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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Director of Philanthropic Investments
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.