P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Amy Chen, 2004

Chief Operating Officer, UPSIDE Foods

Amy Chen is the child of immigrants from Taiwan

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD/MBA in Law and Business at Stanford University

Amy Chen is the Chief Operating Officer of UPSIDE Foods, the world’s leading cultivated meat company, which is focused on growing delicious meat directly from animal cells. As COO, Amy leads the brand's global strategy and commercial functions, including sales and marketing, finance and operations, product development, food safety and public policy. She's also helping scale the company's culture as it enters this next phase, following the US FDA green light for UPSIDE Foods' cultivated meat. Prior to joining UPSIDE Foods, Amy was Senior Vice President for PepsiCo Beverages North America. She previously served as the Chief Marketing Officer for PepsiCo Snacks in the Greater China Region, in addition to other sales, operations, strategy and innovation roles. She has an M.B.A. and a J.D. from Stanford University.

Amy was born in Chicago, IL. Her parents, who are of Taiwanese origins, are both naturalized citizens and live in Round Rock, TX.

Amy received a BA in chemistry from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and delivered the Harvard Oration at her Class Day Commencement Exercises. 

At Harvard University, she was President of the Harvard Model Congress, the nation's largest government simulation program for high school students, and co-founded the Harvard Political Education Program for local at-risk youth. At Stanford she was the Managing Editor of the Stanford Law and Policy Review and the Project Manager of the Stanford Affordable Housing Team.

After graduation, she worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc. in New York City and then at the US Interagency Council on Homelessness in Washington, DC. She was then a brand manager for Stacy's Pita Chips. 

In addition to her current role, Amy sits on the Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley as a volunteer Board Fellow.

  • JD Law | Stanford University 2007
  • MBA Business | Stanford University 2007
  • BA Chemistry | Harvard University 2001
Work History
  • UPSIDE Foods, Chief Operating Officer | January 2021 - PRESENT
  • PepsiCo, Sr. Market Director at Pepsi Beverages Company
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