STACEY BARBAS is a senior program officer on the Kresge Foundation’s Health Team. She is responsible for managing a portfolio of approximately $20 million that focuses on increasing health equity by addressing conditions that lead to poor health outcomes. More
Her portfolio includes grants that address healthy food systems that benefit low income communities and she is a lead staff person on Fresh, Local and Equitable, a $12 million dollar initiative with the foundations’ Arts & Culture program surfacing projects around the country that use food-oriented programs to contribute to economic revitalization, cultural expression and health in urban low-income communities. Stacey also serves on the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders. Ms. Barbas’ professional career in the nonprofit health and human service fields spans 30 years. She joined the Kresge Foundation in January 2008 after serving for five years as Executive Director of the Michigan AIDS fund, a statewide nonprofit grantmaking organization. Ms. Barbas received a Master of Science in Administration and Management from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Wayne State University.
Linda Jo Doctor W.K. Kellogg Foundation
LINDA JO DOCTOR is a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. In this role, she helps develop programming priorities; reviews and recommends proposals for funding; manages and monitors a portfolio of active grants; and designs and implements national grant initiatives, place-based work, and multi-year projects. More
Linda is a member of the Food, Health & Well-Being team, where her work focuses on the impact of environmental conditions on health equity. She co-leads the Food & Community Program, an initiative designed to transform food systems and the physical environments in places where children live, learn, and play. In Michigan, Linda Jo co-leads the foundation’s place-based work in Detroit, focused on creating conditions so vulnerable children and families thrive.
Erin Eisenberg TomKat Foundation
ERIN EISENBERG is director of philanthropy at TomKat Foundation, Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor’s family foundation, which supports the conditions for healthy human and natural life by making grants to good money, good food, and good energy systems. More
TomKat Foundation emphasizes nonprofits that make the environmental case for sustainable animal agriculture, shift large demand towards healthy food, bolster access to beneficial banking, and enable the advanced energy economy. Grants strategies are informed by TomKat Ranch and Beneficial State Bank. TomKat Ranch is a learning laboratory for animal agriculture focused on climate stability, nature’s benefits, healthy food, biodiversity, and healthy community. Erin recently helped TomKat Ranch to use available scientific literature and modeling to assess the Ranch’s practice of blending conservation and production ranching to optimize carbon sequestration water quality and availability, biodiversity, nutrition, animal welfare, and profit. Beneficial State Bank brings beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. Erin previously served as executive director of CitySeed, a nonprofit building an equitable, local food system, and began her career at the Boston Children’s Museum. Erin earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from the University of Notre Dame. She and her family live in San Francisco.
Kathleen Fluegel HRK Foundation
KATHLEEN FLUEGEL is executive director of HRK Foundation and a member of the management team of HRK Group, a three-generation family office in St. Paul, Minnesota. HRK is a place-based family foundation with a long-term commitment to the arts and a strong commitment to impact investing and ongoing relationships with community partners. More
Kathleen has extensive experience in the arts beginning at MoMA in New York where she translated the Mies van der Rohe papers, and development and senior management positions at P.S. 1 (now part of MoMA), and the Walker Art Center and Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis. She served on the steering committee for Mission Investors Exchange for two terms, working to increase awareness of PRIs and impact investing in the healthy food arena and of food and agriculture in the impact investment arena. For thepast five years, HRK has been proud to partner with First Peoples Fund in their work with Culture Bearers in Native Communities across the country, as well as Four Bands Community Fund and Lakota Funds in South Dakota. Kathleen is a member of the Minnesota Food Funders Network and served on the 2015 Healthy Food Finance Planning Committee for a day-long, state-wide convening in support of the Minnesota Food Charter. She has served on many boards and is currently serving on the steering committee of the national Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders Group. Kathleen holds a Ph.D. in German Literature from New York University and can twirl ten hula hoops at one time.
Leslie Hatfield GRACE Communications Foundation
LESLIE HATFIELD is the senior partnership and outreach advisor at GRACE Communications Foundation, where she advises on communications matters and collaborates with like-minded organizations on the development and refinement of external communications. More
Leslie has contributed to The Huffington Post, EcoWatch, Alternet, Edible Hudson Valley, Acres USA, and others, and served as lead author of the publication Cultivating the Web: High Tech Tools for the Sustainable Food Movement. Leslie earned her BA from The Evergreen State College, and her MA in public communication from American University. She sits on the advisory committee for the Food and Farm Communications Fund, and is an advisory board member for the Farm to Fork Initiative and the Plastics Solutions Fund.
Brad Leibov – Vice Chair/Secretary Liberty Prairie Foundation
BRAD LEIBOV brings a broad perspective on the Chicago region’s major environmental and policy challenges to the Liberty Prairie Foundation, where he serves as the president and CEO. Brad’s primary focus areas include environmental policy, regional food systems, conservation finance, and social entrepreneurship. More
He currently serves as the co-chair of Fresh Taste, a funders’ collaborative of twelve Chicago region foundations working together to relocalize the Chicago foodshed and improve equity of access to good food. Since joining the Foundation, Brad has led the Foundation’s efforts to advance the supply of sustainable local and regional food through innovative policy and program entrepreneurship. He participated in the development of the Lake County Sustainable Local Food report which identified land access as a major barrier to growing the supply oflocal food. Subsequently, he negotiated the first lease for long-term land access on public land in northeast Illinois with a local land trust and forest preserve district, resulting in a regional paradigm shift on the use of public lands for sustainable local food farming. Brad has presented the Foundation’s work broadly and serves in a leadership capacity on several nonprofit boards. Brad earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master’s degree in urban planning and policy, and is a member of Lambda Alpha International, the honorary society for the advancement of land economics.
Jaime Love Interact For Health
JAIME LOVE is a program officer for the Healthy Eating Active Living priorities at Interact for Health. She leads Interact’s equity committee and was selected as a 2016 PLACES Fellow (Professionals Learning About Community, Equity and Smart Growth) through the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. More
Prior to working at Interact for Health, Jaime was a health educator with Hamilton County Public Health for more than ten years where her work focused on chronic disease prevention through the WeTHRIVE! initiative. The project utilized policy, systems and environmental change strategies in the community and school settings. Jaime previously served as the coordinator of the Hamilton County Tobacco-Free Partnership, the Hamilton County Safe Communities Coalition and the Hamilton County Fall Prevention Task Force, which included responsibility for the coordination and implementation of tobacco control and injury prevention efforts in Hamilton County. Jaime is a certified health education specialist and a member of the Ohio Society for Public Health Education. She currently serves as an adjunct Professor at Union Institute and University teaching a graduate-level course in grantwriting. She received her Master of Education degree in health promotion and education at the University of Cincinnati in 2001 and her BS in health fitness at Central Michigan University in 1999.
Carol Pickering Dietel & Partners
CAROL PICKERING joined Dietel Partners in 2009 after a career path that took her through business and technology journalism and food businesses. Carol is responsible for various client program areas, working most closely with Tory Dietel Hopps and Ren Dietel. More
Carol started her career as a business reporter at The Writing Company in Portland, Maine in 1995 and later joined the editorial boards of Forbes ASAP and Business 2.0 magazines as staff writer. In 2001, Carol left the world of technology journalism to join a startup food company. After selling the business in 2006, she joined another food business that closed its doors in 2009. During this time, Carol became active in Maine’s value-added food industry, where she helped start the Maine Food Producers Alliance, a nonprofit business association for Maine’s food producers. Carol joined Dietel Partners in 2009 as aprogram assistant, and is currently a program officer in the Maine office. She is a trustee of the Pickering Foundation in Salem, Massachusetts, a foundation dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of the Pickering House and family. Carol is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and Holderness School. She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband and two children.
Michael Roberts – Treasurer First Nations Development Institute
MICHAEL (MIKE) ROBERTS, Tlingit, returned to the First Nations Development Institute as president in 2005 after serving as their COO from 1997 to 2002. First Nations works to strengthen and build a strong foundation for American Indian-controlled economies that support healthy Native communities. More
In the interim Mike spent five years in private equity; he has also worked for Alaska Native corporations, and for local IRA councils, primarily in accounting and finance. Mike has taught at the MBA program of the Bloch School of Business at the University of Missouri Kansas City and at the Haskell Indian Nations University. He holds an MBA from the University of Washington with an emphasis in finance and operations management and a Bachelor’s of Environmental Design Degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado.
Jennifer Zuckerman – Chair World Food Policy Center, Duke University
JEN ZUCKERMAN comes to the World Food Policy Center after eleven years at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Jen joined the BCBSNC Foundation in June 2006, where for ten years she served as the Senior Program Officer for Healthy Living, focusing on increasing access to safe active environments and on providing sources for healthy, locally sourced food, with a commitment to early childhood development and food systems. More
In her most recent role with the Foundation, she served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships, which focused on spread and scale of best practice in healthy living initiated in North Carolina as well as bringing resources outside of North Carolina into the state for the benefit of improving the health and well being of North Carolinians. Prior to the Foundation, Jen administered federal and state grants at NC State University’s Recreation Resources Service where she worked with parks and recreation agencies across the state to help develop partnerships for the benefit of community health. Jen’s has also worked in a cross section of North Carolina nonprofits.
She currently serves as the Chair of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems Advisory Board, Vice-Chair of the National Academies of Medicine Early Childhood Innovation Collaborative, co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders Network and on the Board of Directors of the Triangle Land Conservancy and Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation. Jen has also served on the Steering Committee for the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force and the Statewide Prevention Task Force. She earned her undergraduate and masters degrees from NC State University in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.