Stacey Barbas, The Kresge Foundation
STACEY BARBAS is a senior program officer on the Kresge Foundation’s health team. She is responsible for reviewing requests from nonprofit organizations and safety net health institutions that address the impacts of social and environmental factors disproportionately affecting at-risk communities. She serves on the steering committee of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders. Stacey’s professional career in the nonprofit health and human service fields spans thirty 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. She received a Master of Science in administration and management from Central Michigan University.
Maria Cadenas, Driscoll’s
MARIA CADENAS has over six years experience in the philanthropic sector with a focus on developing philanthropic models that foster community engagement, collaboration, and move communities forward. She recently left her post as executive director of Cream City Foundation in Milwaukee to join Driscoll’s as their philanthropy manager. She received her MBA from Alverno College and her undergraduate degree from Beloit College. She is a current board member of Funders for LGBTQ Issues.
Kyle Datta – Co-Chair, Ulupono Initiative
KYLE DATTA is general partner of Ulupono Initiative, a Hawaii-focused for-profit, impact investment firm that is working to improve the quality of life in Hawaii through sustainable investments in three key areas: more locally produced food, renewable energy, and waste reduction. Previously, Mr. Datta was the CEO of U.S. Biodiesel Group, a national biodiesel firm funded by private equity; Managing Director of Research and Consulting at the Rocky Mountain Institute; and a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton where he served as managing partner of the firm’s Asia energy practice and head of the U.S. utilities practice. Mr. Datta received a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Organization and Management and a master’s degree in environmental science in resource economics from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He [...]
is co-author of the RMI books “Winning the Oil End Game” and “Small is Profitable.” Mr. Datta serves on the board of directors for Blue Planet Foundation, Hawaii BioEnergy and Parker Ranch.
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. 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. 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. 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 the [...]
past 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.
Andrew Kang Bartlett, Presbyterian Hunger Program
ANDREW KANG BARTLETT has worked with the Presbyterian Hunger Program in Louisville, KY since 2001. PHP funds domestic and international work on the food system and the root causes of hunger. Andrew’s prior work was with non-profit organizations primarily in Japan and San Francisco focusing on social and economic justice issues, including rural development and agricultural policy. He has studied in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico and Central America, and lived in East Asia working with Koreans in Japan on their civil rights struggles. He serves on the boards of SweatFree Communities, Shalom Seed Sanctuary, and Heifer International.
Brad Leibov, 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. 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 of [...]
local 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.
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. 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 a [...]
program 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, 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. 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.
Jeff Rosen, Solidago Foundation
JEFF ROSEN is the chief financial officer for the Solidago Foundation and its affiliated Foundations, where he oversees all of the financial systems and manages both the Mission Related Investments (MRI) and Program Related Investment (PRI) portfolios. Jeff is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and holds a Master’s in Resource Economics and Policy from the University of Maine, where he worked to pioneer sustainability-focused impact assessment techniques. He has worked in the private sector as a serial entrepreneur, developing and selling food sector businesses, and as a chief financial officer for several restaurant chains and food manufacturers. He is an active, founding member of PVGROWS, a local food system collaboration located in Western Massachusetts, where he is part of a group focused on financing the regional [...]
food economy. Jeff is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Antioch University Sustainable MBA program, where he has taught Ecological Economics for Social Entrepreneurs since 2007. Jeff lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.
Mailee Walker – Co-Chair, Claneil Foundation
MAILEE WALKER became executive director of the Claneil Foundation in 2007. The Claneil Foundation works to create healthy communities by supporting nonprofit organizations making an impact in the areas of hunger and nutrition/food systems, health and human services, education, and the environment. Mailee serves as a board member of Delaware Valley Grantmakers and as a steering committee member of SAFSF. She earned a BA in urban studies from Stanford University and an MBA in change management from the Wharton Graduate School of Business, and is an alumna of the Coro Fellows Program, the Center on Philanthropy’s Jane Addams Fellowship, and Leadership Philadelphia.
Jennifer Zuckerman, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
JENNIFER MACDOUGALL serves as the senior program officer for Healthy Active Communities and oversees the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation’s investments focused on increasing physical activity and access to healthy food. Jennifer’s vision for Healthy Active Communities is that everyone in North Carolina, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or economic status, has access to healthy, local food as well as safe places to play and be active. Prior to the BCBSNC Foundation, she worked with NC State University’s Recreation Resources Service where she assisted parks and recreation departments to develop new parks and acquire new parkland through the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and Land and Water Conservation Fund. In addition, Jennifer worked collaboratively with parks and recreation agencies across the state to help [...]
develop partnerships between parks and recreation and public health agencies for the benefit of community health.