, Beetnik Foods
Meaghan Perkins is a food entrepreneur and seasoned executive passionate about building equity and access in the food system. Motivated by the belief that together we can build a more just food system, she works to uplift sustainable farmers and producers, and provide healthy and affordable nourishment for all. Meaghan and her family founded Beetnik Foods, an organic prepared foods company, where she serves as the Director of Operations. Her operational expertise and enthusiasm have grown Beetnik’s footprint from a few organic food co-ops in her hometown of Austin, TX to a national brand with products on shelf in 6,000 stores around the country. Meaghan’s favorite Beetnik product is the Organic Grass Fed Beef Meatballs, which you can catch her promoting on QVC’s television channel. Prior to founding Beetnik Foods with her family, Meaghan worked as a Strategic Research Analyst with the Change to Win labor federation, where she campaigned to support workers organizing across the food system with the United Farm Workers and the Fast Food Worker’s Fight for $15. At the Fight for $15, she led a national research program to document violation of the minimum wage and other forms for wage theft that has resulted in seven class action lawsuits and four State Attorneys General complaints that have returned more than $30 million to fast food workers. Meaghan is currently an active member of Step Up Louisiana, the New Orleans Food and Beverage Association, and the Women Food and Agriculture Network. She is also a certified yoga instructor and longtime student of Ayurveda. On the weekends, you can catch her cycling around City Park or planning her wedding with her fiance Ben in Mid-City, New Orleans.