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Michigan Program Director
Addell spent her formative years on a vegetable and fruit farm in Romulus, Michigan (a Detroit suburb). Through that experience, she learned to appreciate fresh food and the economic viability of family agribusiness. In addition to many years of service as an academic and nonprofit organization administrator and teacher, she has been an ardent supporter of the arts and culture community.
Senior Director of Development
Adrienne comes to FoodCorps after almost a decade in various development roles for a number of environmental organizations, including The Nature Conservancy and Environmental Defense Fund. Environmental justice is both a personal and professional passion of Adrienne’s, and she is inspired by FoodCorps’ ability to narrow the achievement gap through sustainable practices. Outside of work, Adrienne enjoys trying new recipes weekly, traveling and rooting for the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Data and Evaluation Manager
Ryan comes from a blue-collar automotive belt in Michigan that served as inspiration to discover why there were such stark socio-economic divides in our communities. His work has included measuring the impact of increasing food security, providing access to healthy food in schools, food banks, farmers markets, and in conducting community evaluations of organizations improving child health. When he is not diving into data, you can likely find Ryan playing music or exploring the forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Human Resources and Events Coordinator
Mary is a native Houstonian who is passionate about helping communities through healing. She graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from Tel Aviv University and was team leader in FEMA Corps AmeriCorps NCCC. In her free time, Mary enjoys dancing, working out, and binge watching Netflix.
School Food Procurement Manager, on detail with the Urban School Food Alliance
Originally hailing from the midwest and south, Alexa is driven by her passion for food, the people who produce it, and the places where it’s grown. Prior to joining FoodCorps, Alexa managed Kentucky’s largest farmers market and built networks throughout the Central Appalachian region that connected schools, institutions, communities and farmers. After three years working in development at FoodCorps, she now tackles the supply side of school food through FoodCorps’ partnership with the Urban School Food Alliance, a coalition of some of our nation’s largest school districts who are using their combined purchasing power to improve the health, quality, sustainability and financial health of school meals.
Strategic Integration Advisor
Christiane’s career started in political media, business news, and broadcast television as a writer, creator, and executive producer. For the past 15 years she has been dedicated to preventing childhood obesity and creating the necessary awareness, policies, and food environment to eradicate one of the biggest health crises in US history. She brings deep perspective to her work and is thrilled to be working with FoodCorps to create a more healthy and just food system for our nation’s school children. Christiane earned her B.A. from Barnard College and a M.S. in Nutrition and Public Health from Columbia University.
New York Program Director
Andrew began his career serving schools with AmeriCorps in his home state of Tennessee, supporting environmental education, lunchroom composting, and school gardens. Since then, he has focused his work around issues of food access and education, agriculture, and community development both at home and abroad. He has spent the last decade in New York City, supporting emergency food programs in central Brooklyn, providing technical and material assistance to school gardens across all five boroughs, and most recently developing and managing school programs as the Program Director with Edible Schoolyard NYC. In his spare time, you’ll typically find him singing songs from Frozen or having impromptu dance parties with his two daughters.
Development Research & Operations Manager
The passion and dedication of our corps members and community partners inspire Ashton in her work each day. She is a proud AmeriCorps alum herself, having served with Washington Reading Corps and with the Seattle arts and youth empowerment nonprofit, The Power of Hope. When not at her desk, Ashton can be found browsing cookbooks at the public library, baking bread, or hiking one of the Northeast’s beautiful trails.
Grant Finance CoordinatorKelso grew up in a small, tight-knit “town within a forest” in Maryland (yes, the town has a motto). She spent two years as a FoodCorps service member in Little Rock, Arkansas before moving to Portland, Oregon to work as a member of FoodCorps’ national staff. Kelso is driven by the communities and relationships that surround local, real food. In her free time, you can find her exploring Portland, reading, and hanging out with cats.
VP of Finance & Operations
Julia comes to FoodCorps with 10 years of nonprofit finance and growth strategy experience. Having worked as a Growth Capital Consultant at Nonprofit Finance Fund and as Finance Director at Citizen Schools during their period of rapid expansion, she brings a unique perspective to FoodCorps’ leadership team. While getting her MBA at UC Berkeley, she also worked at Revolution Foods, igniting her passion for bringing healthy food to kids who need it most. When not at work she can be found playing with her wildly active son William or reading menus online to plan date nights with her husband, Peter.
Associate Director of Field Programs
Laura’s passion for supporting sustainable, equitable, and inclusive food systems stem from her past studies at the University of Michigan, experience farming across the country, international travel, and service with FoodCorps in rural Maine. She aspires to someday directly support healthy school food environments in her own community by growing heirloom veggies and raising heritage livestock, while canning all the things and saving seeds for generations to come. Outside of work, Laura is an avid backpacker, body-positive yogi, mental health advocate, and comedy fan.
Growth and Development CoordinatorA California native, Edgar studied politics and environment in college and has worked and volunteered with organizations promoting responsible use of natural resources, wildlife conservation, and first-generation college education. Currently residing in Brooklyn, Edgar has a personal goal of visiting every national park in the United States by the time he is 35.
Policy DirectorKumar’s career has focused on improving health through better food and nutrition policies. Prior to FoodCorps, he worked as an Obama appointee at USDA and for state and national non-profits. When not working, Kumar spends his time wrangling his toddler, cooking, reading, or wishing the Oakland A’s to a winning season.
Mississippi Program Manager
A fiercely proud native of Jackson, Mississippi, Kenya identifies her faith as pivotal to her being a servant leader. For over fifteen years, she has served as a field director, senior adviser, campaign manager, and communication strategist for numerous campaigns and nonprofits. Kenya’s greatest joy and legacy are her babies: six smart and incredibly kind boys, three smart and fierce girls, and one smart and adorable German Shepherd/Red Heeler rescue. Of course, they all get being smart from her!
I'm a Mississippi girl working every day to change the world by advocating, empowering, and serving women and children.
Connecticut Program Director
Dawn spent the beginning of her professional career working on anti-hunger and nutrition program and policy. She joined FoodCorps to lead the Connecticut Field Office after being involved with the start of FoodCorps CT in 2012. Dawn is always on the hunt for a new personal challenge, outdoor experience, and anything chocolate.
Director of Program Resources & Practices
Erica’s background includes over a decade working as a food and agriculture educator and leading trainings with farmers, teachers and farm to school practitioners. Her previous work with Shelburne Farms, The National Farm to School Network and The Farm Based Education Network took her around the country and internationally building networks to connect schools, communities and farms. She loves exploring the western mountains with her family and is an avid gardener. She has Master’s Degree focused on sustainable food and farm education.
Director of Philanthropic Engagement
After beginning her career in publishing, Kate switched tracks to fundraising and development and joins FoodCorps after stints at the American Civil Liberties Union and Prospect Park Alliance. She has always loved cooking and eating great food, which has only been encouraged by living in New York. Originally from New Haven, Connecticut, Kate now lives with her husband and son (the next generation of foodie) in Brooklyn.
North Carolina Program Director
Phil joins FoodCorp after more than a decade implementing child nutrition programs, most recently as the Assistant Director of School Nutrition in Durham, North Carolina As the son of a NC farmer, he has deep roots within the community as well as an even deeper passion for working to make nutritious and affordable food accessible for all. Outside of work, Phil enjoys finding a new trail to run, looking for new breweries in the area, and having adventures with his wife and daughter.
Government Partnerships Coordinator
In her beloved hometown of Minneapolis, Stella unknowingly began her path toward a passion for food justice as an 8 year old when she joined a youth urban agriculture program in her neighborhood where she first plucked a carrot from the ground and took a bite. Many years later, Stella joins FoodCorps national staff after that long ago planted seed brought her to an elementary school in Washington, DC as a FoodCorps service member where she turned countless picky eaters into proud salad eaters. Off the clock, Stella is probably dreaming up her next canoeing adventure, experimenting with new ways of eating sweet potato, zooming around on her bike, or tending her little backyard vegetable garden.
Senior Director of Institutional Support
Emily joins FoodCorps with more than a decade of resource development experience, most recently leading these efforts nationally for Per Scholas. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed building partnerships that enable great work to happen on the ground. Emily grew up in New Hampshire, where her family belonged to the Temple-Wilton Community Farm, one of the first community supported agriculture efforts in the U.S. She carries on this CSA tradition in Brooklyn with her daughter, who especially likes tomatoes.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Curt’s film King Corn, on the role of subsidized commodities in the American obesity epidemic, received a national theatrical release and PBS broadcast, shaped policy debate about the Farm Bill, and earned a Peabody Award. He has been recognized as a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, a Food and Community Fellow, a Claneil Foundation Emerging Leader, a New Profit Social Entrepreneur, and a recipient of the Heinz Award. Curt has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and NPR, is a frequent speaker on college campuses, and serves on the steering committee of Voices for National Service and the advisory committee of the Blue Sky Funders Forum. Curt lives in Portland with his wife Caitlin Boyle, their three-year-old son, and two chickens.
Food is a prism. Peer into it and you see America’s greatest challenges refracted: health, sustainability, equity. Solving these challenges in food is a momentous task. But do it there, and we can do it everywhere.
Director of National Programs
Prior to joining the team as one of FoodCorps’ first employees, Lucy developed social issue and public health initiatives through her work in non-profit communications and documentary film. She has studied at the Centre for Film and Media at the University of Cape Town and received degrees in Political Communication and Journalism at the George Washington University. She is also a big fan of hiking in the Pacific Northwest, classic cinema, vegetarian cooking, and Jeff Goldblum.
Digital Communications Manager
A proud vegetable farmer’s daughter, Morgan was a CT farm girl with big city dreams. She is excited have the best of both worlds at FoodCorps as she combines her farm roots with her commitment to social justice (and love of NYC). Morgan comes to FoodCorps with over 8 years of nonprofit experience specializing in digital communications and fundraising. She is always searching for new ways to challenge herself mentally and physically, and is equally at home in boxing gyms and libraries.
A Los Angeles native and son of Eritrean immigrants, Medhanie came to FoodCorps with nearly a decade of experience in social justice and community organizing, during which time he worked on everything from volunteer engagement to public policy advocacy to fundraising. Yet none of those roles were as exciting and challenging as being a certified Salesforce administrator, a role which allows him to develop a myriad of innovative, everyday solutions in support of social justice. When not on the computer, Medhanie enjoys running marathons, road trips, and hiking around the great Northwest.
Connecticut Program Coordinator
Catherine grew up in central Connecticut and—after graduating from Connecticut College—served with FoodCorps at UConn Extension Tolland County in Vernon from 2013-2015. Since ending service, she has been working with Put Local on Your Tray, a harvest of the month program managed by UConn Extension. She is excited to return to FoodCorps as the Connecticut fellow, and support Connecticut’s Program Director and service members in strengthening farm to school partnerships throughout the state.
Associate Director of Field Programs
Leah has spent the last eight years connecting communities to healthy food through service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, as an AmeriCorps member in Oregon, and as a service member in the first FoodCorps cohort in North Carolina. She is now thrilled to be working with members and sites across her native Western region. When not in the garden or the kitchen, Leah enjoys trail running through the enchanted forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Senior Director of ProgramsSarah’s career began in New Orleans, where she served as a special education teacher and administrator. Her school was home to the first Edible Schoolyard in Louisiana, where she saw the power of good food to grow strong and healthy communities. Sarah is an avid traveler who enjoys exploring new cultures through regional cuisine, and bringing new flavors back to her own home kitchen.
California Program Director
Jackie Hemann grew up in rural Southern Illinois and now calls Oakland home. She has spent the last 16 years leading programs to transform school climate in low-income East Bay schools through the nonprofit organization Playworks. In her free time Jackie loves DIY construction projects and hiking in the Bay Area hills with her dog.
Program Manager - Northeast Region
A Michigander and farmer at heart, Amy studied environmental studies, agriscience, and policy while growing food with her cooperative house during college. Amy moved to the East Coast to serve as a FoodCorps service member in Camden, New Jersey, being intentional about building a working understanding of food justice and community engagement. This year, as a 2nd year fellow, Amy is excited about self care, equity building, foraging, and getting good food to good people.
VP of Leadership & Talent
Jim is a long time resident of Portland, OR who has spent almost three decades in the nonprofit realm, focusing primarily on program management, organizational development, human resources, and training. Jim has a graduate degree in counseling psychology and a passion for working with others to develop their professional dreams into realities. On the food front, Jim spent two years as an agriculture volunteer in the Peace Corps, helped start a school garden program in his kids’ elementary school, and continues to dig in the dirt as frequently as possible.
Strategic Integration Advisor
Bronwyn is excited to bring her passion for social justice and public health to FoodCorps. Bronwyn has spent more than 25 years working in the nonprofit sector and is a co-founder of Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!). Her belief in the revolutionary power that young people hold in their communities grew from her 3 years as an AmeriCorps service member in her 20s. Bronwyn has a Masters in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree from Amherst College.
Program Manager - South and Central Regions
Daniel loves to celebrate the connections between people, nature, and food. He spent two years as a FoodCorps service member with the Michigan Land Use Institute in Traverse City, helping school food service staff feature seasonal and locally grown produce in six elementary schools. He partnered with teachers to tie student’s lunchroom experiences to classroom activities by teaching academic subject areas through topics featuring healthy and local foods. Daniel now supports FoodCorps service in six FoodCorps states in the Central and Southern regions of the country by managing state partner and local site relationships.
Director of Organizational Equity and Inclusion
Tiffany came to FoodCorps after five years working to advance LGBTQ equality through community organizing and social justice philanthropy. After four years working to increase the diversity of our service corps, Tiffany is now facilitating FoodCorps’ efforts to ensure that our commitment to equity and inclusion is integrated into the way that we define our goals, how we operate day-to-day, and how relate to the communities we serve. When she is not working, you can find Tiffany enjoying nature or traveling to some historically interesting destination.
Senior Development and Communications Writer
Eva embraced the world of good food when she started writing about the specialty food industry and simultaneously discovered her local farmers markets in Brooklyn, NY. A journalist by trade, she is now happily applying her writing and editing prowess to support child nutrition and an equitable food system. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Eva grew up in the Bay Area, started her career in New York City, and now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and dog-like cat.
Human Resources Manager
As a dedicated HR professional, Anna enjoys supporting service members and staff. Anna has spent time abroad in Asia and South America, and has an MA in Psychology. In her spare time, Anna loves hanging out with her little boys and husband, and waits impatiently for the summer when she can enjoy her local farmer’s market every weekend.
Originally from the Southeast, Katrina moved to New York City by way of Seattle. She sees food as a vital avenue for social and environmental change and has worked for nonprofits and companies that agree, most recently running communications at Edible Schoolyard NYC. Katrina has also directed a documentary, and she can tell you more than you wanted to know about bean-to-bar chocolate.
Finance CoordinatorOriginally from Ohio and a proud Buckeye, Patrick joins FoodCorps after spending the last year teaching English in South Korea. Prior to his time abroad, he worked in the finance department of an affordable housing nonprofit organization. In his free time, he is either traveling, eating, or thinking about the nearest mealtime.
Associate Director of Foundation Partnerships
Before joining FoodCorps in 2013, Tobia was engaged in a variety of human rights and social justice issues through her work with youth from at-risk environments in Canada’s Northwest Territories; as researcher for a former Canadian foreign affairs minister; and in Nepal where she studied rights violations of migrant domestic workers. Her passion for just and sustainable food systems first sprouted in her parents’ vegetable garden where she discovered that tomatoes don’t grow on supermarket shelves. Tobia earned a master’s degree in international affairs from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy in New York City.
National Program Coordinator
Kayo is thrilled to bring her passion for public service and sharing good food to FoodCorps. She grew up in Japan where she learned about healthy eating habits and the joy of sharing nutritious food. Before joining FoodCorps, she was a digital producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting and created multimedia features about chefs, artists and other inspiring people.
Maine Program Manager
After graduating from the University of Maine with a Bachelors of Music in Performance, Ryan landed a job with the United States House of Representatives. He left the House to start his own commercial, micro-scale, diversified farm, which grew to become the largest year-round CSA in Maine. While building his farm business, Ryan became interested and involved in food and agriculture policy, and has lobbied and written extensively about both. Ryan joins FoodCorps after working with the Natural Resources Council of Maine to establish Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and writing the book, literally, on school food waste reduction.
Director of Philanthropic Investments
Kathleen love kids, loves healthy food, and is fiercely determined to bring them together. She has been fundraising for nonprofits, social enterprises and social impact for-profits for more than 20 years, helping raise more than $100 million dollars. Her focus has been on creating strategies to foster growth, running capital campaigns and building major donor programs to take organizations to scale.
Boston School Meals Specialist
Felicia comes from a background in Nutrition and Dietetics, but developed her love for community and food access through her work with non-profits and service year with FoodCorps. She is excited to be back with the FoodCorps family and partner with Boston Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services to provide students more access to quality meals. When she isn’t navigating school food, you can find her cooking, eating, or eating while cooking.
Oregon Program Manager
Building community and justice through food (and a tasty meal or two along the way) drives Aaron in both his personal and professional life. After five years with FoodCorps as both a service member and Fellow, Aaron is proud to continue serving communities across his home state in his role as the Oregon Program Manager. Outside of the office, you’ll find him canning and fermenting whatever comes across his kitchen counter, exploring a new trail, or working his way through a good book on the porch.
Director of Impact
Eva has been working in and around food for over a decade, as a pastry chef, an urban planning consultant, a food educator, and an evaluator. She loves helping FoodCorps use research, learning, and feedback to improve its program and its impact on kids, schools, and communities. When she’s not doing that, you can find her hiking Pacific Northwest mountains and cooking for friends and family.
Finance & Operations Manager
Derryck grew up in the eastern Oregon town of Ontario, which happens to be the birthplace of the tater tot. While he’s not directly responsible for that deep-fried contribution to American cuisine, he would like to provide some balance by supporting FoodCorps’ nutrition education initiatives. As the Finance and Operations Manager he supports the staff, fellows, and service members by keeping the offices open, the bills paid, and the computers working (“have you tried turning it off and on again?”)
New York Director of Philanthropy
For more than a decade, Michael has worked within the development field for a number of organizations dedicated to the social and economic empowerment of some of New York City’s most vulnerable citizens. FoodCorps’ mission to narrow the achievement gap for our youth through nutritional education and sustainable practices aligns with his conception of holistic equality. Outside of work, Michael enjoys creative writing, debating random topics, and, despite the obvious whiff of pretension, aims to be a renaissance man when he grows up.
Service Member Recruitment CoordinatorOriginally from a small town in central Florida, MJ has worked to increase access to critical resources for underserved communities across the nation. Prior to joining FoodCorps in 2016, MJ served a year in AmeriCorps with Reading Partners. When not at work, they can be found visiting museums and parks across New York and beyond.
Staff Recruiting Manager
There are few things more satisfying than being able to tell someone, “You got the job!” In this role I get to combine many of my favorite things; building relationships, supporting meaningful work and adding to and supporting a diverse workforce. The spirit of collaboration is thriving here and its such and exciting place to be!
Data and Evaluation Coordinator
Lesley’s background spans from the educational to the analytical. As a former high school math teacher in Arizona, she understands first-hand the impact of healthy food and community upon kids’ ability to succeed. After teaching, she worked in accounting and data and analytics at both small and large organizations, including sustainability-centered startups. Her love of data visualization is matched only by her love of traveling and seeking out fun and new food to try with her wife and family.
Georgia Program Manager
Kendra joins FoodCorps after 20 years in education. She has worked as a teacher, principal, and, most recently, as Director of Operations at SABIS Educational Systems. Kendra’s passion for food and commitment to education give her a strong investment in the FoodCorps mission. When Kendra isn’t working, you can find her trying a new recipe, hanging with friends, or volunteering at her church or on a nonprofit board.
California Program Coordinator
Constantly awed by the bounty and diversity of California’s people, places, and foods, Cassie’s hobbies encompass appreciating all that her native state has to offer. Her experience as a Service Member at Oakland Unified School District reinforced the desire to support communities and schools as we grow equitable food systems together. As the Program Coordinator, Cassie now happily supports the cohort of Service Members who are teaching, empowering, mentoring, and feeding California’s youth.
Government Partnerships Senior Manager
Ashley joined the FoodCorps team with past work experience in both the nonprofit and government sectors, both at home and abroad, as well as a strong commitment to public service. An avid gardner and mushroom forager, Ashley loves cooking with fresh local ingredients and spending time around a table with family and friends.
Assistant to the CEO
Ashley hails from the Midwest, where she learned to love gardening while studying at the University of Illinois. She served for two years with FoodCorps Iowa before moving across the country to Portland, OR. In her free time, you can find her reading, eating, or thinking about food.
Co-Founder & VP of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships
Cecily cut her teeth in school food work as the co-creator of a marginally successful garden experiment at her high school in Maine. A decade later, after stints in arts management and farming in Italy and India, she returned to school food, first managing Youth Programs with Slow Food USA and then by co-founding FoodCorps. Cecily received her B.A. from Bowdoin College, her M.A. from NYU and currently lives in Maine with her daughter, who is probably getting sick of her annual exclamation, “I think our vegetable garden should be bigger next year!”
Development and Communications Writer
Growing up in a very food-focused family in Pittsburgh, PA—the land of pierogis and Primanti sandwiches—has inspired Anne to strive for creating equal and healthy food opportunities for all. Her love of travel, community- and relationship-building, and writing have instilled in her a heightened awareness of the interactions between people and their environments. Outside the office, you can find her hiking, practicing yoga, riding her bike, or obsessing over the flavor of her home-baked sourdough bread.
California Manager of Philanthropic Investments
Sarah sees nourishment and food education as a nexus for social, environmental, and economic justice. When she’s not working, you may find her hosting dinner parties, experimenting with home fermentation, or hiking with her husband and son.
Massachusetts Program Coordinator
Annalise envisions a food system where everyone, regardless of their background, has access to healthy food that is good for people and the planet. A recent transplant from New Jersey, Annalise is excited for her to support service members and foster relationships with partners throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In her spare time, you can find Annalise at the beach, making pottery, or dabbling in the sport of equestrian vaulting.
Director of Human Resources & Talent
Originally from Oregon, Josephine started her human resources career in Chicago and Washington, D.C. before coming back home to settle in Portland. Her love of food and culture developed when writing her undergraduate thesis about her family’s kitchen. It’s a love she still shares today with her family at home and at FoodCorps!
Summers spent farming, mentoring kids and finding community around food led Robyn to serve with the first class of FoodCorps in Flint, MI. She is motivated by the potential of our alumni network to continue making positive, healthy changes in the lives of children after they move on from service. When she’s not supporting alumni in their careers and development, she’s outside hiking and foraging for mushrooms or in the kitchen cooking something up from the garden.
MA Director of Philanthropic Investments
Debbie most recently served as Executive Director of New Hampshire Humanities, a statewide organization connecting people with ideas. She’s excited to discover Boston’s fabulous farmer’s markets and restaurants and to take some cooking classes with her daughter, Miranda, a service member alum now living in Boston.
Olivia joined FoodCorps after many years of working in community based non-profits and schools focused on food education and youth development. In her current role, Olivia loves dreaming up training opportunities that will be beneficial and interesting for service members. When she isn’t busy planning a FoodCorps training event, she can be found outside running or hiking trails, biking, gardening or painting in her art studio.
Arizona Program Manager
Prior to and while earning her masters in public health, Shannon coordinated grant projects to improve community health with Native and non-Native communities by focusing on resilience, assets, and systems change. As a Diné woman, she understands the important role of culture in maintaining balance for wellbeing. Shannon is proud to be a U of A Wildcat and loves to hang out with her husband and two fur-children.
Elizabeth joined the FoodCorps team with a legal and accounting background and came from six years of experience managing a hunger relief program for the residents of Portland Oregon. When not at the office Elizabeth loves to spend time with her daughters.
Ellen Moncure Wong
VP of Growth & Development
For more than two decades, Ellen Moncure Wong has helped connect philanthropic dollars with organizations driving major social and environmental change. Prior to joining FoodCorps, Ellen worked in resource development for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Coro New York Leadership Center, the Environmental Defense Fund, and So Others Might Eat. Ellen’s commitment to sustainable food systems stretches back to her roots as a farm girl in rural Virginia, but her passion for connecting all kids to real food is inspired by raising two sons in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Ellen believes in healthy communities and schools, is an active volunteer and community activist, and is the Founder of the Flatbush Family Network.
Strategic Integration Advisor
Vanessa’s career spans the farm-to-school gamut. Starting out as a farmhand, then buying local food for the San Diego Unified School District, and then all the way to becoming a Farm to School Specialist for the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, she has done a lot to connect kids to healthy food in school. Outside of schools, she also pioneered the nation’s first Farm to WIC program and owned and operated Beyond Organic Produce Company, which specialized in sourcing and selling locally grown foods. Vanessa has a BA from UC Santa Cruz and an MS in Sustainable Agriculture from Iowa State University.
Massachusetts Program DirectorBeth’s commitment to educate and inspire people toward healthy and sustainable living began while studying the impacts of logging in British Columbia. After spending almost a decade building public programs across the Greater Boston region for The Trustees of Reservations, she spent two years developing one of the country’s largest farm-based education programs at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA. When she isn’t in the office, you’ll find her exploring tide pools, marshes, and beaches with her family or working on her “small but mighty” garden.
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FoodCorps New Mexico Fellow
As a Dine woman from the Navajo Reservation and the New Mexico Fellow, Leiloni is inspired by not only her children but also her elders and her parents. Her sincere passion is to teach and inform her community to become sustainable through food sovereignty and to take ownership of their health. Leiloni’s traditional upbringing instilled a great appreciation for her tradition, culture and language.
FoodCorps Washington, D.C. Fellow
Raised gardening in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Karen served in the inaugural cohort of FoodCorps Washington, D.C service members. After her service, she remained active in the D.C. food scene teaching garden-based STEM lessons, writing environmental curriculum, becoming a certified beekeeper, and volunteering at various farmers markets. As FoodCorps Washington, D.C. fellow, Karen supports the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and 13 service members as they continue to connect children with real food in our nation’s capital.
FoodCorps Maine Fellow
It wasn’t until she was an undergraduate at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT that Michelle discovered her deep interest in food systems. Since then, she experienced several landscapes, getting her hands dirty in producing, distributing, marketing, and educating about food in rural and urban settings. After serving for a year with FoodCorps in southern Maine she transitioned into the fellowship position, which she is thrilled to continue for a second year.
FoodCorps Arkansas Fellow
Amy served for two years in Des Moines Public Schools, pulling community together in support of healthy kids and learning about growing food alongside many hundreds of students. She is inspired by the resilience of people, the brilliance of kids, and the power of people who care. She loves to be on the move, so on a typical day she can be found running or climbing, gardening, biking to work, hanging out with kids, or attending community events.
FoodCorps New Jersey Fellow
Hayley loves everything about food and is fascinated by the many hands, hearts and brains it takes to get food on our plates. She believes food has the power to nourish, inspire and change lives. She also really likes eating food. Hayley served for two years in Newark and New Brunswick in her home state of New Jersey, is a home gardener and preserver, and takes advantage of every opportunity to laugh with others.
FoodCorps Iowa Fellow
Chelsea believes in the power of story, community and collective action to grow equitable, inclusive food systems. An Iowa native, she grew up near the Mississippi River and studied Geography and Sustainability at the University of Iowa. Her days in Des Moines are full of friends, fresh and fermented foods, backyard chickens, and bike rides.
FoodCorps Georgia Fellow
Sumer joined FoodCorps because she believes we all deserve to live on a healthy planet where all living things are respected and cared for. She felt that the best way she could improve our food system was by sharing her passion for food through education. Sumer spent the past two years serving in Georgia, during which she enjoyed showing kids the wonders of the honeybee and hearing the first crunch from a fresh, school garden carrot.
FoodCorps Hawai'i Fellow
Growing up on the island of Kaua’i, Seri fell in love with the ‘aina (land, or “that which gives life”) and developed a deep appreciation for the abundance and diversity of fresh food it provides. The growing movement to produce and eat local foods as a way to revitalize health, community and culture inspired her to serve as a FoodCorps service member. She is excited to continue to work towards food justice by supporting farm to school efforts and the local food movement this year as the Hawai’i fellow.
FoodCorps Mississippi Fellow
It became clear to Marlena during her FoodCorps service on Moloka’i that her vocation is to work with and empower youth. Her dream is to marry her passions for growing food and mentoring youth by creating a program in which youth develop job skills through farm-based education and employment. Marlena is excited to continue pursuing this dream alongside a genuine and passionate group of individuals that are empowering each other to reclaim our food system.
FoodCorps North Carolina Fellow
Starting with her first foray into cooking at age six (which her mom so graciously sampled), Katie recognized that there was something powerful about our food and the role it plays in our lives. That idea has expanded into a belief that our food is a catalyst for empowerment, and positive change in our communities, by our communities. Katie loves potlucks, sci-fi, and figs fresh off the tree.
FoodCorps Michigan Fellow
Mary believes in food’s power to bring joy into our lives. She’s excited to work with FoodCorps to further the mission of making the joy of food accessible to all, regardless of race, class and geography. Raised in Colorado, Mary spent two years as a Service Member in Montana before becoming the Michigan Fellow.
FoodCorps Montana Fellow
Mallory grew up in rural Washington, riding her horse bareback and barefoot, galloping through neighboring farmland. After attending the University of Puget Sound and serving for a year with FoodCorps Mississippi, she returned to the West to reconnect with her agricultural roots. Mallory’s favorite days as fellow are filled with visits to service members, school garden work parties, and training retreats in the Montana mountains.
FoodCorps New York Fellow
Allison served two years with FoodCorps on the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina, where she learned about the importance of community and the preservation of tradition. Now the Fellow in NY, she is thrilled to be doing food justice work in communities more similar to her own, as she was born and raised in the metro area of Stamford, CT. She is a nature-fanatic who spends her spare time looking at plants, drawing plants, and growing plants.
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