National & Regional Boards


National Board of Directors

Angie Cooper – Board ChairExecutive Director, Heartland Summit and Chief Programs Officer, Heartland Forward
Art Smith – Chairman EmeritusCo-Founder; Executive Chef, TABLE Fifty-Two, Art and Soul, LYFE Kitchen, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ and 1500 SOUTH Restaurant & Bar; CEO, Art Smith, LLC
Jesus Salgueiro – Vice ChairCo-Founder, Common Threads; Artist and Teacher, Susej Art Studio
Mike Denman – SecretaryGlobal Sales Director – Accenture, Microsoft
Neil Cotty – TreasurerRetired CAO, Bank of America
Scott BarnhartPresident, Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Cardinal Health
Michelle BernsteinChef-owner of Michelle Bernstein Catering; Culinary consultant; Author; TV Personality
Kevin Brown Ed.D.Executive Director, Texas Association of School Administrators
Alberto CarvalhoSuperintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
Sarita Dandamudi RaoCo-owner, Dandamudi’s and SVP, Business Marketing, Analytics & Alliances – AT&T Business
Laura KaretRetired CEO, Giant Eagle
Anita LoCulinary Travel Host, Tour De Forks
Riana LynnCEO, Journey Foods.
Abel MartinezGroup Vice-President of Partner Relations, Risk Solutions, & Government Affairs, HEB
Edwin McDonald IV M.D.Assistant Professor of Medicine & Associate Clinical Director of Adult Clinical Nutrition, University of Chicago Medicine
Geoffrey TullyPrincipal at East Third Risk Management
Lisa WaddellFormer CMO of the CDC Foundation; and Founder/CEO of LFW Public Health Connections
Elizabeth WiseChief Global Government Relations & Public Affairs Officer, Sazerac
Eduardo GarciaCo-founder of Montana Mex, Celebrity Chef & TV Host Big Sky Kitchen

Chicago Board

Sydney Karp Poll – ChairFounder, SydPlayEat
Priyanka Patel – SecretaryOwner, Rooted Dental Care
Alison FichterGeneral Manager, Alison + Partners
Ashley JonesBusiness Manager, Acosta
Amanda KostManager of Product and Lifecycle Marketing, Avail
Joe MadisonSenior Client Partner – Advertising Cloud, Adobe
Natalie MarottaClient Implementation Manager, Teladoc
Bushra ShahidSenior Platform Ops Support/Founder, Leap/Giving Kindness
Ross StuartPrincipal Technical Consultant, AHEAD

Miami Board

Emily Arredia – ChairAccount Director – Enterprise, Adswerve
Rochelle Gapere – Vice ChairHappiness Coach and Attorney Advisor, OMHA
Shari Mermelstein, RD, LDN – SecretaryClinical Account Consultant, Foodsmart
Alex Buznego – TreasurerMiami Autonomous Vehicle Market Manager, Ford
Alexander ClaveroPartner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Mary Cordero 
Maite Velez-CoutoSenior Vice President & Partner, RBB Communications

New York Board

Mark AyeshSenior Independent Agency Lead, LinkedIn
Shannon ChangCo-Executive Director, Better Haven Foundation
Tanya KamerwarrenSenior Product Manager, Moblie Apps
Kathie LeeManaging Director, Kiarate Group LLC
Scot Maitland-BrownCorporate Development Officer
Debra MichaelsDirector Effective Philanthropy, Taproot Foundation
Monique PetersonVice President, Business Partner & Campaign Director, Morgan Stanley
Chris RiklinSenior Director & Impact Partnership, Nation Builder
Rami ShermanAssociate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Adam StoltzSenior Manager Workplace Experience, Latham & Watkins
Elizabeth PeraltaFounding Partner, Perafox Solutions
Yuila ZhernovayaHead of Strategy & Growth, Giveffect

Los Angeles Board

Lori C McGee – ChairCommunity Leader
Kacie AndersonSr. Director of Brand Partnerships, Epic
Govind ArmstrongCelebrity Chef, Restaurant Owner, Post & Beam
Doneen ArquinesVP of Current Programming & Executive Producer, Magical Elves, Inc.
Claudia Bonilla KellerCEO, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
Maggie MoonOwner & Principal Consultant, Lunavox Unlimited
Lavanya PoreddyGlobal Sales Lead – Digital Operations & Platforms, Wipro
Eugenia TelloDirector of Finance
Brandon TiffithFinancial Manager, Top Dog Entertainment

Government Relations Advisory Committee/DC Board

Cristina AnteloCEO, Ferox Strategies
Elizabeth AveryPresident, SNAC International
Tres BaileyVP Federal Government Relations, Ecolab
Dan ChristensonSenior Director of Government Affairs, PepsiCo
Kate ColerHead of Public Affairs, North America, Moet Hennessy
Anne Curry 
Molly FogartyVice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs, Nestlé USA
Chandler GouleChief Executive Officer, National Association of Wheat Growers
Jennifer HatcherChief Public Policy Officer and Senior Vice President Government & Public Affairs, FMI – The Food Industry Association
Kate HoustonVP of Global Public Policy & Issues Management, Cargill
Adrena IfillDirector of History & Culture, National Park Foundation
Chris JonesSenior Vice President of Government Relations & Counsel, National Grocers Association
Eli KoganSenior Director, Federal Government Affairs & Policy, Horizon
William KuckuckBoard member, Kent Corporation and Former Chief Revenue Officer for GrainPro
Anthony PardalVice President, Office of Strategic Engagement, American Bankers Association
Tyson RedpathPresident, The Russell Group
Maggie Sommers GentileVP of Food & Nutrition Policy, Food Directions
Crystal SwannAssistant Executive Director, U.S. Conference Mayors
Max TeplitskiChief Science Officer, International Fresh Produce Association

Strategic Advisory Committee

Alejandro DiasgranadosTeacher, Aiton Elementary, District of Columbia Public Schools
Jayne Greenberg Ph.D.Project Director, US Dept. of Health and Human Services
Jin-Soo HuhPartner, The Learning Accelerator
Angela Odoms-Young Ph.D.Associate Professor, Cornell University
Raeanne Sarazen, MA, RDNRegistered Dietitian and Chef
Julia ShklovskayaFounder, Designing4Impact, LLC

National Advisory Board

Tamron HallHost & Executive Producer, The Tamron Hall Show
Jasmine RatliffDeputy Director, Keecha Harris and Associates, Inc.
Julius E. Rhodes, SPHRFounder and Principal, mpr group
Kate RubinFounder & Principal, Leadership Foundations
Gail SimmonsTrained Culinary Expert, Food Writer and Dynamic Television Personality
Tim PetersExecutive Director, Corporate & Public Affairs, Golin

Medical Partnerships Advisory Board

Steve BuegeManager, HealthScape Advisors LLC
Jimm CobbDirector, Business Development, Howard Brown Health Centers
Kofi Essel, MD, MPHAssistant Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Edwin McDonald IV M.D.Assistant Professor of Medicine & Associate Clinical Director of Adult Clinical Nutrition, University of Chicago Medicine
Melinda Ring M.D.Executive Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Univesity’s Feinberg School of Medicine
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPAAssistant Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School & Obesity Medicine Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital