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

  • 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 as well as the Board of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, 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.

  • 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.

  • Curt Ellis

    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.