Our Board

OUR BOARD

Food Forward Board of Directors

Robert Valencia

Chair
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Christy Remey Chin

Treasurer
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Jason Crayne

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Crystal L. Frierson

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Jedd Gold

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Carol Goldstein

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Neil Haltrecht

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Jeff Harris

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Carla Heer

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Scott Jarus

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Shari Leinwand

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Rick Nahmias, Founder/CEO

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Mark Rhein

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Betty Zamorano-Pedregon

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Pam Kaizer, Honorary Board Member

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“I believe that I have a duty and moral obligation to my community, which is much larger than the small bubble I live in. My involvement with Food Forward enables me to contribute to the health, vitality, success, and opportunity of the greater whole. All boats rise in a high tide.” – Scott Jarus, Former Chair, Board Member

Council of Advisors

Laura Avery

Former Farmers Market Supervisor, Santa Monica

Lisa Brenneis

Co-Founder, Churchill Orchard, Ojai

Carl Buratti

Owner, Empowered Engineering Group, Inc

Jim Churchill

Owner, Churchill Orchard, Ojai

Erica Dent

Senior Project Manager, AltaMed

Anthony E. Ghosn

Information Technology Expert

Nike Irvin

Managing Director, Civil Society Fellowship of the Aspen Institute

Carrie La Londe

Chief Operating Officer, Valley Fruit and Produce

Cindy Lee

Field Representative, U.S. House of Representatives, California 27th Congressional District

Neil Newman

Consumer Products Marketing & Branding Executive. Proud “Can-It” Graduate

Betsy O’Brien

Industry Executive, Healthcare, Higher Education, Nonprofit Banking, JPMorgan

Jill Overdorf

Director of Business and Culinary Development, Corp. Chef, Coosemans LA Shipping

Maxine Pollack

Retired CFO & Business Executive

Diana Rodgers

ED/Manager Mar Vista Certified Farmers Market

Evan Schlesinger

Consultant, specializing in the food and beverage industry

Iesha Siler

Public Health Professional

Nancy Volpert

Director of Public Policy, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

Council of Advisors: Ventura County

Rod Cordova

Assistant Analyst, Public Works Department, Sustainability Division

Tobie Mitchell

Environmental Specialist, County of Ventura Public Works Agency, Integrated Waste Management Division

Chris Sayer

Farmer, Petty Ranch

Suki Sir

Marketing and Fund Development Manager, The Turning Point Foundation

Sarene Wallace

Food Journalist and Marketing Professional

From the outset, this simple yet brilliant idea—to rescue and donate produce—struck me as both obvious and achievable. Millions and millions of pounds and thousands of volunteers later, Food Forward has far exceeded expectations, efficiently and exponentially. It’s the organization I’m proudest to be associated with.” – Sarah Spitz, Kitchen Cabinet 

Culinary Advisory Board

Matthew Biancaniello – Eat Your Drink

Clemence Gossett – The Gourmandise School

Evan Kleiman – Good Food on KCRW

Roxana Jullapat and Daniel Mattern – Friends and Family

Michelle Lainez – Chef Michelle & Company

Josh Lurie – Food GPS

Annie Miler – Clementine Bakery, Cafe & Catering

Minh Phan – porridge & puffs

Laurie Porter – Smog City Brewing

Jocelyn Ramirez – Todo Verde

Henry Tarmy and Anthony Caspary – Ventura Spirits Company

David Thorne – Elysian


Kitchen Cabinet

Edna R.S. Alvarez – Retired Attorney and Founder, First Friday Ideas Salon

Margaret Bach – Founding President, Los Angeles Conservancy

Jesse Gilbert – Founder, Dark Matter Media LLC

Joan Hanawi – Social Impact Manager, Lyft

Gay Yee Hill – Media Relations Specialist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Erica Kopmar – Former Harvest Coordinator and Founding Board Member, Food Forward

Mary MacVean – Journalist

Paul Robbins – Founder, British Garden Company

Karen Sillas – Actress

Sarah A Spitz – Former Publicity Director KCRW, Master Gardener, & Master Food Preserver