Our Board guides FoodCorps through our biggest strategic questions and fills our sails with introductions and resources.

  • Jenny Shilling Stein, M.B.A., M.Ed. (Chair)

    Co-Founder, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

    Jenny Shilling Stein co-founded the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation and served as its Executive Director for more than a decade. A pioneer in the ventue philanthropy field, the DRK Foundation focuses on selecting, funding, and scaling the work of early-stage social entrepreneurs. Jenny previously served as Director of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships at RealNames Corporation, where she managed the company’s relationship with Microsoft. She received both her Master of Business Administration and her Master of Education from Stanford University, where she is a Visiting Practicioner at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

  • Sierra Burnett Clark, Ph.D. (Treasurer)

    Trustee, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

    Dr. Sierra Burnett Clark earned her doctorate from the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, andPublic Health at New York University. Her interests lie at 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. Her dissertation analyzes the politics of “quality” and the meaning of heritage, craft, and innovation in the production and marketing of American bourbon. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in International Relations and a Grand Diplôme in Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute. She has worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations and as an editor at Saveur magazine, and she is on the Board of Trustees for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as well as the Board of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

  • Eliza Greenberg, M.P.A. (Secretary)

    Managing Partner, Innovation Fund, New Profit Inc.

    As Managing Partner at New Profit, Eliza Greenberg leads operations for the Portfolio Team and works with the organizations in the portfolio. Eliza arrived at New Profit by way of the government and nonprofit sectors. She served in Boston Mayor Thomas 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. Eliza 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.

  • John Foraker, M.B.A.

    Co-founder and CEO, Once Upon A Farm

    John Foraker is the co-founder and CEO of Once Upon a Farm, an organic family food company that supports efforts to drive positive social change and food justice for the benefit of parents, kids, and families. He formerly served as CEO of Annie’s, a FoodCorps donor partner since our second program year. John stewarded Annie’s through its rapid growth, IPO, acquisition by General Mills, and establishment as a sector leader. John is a leading authority in the organic and natural foods industry. Prior to his tenure at Annie’s, John served as Vice President at Bank of America, overseeing commercial banking client relationship management in the bank’s premium wine business portfolio.

  • Alejandro Gac-Artigas

    Founder and CEO, Springboard Collaborative

    Alejandro Gac-Artigas is a 1st grade teacher turned entrepreneur. His passion for education—ignited when his family immigrated to the U.S. seeking educational opportunity—led him to the classroom. His frustration with a system disserving his students led him to found Springboard in 2011. Alejandro has since been honored as “one of the world’s best emerging social innovators” by Echoing Green, a leading impact investor that selected 20 startups from 3,500 global applicants. He was also named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 and recognized as one of two national recipients of the Claneil Emerging Leaders Fund. Alejandro is an alumnus of Teach for America and McKinsey & Company. He holds a BA with high honors from Harvard University and an MS in Urban Ed from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • John Gomperts, Esq.

    President and CEO, America’s Promise Alliance

    Prior to joining America’s Promise Alliance in 2012, John Gomperts served as Director of AmeriCorps and was responsible for implementing the bipartisan Kennedy Serve America Act. His work at AmeriCorps focused on demonstrating and increasing community impact and strengthening the AmeriCorps member experience. John has served as President of Civic Ventures, CEO of Experience Corps, and in positions including COO at Public Education Network; Chief of Staff for the Corporation for National and Community Service; Legislative Director for Senator Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania; and Deputy Director of the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, working for Senators Tom Daschle of South Dakota and John Kerry of Massachusetts. Before heading to Capitol Hill, John practiced law and clerked for a federal judge. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with an AB in History.

  • 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, Oran 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.

  • Aliya Hussaini, M.D.

    Portfolio Director for Health, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Pediatrician

    Aliya Hussaini is Portfolio Director of US Health at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation; she is responsible for the foundation’s efforts to improve childhood health and wellness through proven strategies and partnerships with a broad range of traditional and non-traditional partners. Her national work focuses primarily on increasing the access to and equity of healthy eating opportunities, generating demand for healthy options, and supporting healthy behaviors and environments. In addition to her work at the foundation, Aliya is a practicing pediatrician at People’s Community Clinic in Austin. She completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, pediatrics residency and chief residency at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, and fellowship training as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a master’s degree in health policy research.

  • Dorothy McAuliffe, J.D.

    Former First Lady of Virginia

    Dorothy McAuliffe is a champion of promoting efforts that link locally grown food, education, health, and nutrition. Mrs. McAuliffe served as the First Lady of Virginia, where she championed childhood nutrition and food security efforts in her state, alongside expanding opportunities for national service. As First Lady, she worked to secure $2.7 million over three years to help schools adopt breakfast in the classroom with the aim to increase academic performance. Additionally, Mrs. McAuliffe helped lead the effort to expand participation in the Community Eligibility Provision among Virginia schools by 297% from 2014 to 2017. Approximately 156,000 students now benefit from the program, which provides high-need schools an opportunity to serve no-cost meals. She is a trained lawyer who previously practiced in the areas of financial institution federal regulation and securities.

  • Kathleen Merrigan, M.P.A., Ph.D.

    Executive Director, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

    Prior to her role at George Washington, Dr. Kathleen Merrigan held a four-year tenure as the United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where 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. Her accomplishments include creating and leading the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative to support local food systems; and serving as a key architect of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign. Before joining the USDA, Kathleen served for nearly a decade as director of the Agriculture, Food, and Environment Program at Tufts University. She has also held positions with the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture and the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, where she wrote the law establishing national standards for organic food. Kathleen earned her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Ricardo Salvador, Ph.D.

    Senior Scientist & Director of the Food & Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

    As senior scientist and director of the Food & Environment Program at UCS, Dr. Ricardo Salvador works with citizens, scientists, economists, and politicians to transition our current food system into one that grows healthy foods while employing sustainable practices. Ricardo previously served as a program officer for Food, Health, and Wellbeing with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where he helped lead the Foundation’s food systems programming. He partnered with colleagues to create programs that addressed the connections between food and health, environment, economic development, sovereignty, and social justice. He has also been an extensionist at Texas A&M University, and associate professor of agronomy at Iowa State University, where he taught the first course in sustainable agriculture at a Land Grant University. He also worked with students to establish ISU’s Student Operated Organic Farm in 1992, with other faculty to develop the nation’s first Sustainable Agriculture graduate program in 2000, and he served as the program’s first chair. Ricardo holds an MS and PhD in crop production and physiology from ISU, and an undergraduate degree in agricultural science from New Mexico State University.

  • Stephanie Spector

    Stephanie Spector is a seasoned and passionate health and wellness advocate. Her dedication to promoting social and emotional wellbeing is informed both by her experience raising a family as well as her work with under-resourced women and children in Boston and around the world. She has mentored young women through Year Up and tutored Spanish-speaking mothers and young women in Massachusetts through the Family Independence Initiative, Casa Myrna Vazquez, and Mujeres Unidas en Action. Stephanie worked for ten years as a fitness professional and has dedicated both her career and personal pursuits to active and authentic healthy living. She and her husband Brian share a deep commitment to philanthropy, working with and investing in transformative social innovations together for the past decade. They live in Boston with their three children.

  • Susan Tunnell, J.D.

    Lawyer and Philanthropist

    Susan Tunnell is a business and 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 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.

  • Curt Ellis

    Chief Executive Officer, FoodCorps

    Curt Ellis is recognized as a leading voice in America’s food movement. 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 George Foster Peabody Award. Curt has been recognized as a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, a Claneil Foundation Emerging Leader, a Kellogg Food and Community Fellow, a New Profit Social Entrepreneur, a recipient of the Heinz Award and Pearl Award. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, and NPR, and serves on the steering committee of Voices for National Service and the advisory board of the Blue Sky Funders Forum. Curt has led FoodCorps through rapid growth, from a $200,000 founding year in 2010 to its current budget of over $15 million.