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Digital Communications Manager
Born, bred, and based in New York City, Syed believes in the potential of healthy, sustainable, equitable communities. He graduated from rural-in-relation Wesleyan University, where he led the student government committees on information technology and community outreach, wrote for student life blog Wesleying, and was a member of campus sustainability group Wesleyan Eco-Tools. He is grateful for his time with the NYC Department of Health’s Green Carts initiative for originally sparking his interest in healthy food access.
Senior Director of Development
Stay tuned! Adrienne’s bio is coming soon.
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 CoordinatorMary is a native Houstonian who is passionate about sustainable options for food security. She graduated with a Liberal Arts degree and prior to FoodCorps she has worked for different nonprofits both abroad and in Houston, TX. In her free time, Mary enjoys gardening, dancing, and reading.
Manager of Philanthropic Investments
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. When she’s not spending time with the FoodCorps team, you can often find her developing new recipes, browsing Greenmarkets for inspiration, and attempting to cultivate a little, but mighty, garden on her NYC balcony (err – fire escape).
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.
Program Manager - Northeastern Region
Originally from the Midwest, Laura’s interest in food equity work stems from her personal experience and international travels. Since serving with FoodCorps in 2011, she’s become dedicated to our mission and today is honored to work with a breadth of school food systems across the Northeast, ranging in size from Machias, Maine to New York City. Laura works from her home in central Maine, where she’s building a small homestead with her partner and enjoys living amongst many living creatures.
External Affairs 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.
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.
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.
Connecticut Development Director
The only thing Tyler loves more than cooking great food is eating great food. And the only thing he loves more than those two things is working with committed partners to make schools healthier places for kids! But what brings him the most joy are his wife and four kids.
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.
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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.
VP of Programs
Max’s career has focused on closing education and opportunity gaps for our nations most vulnerable youth. And he frequently says that his other dream job would be to own a awesome breakfast & lunch spot that hosts occasional pop-up dinners. Max recently moved to Portland from Boston with his wife and two sons.
Key Partnerships Manager - Corporate Support
From growing up on her family’s New York dairy farm to spending the warm months in her mom’s garden, Erica learned at a young age the value of getting your hands dirty. Prior to joining FoodCorps, she oversaw strategic communications efforts at American Farmland Trust and served as a Fellow with the U.S. Golf Association. When not at the FoodCorps office in New York, she can be found out running or spending too much money in bookstores.
As Salesforce Administrator at FoodCorps, Medhanie incorporates his passion for technological innovations and bridging the gap between communities and FoodCorps’ mission of connecting kids to healthy food in schools. A Los Angeles native and son of Eritrean immigrants, Medhanie enjoys hiking, road trips, and the occasional chili-cook off.
Program Manager - Western Region
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.
Co-Founder & Communications Director
Prior to working for FoodCorps, Jerusha was an Associate Program Director at Slow Food USA, where she helped design and implement national lifestyle and advocacy campaigns that sought to transform food policy as well as individuals’ relationships to food. She has over 15 years experience working in nonprofits, and in her free time tries to turn her black thumb green, and occasionally practices the art of storytelling at a microphone, around office tables, and over meals with unwitting listeners.
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.
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.
Tiffany came to FoodCorps after five years in Alaska working to advance LGBTQ equality through community organizing and social justice philanthropy. She was joined the staff during the second year of programming and was particularly excited to be part of an organization in its early, start-up years. When she is not recruiting next year’s crop of FoodCorps service members, you can find Tiffany traveling to some historically interesting destination or on Ancestry.com trying to fill in the gaps of her family tree.
Development & 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 in 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.
Key Partnerships Manager
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.
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.
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?”)
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.
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.
Government Partnerships 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 husband and daughter, who are probably getting sick of her annual exclamation, “I think our vegetable garden should be bigger next year!”
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.
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.
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 External Affairs
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.
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FoodCorps Arizona Fellow
Samantha returns as the Arizona Fellow and her final year with FoodCorps, as she served for two years in Prescott, AZ with the Prescott Farmers Market. She looks forward continuing to learn with the native and non-native service communities and strengthening Arizona’s farm to school initiatives. In her free time, Samantha enjoys to run, swim, dance and cook.
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 California Fellow
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. After studying Art History at University of California at Berkeley, Cassie graduated to learning about school food: first at an elementary school kitchen, and then through FoodCorps service at Oakland Unified School District. This year, she’s overjoyed to support the nineteen service members who are teaching, empowering, mentoring, and feeding California’s youth.
FoodCorps Connecticut Fellow
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.
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 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 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 Massachusetts Fellow
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.
FoodCorps Michigan Fellow
Jeff has always had a green thumb, working in the gardens with his grandmother as far back as he can remember. While attending the University of Michigan – Flint, Jeff worked on many projects, including urban gardening and water collection. Since then, he has worked to become more self-sufficient by growing his own food and supporting local food systems.
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 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 Jersey Fellow
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.
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 New York Fellow
Rachel grew up in a home where dinners consisted of plates of brown rice, black beans, kale, and her mother’s very special miso soup: meals that brought her family together, every night. She works for FoodCorps to inspire that same connection to food for all young people, so that they can grow up with the access and the memories around food that nourishes. On any given night, you can undoubtedly find Rachel listening to Norah Jones as she cooks and bakes for her friends and family.
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 Oregon Fellow
Building community through food (and a tasty meal or two along the way) drives Aaron in both his personal and professional lives. After serving as a middle school garden coordinator with FoodCorps for two years in Salem, Oregon, Aaron is thrilled to support service members across the state in his second year as the Oregon Fellow.
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.
Jenny Shilling Stein, M.B.A., M.Ed. (Chair)
Co-Founder, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Jenny Shilling Stein is Visiting Practitioner at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Co-Founder and Former Executive Director of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, which selects, funds and supports early stage social entrepreneurs. Previously, Shilling Stein was Director of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships at RealNames Corporation, where she managed the company’s relationship with Microsoft. She started her career in account management at BBDO New York.
Sierra Burnett Clark, Ph.D. (Treasurer)
Trustee, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Sierra Burnett Clark is interested in the intersection of culture and commerce, specifically in the tension between food as a commodity and its role as a marker of identity and distinction. She holds a doctorate from the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, a B.A. from Brown University in International Relations and a Grand Diplôme in Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and she has worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations and as an editor at Saveur magazine.
Ricardo Salvador, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and Director of the Food and Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
Ricardo Salvador works to transition the food system to one that delivers healthy foods while employing sustainable and socially equitable practices. Previously, Dr. Salvador served as a program officer for Food, Health, and Wellbeing at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. As associate professor of agronomy at Iowa State University for 18 years preceding that, Dr. Salvador worked with students to conduct some of the original academic research on community-supported agriculture, and to establish the university’s student-operated organic farm.
John Gomperts, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer, America's Promise Alliance
Gomperts has a track record of success in both government and the nonprofit sectors, most recently, serving as Director of AmeriCorps, focused on demonstrating and increasing community impact and strengthening the AmeriCorps member experience. Prior to that, Gomperts served as President of Civic Ventures, an organization devoted to promoting the engagement of millions of experienced baby boomers in encore careers. Gomperts also led Experience Corps, a national service program that engages people over 55 to be tutors and mentors in urban public schools.
Eliza Greenberg, M.P.A.
Lead Partner, New Profit
Eliza is a Managing Partner and member of the Executive Team at New Profit. She leads the the Innovation Fund and works closely with the organizations in the portfolio. Eliza served in Boston Mayor Menino’s administration in a variety of roles, including Commissioner of Elderly Affairs, Executive Director of the Emergency Shelter Commission, and the Human Services Leadership Team. She began her career at Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Inc., where she counseled adolescents and trained staff in all aspects of child abuse, trauma prevention and substance abuse treatment. Eliza attended Hamilton College and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Oran Hesterman, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Fair Food Network
Dr. Oran B. Hesterman is President and CEO of the Fair Food Network, a national nonprofit organization working at the intersection of food systems, sustainability and social equity to guarantee access to healthy, fresh and sustainably grown food, especially in underserved communities. During his 30-year career, much of it spent building the food philanthropy program at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Hesterman has become a national leader in sustainable agriculture and has made a significant contribution to the funding of healthy food and farming nationwide, including playing an essential role in the establishment of the Michigan Food Policy Council and the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders Network.
Kathleen Merrigan, M.P.A., Ph.D.
Executive Director of Sustainability, George Washington University
As Executive Director of Sustainability, Dr. Merrigan oversees university-wide sustainability efforts with the goal of building premier programs focused on sustainable systems. Prior to her role at George Washington, Merrigan held a four-year tenure at the USDA, she oversaw the daily operations of the agency, leading the USDA’s budget process, establishing the agency’s priorities and monitoring progress, and driving its rulemaking process. Before joining the USDA, Dr. Merrigan served for nearly a decade as a faculty member and director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program at Tufts University.
Ali Partovi, S.M.
Technology Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
After fleeing wartime Tehran with his family, Ali Partovi graduated from Harvard University, where he studied Computer Science. Ali established his career when he co-founded LinkExchange with classmates Tony Hsieh and Sanjay Madan; the company was later acquired by Microsoft for $265 million. Ali’s work carried him to Microsoft, iLike (CEO) and MySpace (Senior VP, Business Development), and he and his brother Hadi soon began serving as angel investors and advisors to companies including Facebook, DropBox, Zappos and Flixster.
Investor, Rose Culinary Ventures
Allison Rose invests in Bay Area restaurants and food concepts with her fund Rose Culinary Ventures. Her restaurant investments include Liholiho Yatch Club and The Progress, both finalists for James Beard Awards. She led the investment round for Protégé, a new French Laundry inspired restaurant coming to Palo Alto in late 2016. She’s partnering with Mayfield Bakery and Dosa to expand business operations. And she’s invested in a number of venture-backed food start-ups including GoodEggs, OrderAhead, Vivino, Homemade, TravelingSpoon, Panna, Mavrx, Grofers and Chaldal.
Susan Tunnell, J.D.
Lawyer and Philanthropist
Susan Tunnell is a business & technology lawyer who hails from Montreal, Quebec. She was an associate attorney at large firms in Boston and San Francisco, and subsequently worked in business development at startup technology companies. Her most recent position was as a Career Counselor at UC Hastings College of the Law, developing job opportunities for graduating students in commercial and nonprofit settings. Sue currently serves as a trustee on the boards of Summer Search San Francisco, Legal Services for Children, Sugar Bowl Academy and McGill University, Faculty of Law. Susan is married to David Tunnell, a Managing Director at Hellman & Friedman. They have three girls, Kate, Madeline and Eloise.
Chief Executive Officer, FoodCorps
After growing up in Oregon and finding his passion for food and agriculture at The Mountain School and Yale, Curt moved to Iowa to investigate the role of subsidized commodities in the American obesity epidemic. The film he co-created there, King Corn, received a national theatrical release and PBS broadcast, shaped policy debate about the Farm Bill, and earned a Peabody Award. Ellis 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. He 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, Flossie and Mrs. Petrafessa.
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