Brian is Global Client President and Head of US Ventures at Dentsu International, a worldwide Marketing and Advertising firm. He has 25 years of marketing experience working on brands like then-Governor Bill Clinton, Amazon, Microsoft, Walmart, Pinterest, and Intel. He has been at the forefront of the digital marketing revolution. He is a member of the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement, the Bay Area Innovation Group’s Hall of Fame, and is an AdTech Industry Innovator.
Brian lives in Mill Valley with his chef-wife, Tory, and their two children who attend Tam High. Brian volunteers with the Business Advisory Board of the San Francisco Unified School District, the Media Advisory Council of The Ad Council (Schoolhouse Rock, Smokey the Bear, etc), and with the Gun Safety Alliance. Brian enjoys biking, yoga, and skiing.
Jon Alferness is a Silicon Valley product and technology executive with over 20 years of experience across a suite of Fortune 500 companies. He has a passion for leading cross functional organizations to build and grow digital businesses.
Most recently, Jon was the Vice President of Core Rideshare at Lyft, where he led the product, engineering and business team, accelerating the growth and profitability of the core business. Prior to Lyft, Jon was SVP of Ads & Commerce at Pinterest where he led the broader ads and shopping business and product teams. Previously, Jon was a VP of Product Management at Google, where he spent twelve years managing a variety of ads teams from Search, to Apps and Mobile Ads to Shopping and Travel.
Jon and his wife Joy have two kids. Then enjoy spending time at Oliven, which is their farm in Calistoga, where they grow Cabernet Grapes, vegetables, fruit and raise chickens. Joy is active in the human rights and incarceration reform spaces, with leadership roles at Human Rights Watch, Refugees International, and The Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth among others.
Jon is passionate about food and reducing food waste, and has seen how easy it is to grow all the food you need with his farm in Calistoga. He’s thrilled to be a part of the ExtraFood board.
Paul Austin is the Executive Director of PLAY, a non-profit organization based in Marin County that seeks to promote the unification of communities through collective activities.
Prior to that, Paul was the Recreation Director of the Marin City Community Services District, where he promoted healthy lifestyles through sports, behavioral and cultural development. As a Community Liaison, he fosters partnerships and programs that bridge different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Paul began working with youth and teens as a coach and mentor from a very young age. During his tenure as the Marin City Recreation Center Director, he implemented and developed numerous sporting programs such as basketball, softball, dodgeball, tennis, and skateboarding. These sporting programs were afterschool, intramural, and competitive league teams. He is a coach for the County Bears that participates in the AAU (travel ball). His most significant accomplishment was establishing the Star of the Sea basketball program in 2012. This program participates in the Marin County CYO league, in partnership with Saint Mary Church, which is the first CYO program from the Marin City/Sausalito area. In 2014, he expanded his focus on developing youth basketball skills by facilitating access to the Junior Warriors programs for kids grades K-3 from Marin City and Mill Valley. This resulted in three teams annually participating in the YMCA program. Paul is well-respected in greater Marin County and has developed strong partnerships to enhance the lives of youth. He is a graduate of Dominican University at California with a degree in Psychology. He is happily married to Tenisha Tate-Austin, an assistant Principal at Hall Middle School. Paul and Tenisha are the proud parents of a son, Kiran, and a daughter, Symil.
Carla Buchanan is a psychotherapist in private practice in Marin. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley and has maintained an active involvement with the University.
She’s a past member of the Executive Board of UCB’s College of Letters and Science and presently serves on the Advisory Board of The Center on Civility and Democratic Engagement at UCB’s Goldman School of Public Policy. The Center focuses on preparing current and future leaders to successfully engage people of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints in the resolution of public policy issues. Carla also serves on the Board of the Rhoda Goldman Plaza in San Francisco. She holds two Masters degrees, one from Dominican University in Counseling Psychology and one in Educational Therapy from San Francisco State University. She manages a family charitable foundation, the focus of which is education and the issue of hunger in the Bay Area. A third-generation San Franciscan, Carla has lived in Marin County for twenty-five years and has two adult children and two young granddaughters, all of whom also live in the County. She spends much of her free time hiking and running on Mt. Tam.
Kathy was ExtraFood’s first employee, originally serving as operations manager and later moving into the role of Director of Food Partnerships.
As a staff member for 7 ½ years, she wore many hats in ExtraFood’s small but fast-growing environment. In the early years, she expanded the volunteer program and managed the day-to-day food recovery logistics. Later, her focus was on actively recruiting new food donors and growing ExtraFood’s recipient partner network.
During her 14 years as a Master Gardener, she co-founded the Outdoor Education Center at Marin Primary and Middle School, a state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary outdoor education center and school garden program. She designed and taught an integrated, garden-based curriculum for K-8th grade students, managed and maintained the garden, and created annual fundraising events. Later she founded the nonprofit, Marin School Garden Network, to connect garden advocates and resources and support the development of school gardens programs in Marin.
She was a registered nurse for 10 years, an open water rowing enthusiast and competitor, and an advisory board member to the Filoli estate in Woodside, CA. She remains seriously committed to healthy eating and cooking, fitness, nutrition, and overall wellness. Kathy has been a resident of Marin for 40 years and lives with her husband, George, in Novato.
Gerry is the Chief Financial Officer of Four Corners Property Trust, a Mill Valley-based, public real estate investment trust focused on the acquisition and leasing of restaurant properties across the country (NYSE: FCPT). FCPT owns more than 800 restaurant properties across 79 restaurant and retail brands.
Gerry has more than 25 years of real estate and financial management experience across the United States and Europe in sectors including industrial, office, multifamily and retail. Gerry obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.
Gerry has been blessed to live in some amazing places (London, Denver, Santa Fe and various spots in the Bay Area) but has fallen in love with Marin County since moving here in 2015. Gerry lives in Belvedere with his wife, Suzanne, and loves mountain biking, golf, playing pickle ball and traveling with Suzanne and their two adult children.
Heidi Insalata Krahling loves to cook for people. Whether it was growing up in Southern California, where her father often did the cooking for huge Knights of Columbus dinners, working as a chef for others, or serving as the chef of her own restaurant, Heidi has always enjoyed making others happy with her food.
Opening Insalata’s (named in honor of her father, Italo Insalata) in 1996 was a natural step in her culinary career. Heidi says that the creation of Insalata’s was also about timing, “You just know when it’s time to work for yourself.” In 2009 Heidi also opened a wildly popular restaurant down the street from Insalata’s called Marinitas, serving luscious Latin inspired food and libations.
For eight years before opening Insalata’s, Heidi was executive chef at Smith Ranch, an upscale adult community in San Rafael. She took this position after spending several years as chef at Butler’s in Mill Valley, where she earned high regard from customers and food reviewers, culinary accolades from magazines such as Gourmet, Food and Wine, and Esquire, and critical acclaim such as USA Today’s USA’s Best Women Chefs, and San Francisco Focus Best Chef.
Prior to working at Butler’s, Heidi honed her cooking skills as a student at Tante Marie’s Cooking School and with Mediterranean expert Joyce Goldstein at Square One.
Heidi’s passion for working is passed to others through classes at Tante Marie’s, the Culinary Institute of America, Ramekins, and other Bay Area cooking schools. She also uses her energy and commitment in serving her community. Food, community, and family are the cornerstones of Heidi’s life today as they have been throughout her life. Today, her restaurant, her food and her community involvement testify to how these influences have shaped her life.
Matt Slepin is Founder and Managing Partner of Terra Search Partners. Matt founded Terra Search Partners in 2006 to provide a highly consultative and both a client and candidate centric approach to real estate search.
Prior to forming Terra Search, Matt was a Partner with several executive search firms, including Heidrick & Struggles and Ferguson Partners. In addition to leading the firm, he advises clients and manages senior level searches for many of Terra’s clients.
Prior to starting in search in 1998, Matt held leadership, management and functional roles within the real estate industry for more than 20 years. He was founder and executive director of the Multifamily Housing Institute in Washington, DC. Matt has also worked in key development, advocacy and finance positions for the National Housing Partnership (developing and acquiring housing for seniors), National Association of Housing Cooperatives (as a lobbyist) and the Resolution Trust Corporation (helping lead the RTC’s affordable housing program). He further rounded out his real estate expertise with NV Commercial, a northern Virginia-based commercial property company, and Reilly Mortgage, one of the country’s leading apartment lenders. Matt graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oberlin College.
He is a Governor of the Urban Land Institute Foundation, a member of the Board of ULI’s San Francisco District Council and a member of the Urban Development and Mixed Use Council. Matt is past Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Home of San Francisco, one of the largest skilled nursing homes in California. He is also a participant on the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a supporter of Oberlin College, Mercy Housing, the Jewish Home of San Francisco, and other charitable organizations. He enjoys road biking in Marin County; relaxing and traveling with his wife, Diane Olmstead, and daughters, Sarah and Cali.
Sherry Wangenheim is a finance and operations executive with over 20 years of experience ranging from start-ups to multi-national corporations. Her expertise is taking companies through rapid growth and change well-positioned for success.
Currently, Sherry is a self-employed financial consultant, advising companies on forecasting, strategic plans, and operational efficiencies. Most recently, Sherry was the VP of Finance and Talent for Harvest Savings & Wealth Technologies before its sale to Envestnet. Prior to Harvest, Sherry was CFO of M/H VCCP where she led a post-acquisition corporate integration with a UK parent company. Previously, Sherry was at Autodesk, where she spent five years in finance, advisory services, audit, education, and procurement.
Sherry and her husband Aaron have four children. They enjoy offshore sailing, hiking in Marin’s beautiful backyard, and volunteering locally, primarily in youth sports. Sherry is an elected official that has served on the Reed Union School District board for the past five years. She has also served as the RUSD liaison member to the Belvedere-Tiburon Joint Recreation District.
Sherry is particularly passionate about food insecurity and its impact on Marin’s youth community. She volunteers for ExtraFood at the Farmer’s Market on Sundays with her children, delivering amazing fresh and beautiful produce to those in need and keeping food waste from the landfill.
Barbara Abbott joined the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank in 2009. She oversees procuring and allocating more than 46 million pounds of food a year, 25 million of which is fresh produce. Prior to holding that position at the Food Bank she was the Food Donation Developer with a strong emphasis on developing the grocery pickup program. The Food Bank provides a spectrum of services designed to support the health and well-being of low-income people in our community who are struggling to make ends meet.
Prior to joining the Food Bank she worked in Key Account Management, Sales Management and Marketing roles for National packaged goods companies such as Ralston Purina and Campbell Soup Company. Born and educated in Canada she now lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
Tracy was born and raised in Marin, serving on several boards, most often as fundraising chair or vice-president. Boards included the Ross School Foundation Board, Marin Art & Garden Center Board of Directors, Ross Valley Women’s League Board, Pixie Parents, and Sunny Hills Auxiliary while raising her family and working in retail sales for 25 years. Most recently Tracy served on the ExtraFood (3 years), Adopt a Family (5 years) and To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer (2 years) Boards of Directors as fundraising adviser.
Tracy and her husband of 39 years, Bill Hogan, live in San Anselmo, where they moved after Bill’s retirement in 2015. Bill was the Chief Ranger for MMWD, and the Hogans lived at Phoenix Lake on the Marin Watershed for 25 years, where they raised their sons, Tyler and Jack.
Pat's leadership position is operational, strategic, financial, quality, care, service, people and community. Her guiding philosophies are patient, family, staff and physician focused. She often speaks of working in the Intimacy Business believing that seeking Health Care is one of the most intimate things we do in life. In addition, Pat believes in building a healthy community with an upstream emphasis focused across the spectrum of Prevention, recognizing the impact of the social determinants on health. Creating a healthy work place and engaging the leader in all levels of staff is a lifelong endeavor. Pat holds degrees in Nursing, Business, Organizational Development, Human Resources and Leadership. She has completed post graduate work at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. Pat is presently on the boards of North Bay Leadership Council, Healthy Marin Partnership, School to Career Partnership, Marin Economic Forum, Hospice, Marin Sustainable Agriculture and Dominican University School of Natural Sciences Advisory Board. Pat is also a member of the citizen's oversight committee of SMART, Friends of San Rafael, San Rafael City Schools Advisory Team – 114th Partnership, Marin Workforce Housing Trust and the Pickleweed Advancement Team. She is the recipient of the North Bay Leadership Award for Leadership for 2012 and San Rafael Citizen of the Year, 2013.
Andy Naja-Riese brings 15 years’ experience in community food systems and education. He is Chief Executive Officer of the Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM), a Bay Area 501c3 educational non-profit that connects communities and local and regional food systems so the public can access healthy and sustainably-grown food. In his current role, Andy is a champion for a systems approach to connecting small to mid-size farmers and producers with communities in a way that is empowering, responsible, and socially just.
Andy leads AIM’s day-to-day operations, while directing the organization’s major programs, fundraising, government partnerships, external relations, and strategic planning in collaboration with AIM’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining AIM, Andy spent 10 years with the Federal government, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, where he oversaw the administration of $12 billion in benefits redeemed by 8 million low-income households at grocery stores and farmers markets across eight Western states.
Andy is currently the Co-Chair of the Marin Healthy Eating Active Living Collaborative, Vice Chair of San Rafael’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Economic Development and Affordable Housing, and an active member of both the California Food & Farming Network and Drawdown: Marin. He lives in San Rafael with his husband and dog and enjoys backyard gardening, cooking farmers market hauls, eating NY-style bagels, and enjoying the natural beauty of Northern California.
Bruce’s tenure includes over twenty years of honing and developing a consultative wealth management process for Bay Area high net-worth families and private foundations. His expertise in investment policy development, asset allocation, security selection (domestic and international) has allowed him to develop an understanding of the special circumstances surrounding the financial needs and goals of his clients and the significant organizations he works with. Bruce also acts as his clients’ personal financial officer working closely with their other professional relationships thereby addressing advanced planning needs that are often neglected. As President of Relevant Wealth Advisors, Bruce is instrumental in creating and driving the strategic initiatives of the company and determining which direction the company should take to best serve the foundations and families he works with.
His professional designations include Registered Investment Advisor, Chartered Financial Analyst, General Securities Principal, NYSE Supervisory Analyst, Registered Options Principal, and General Securities Representative. In addition, Bruce received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Davis, and his MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University.
He is a member of the Council on Foundations Philanthropic Advisory Network, The Marin Estate Planning Council, The Financial Planning Association, and the CFA Institute. Bruce also serves on the boards and committees for several Bay Area non-profit organizations. His current and former board experience includes Family Service Agency of Marin, The Marin Valentines Ball, Sunny Hills Services, Red Hill Academy, The Branson School, USF Center for Global Justice, and the Quincy Foundation for Medical Research. He is the founder of HelpMarin.org.
Bruce lives in Kent Woodlands with his wife Sara. They have three children, Jordan (25), Brooke (18) & Benjamin (5), and one dog Dexter (7). As an accomplished pilot, scuba diver, and cyclist, Bruce enjoys the adventures offered by the great outdoors.
Mary Risley is a renowned chef, philanthropist, and educator who has made a significant impact on the San Francisco culinary scene. Born in 1941, Risley grew up in a family that prioritized good food and cooking. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a degree in Political Science.
After college, Risley traveled to Europe and was introduced to the world of fine cuisine. Inspired by what she saw, she returned to the United States and enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu in London. There, she honed her culinary skills and gained valuable experience working in some of the most prestigious kitchens in Europe.
In 1979, Risley founded Tante Marie's Cooking School in San Francisco, which quickly became one of the most respected cooking schools in the country.
In addition to her work with Tante Marie's, Risley is also the founder of Food Runners, a food recovery non-profit organization in the San Francisco. Food Runners has distributed millions of pounds of food since its inception and has been recognized for its outstanding contributions to the community.
Risley has received numerous awards and honors for her work, including the James Beard Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. She is also a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, an international organization of women in the food and beverage industry.
Today, Risley continues to be an active member of the San Francisco culinary community and a passionate advocate for social causes. She is an inspiration to many, both for her culinary skills and her dedication to making a difference in the world.
Lynne was ExtraFood's first volunteer in 2013, when the organization had a mission but no name yet. In her previous career, she held directorial and vice-presidential roles in media and technology, where she led teams working with key accounts to promote and monetize new products. At the same time she worked to help to launch ExtraFood, making connections with donors and recipient organizations, recruiting and training volunteers, and creating the organization's iconic aprons.
After a successful career in corporate leadership, Lynne decided to switch gears and pursue her passions for food and social justice. She immersed herself in learning through various programs, including The Encorepreneurs Program, and joined Byte Foods as their Forager, crafting a rotating menu of healthy grab-and-go items to be sold through unstaffed smart fridges. Lynne's work at Byte Foods allowed her to deepen her knowledge of nutrition and build relationships with makers of all sizes. Additionally, any unsold food was donated to food rescue organizations, including ExtraFood.
Currently, Lynne serves as the vice president of Congregation Rodef Sholom's Board of Directors, where she leads the DEIA Task Force, serves on the Executive and Capital Campaign Committee, heads the Synagogue’s Welcoming & Engagement Team, and co-leads the Green Team’s work in climate activism. Despite her busy schedule, Lynne continues to volunteer for ExtraFood every week.
Lynne brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to any table she sits at, thanks to her critical thinking, corporate expertise, extensive community connections, and a heart full of justice. In her free time, Lynne enjoys swimming, photographing nature, finding dogs their forever homes, and procuring ingredients for soul-nourishing dinners with family and friends.
Barbara is a nationally recognized expert on coaching adults ‘midlife and better’. As an executive and personal coach Barbara helps entrepreneurs, C-suite leaders and individuals work and live fuller lives by guiding them to leadership breakthroughs, enhanced self awareness, maximized energy and to a greater sense of clarity about how to make a difference at home, work and in their communities. Barbara believes that by embracing life transitions and living with vitality, passion and purpose, people can skillfully navigate the work, life and the intersection therein. Barbara is well known for her ability to inspire others with compassion, honesty and a light heart, while incorporating cutting edge leadership principles.
Working both virtually and face-to-face, leaders from across the country and abroad find Barbara offers a comprehensive and versatile skill set and easy rapport to fit their particular goals. Her popular workshops and keynotes have that ‘sticky’ factor that sets them apart.
Certified by both The Hudson Institute and the International Coach Federation, Barbara holds Masters Degrees in Public Administration and Gerontology and is a Wexner Heritage Foundation Fellow. She works virtually and one-on-one and has been featured in SmartMoney.com, Fortune, Newsday, U.S. News and World Report, Marin Magazine and more.