Founder and Executive Director
Marv has overall responsibility for the execution of ExtraFood's mission: to help end hunger and food waste in Marin County. He works with ExtraFood's Board of Directors to establish the organization's strategic direction; leads ExtraFood's strategic and business planning; manages key development activities; establishes and conducts strategic partnerships; manages ExtraFood's marketing program; leads new business initiatives; provides thought leadership around issues such as hunger and food waste in the community, and provides direction and support to ExtraFood's staff.
Marv is in his third career with ExtraFood. He first had a 20-year career in technology, initially in R&D, and then in Sales & Marketing, at such companies as Apple. He then became a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Marin and San Francisco, practicing for 14 years before devoting himself full-time to ExtraFood. Marv has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University, a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, a Bachelor’s degree with High Honors in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Institute. He was one of five people in the SF Bay Area to receive the 2017 Silver Jefferson Award for Public Service, and also received the Pacific Sun's 2014-15 Hero of Marin award for Innovation for his work leading ExtraFood. Marv is a member of the Marin Food Policy Council and the Executive Committee of Drawdown:Marin, has testified to the U.S. Congress' National Commission on Hunger, was an invited attendee at Harvard University's inaugural 2016 Food Recovery Entrepreneurs Workshop and was on the Steering Committee for Harvard's Food Recovery Entrepreneurs Workshop and U.S. Food Waste Summit in 2018. He enjoys singing, cycling and writing in his spare time. His email address is Marv at ExtraFood dot org.
Here’s his story of founding ExtraFood.org:
“In my first career, where I focused on serving teachers and learners, and in my second career, where I focused on serving families, I saw a fundamental truth over and over again: if our basic needs are not met, we cannot thrive. Kids can't learn, working-age adults can't find jobs and hold their heads high, elders can't age in place actively and with dignity. And there are few more basic needs than nutritious food.
"Hunger simply breaks my heart. When I’ve seen a child come to school hungry, or looked in the eyes of a homeless person at a soup kitchen, or heard from seniors having to choose between food and medication, I’ve felt so sad. And then I’ve felt angry. Because I know there is enough food for all.
This cycle of sadness and anger was leading nowhere for me. And so, I realized it was time to figure out what to do — how to move from a feeling of powerlessness to a feeling of engaged, connected action. I started reading about hunger and food waste, talking with experts, watching TV programs and documentataries, and brainstorming about what I could do to help end hunger in Marin.
I identified several organizations I could join or create. And then I met with Paul Ash, Executive Director of the SF-Marin Food Bank. I was aware of the Food Bank’s huge impact on the hungry in our community, and of Paul’s deep knowledge of the issues, challenges, and opportunities. I talked with him about all the ideas I’d had for ways that I could help end hunger in Marin. He focused on one of them, and said, ’You should do in Marin what Food Runners has done in San Francisco.’ Well, I thought, if the head of the Food Bank is telling me I ought to create a food recovery program, I ought to listen. And if Paul is recommending this, I thought, he’s doing so for a reason: our program would be complementary to the work of the Food Bank.
So, I took Paul’s advice and introduced myself to Mary Risley, Founder of Food Runners, a 35-year-old organization now recovering 15 tons of food per week in San Francisco. She said, ’Yes, you should do this in Marin, and we’d be happy to tell you everything you need to know to make it happen.’ Well, then I knew I had to do it. My first step was asking our Founding Board Members if they’d join me, and so the team was born. Our vision: food recovery becomes a way of life in Marin, and all in our community have the food they need.”
Deputy Executive Director
Cherie has overall operational responsibility for ExtraFood's county-wide food recovery and Community Meals programs, as well as overseeing business operations and partnering with the Executive Director on all major organizational decisions. Cherie's program team is responsible for all food sourcing and recipient partnerships, fleet management, volunteer management, our technology platform, and food delivery logistics. Cherie is also responsible for ExtraFood's business operations -- HR, IT, Finance, and Facilities -- and overseeing outside service-providers in those areas.
Most recently, Cherie was Interim Executive Director and Director of Development and Outreach at Next Generation Scholars, a nonprofit working to help low-income middle and high-school students gain entry to college. Before that, Cherie was COO and Girls Leadership, a nonprofit focused on equipping girls with the skills to exercise the power of their voice. Cherie spent the initial phase of her career working for 18 years in the financial services industry, creating and leading global teams, bank networks, and complex technology initiatives.
In her spare time, Cherie is an active volunteer at local animal shelters, loves to be outdoors and spends her weekends spoiling her pitbull, Baloo. Her email address is Cherie at ExtraFood dot org.
Manager, Food Partnerships
Cate is responsible for recruiting new food donors and securing new food donations that meet the needs of the vulnerable people we serve. Cate is ExtraFood’s point person in establishing innovative food sourcing partnerships, e.g. local farms, fishing industry, etc., to increase the supply of fresh healthy food. Prior to joining ExtraFood, Cate served as Community Support coordinator at the SF-Marin Food Bank managing the daily operations of pop-up food pantries in Marin County. Growing up in the Midwest built the foundation for Cate’s passion and commitment to local food systems. After attending college in Illinois, Cate moved to the West Coast where she began her career as a farmer and food systems educator. Before relocating to the Bay Area, Cate lived in Portland where she organized hunger relief and free food programs. In her free time, you can find her in her garden, in a kayak with her girlfriend, or raving about the importance of a decentralized radical food system to anyone who will listen. Her email address is Cate at ExtraFood dot org.
Amber is responsible for ExtraFood's fundraising strategy, managing relationships with a subset of ExtraFood's individual and institutional investors, assisting the Executive Director in his work with investors, overseeing grant-writing, assisting the Executive Director with specific marketing activities, and coordinating critical development projects. Before joining ExtraFood, Amber owned and operated three restaurants in Marin and Sonoma counties, and worked as a development professional in nonprofits for several years. She is a Master Gardener, has an MBA in Marketing from UC Irvine, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona. Her email address is Amber at ExtraFood dot org.
Nancy Wind Benjamin
As a core member of our Development team, Nancy has crucial responsibilities that help the organization achieve its fundraising goals. She has a specific focus on ExtraFood's grants portfolio, researching, writing, and reporting on ExtraFood's foundation, corporate, and government grants. She also supports our Development Manager and Executive Director with research, campaign coordination, and funder communications. One of Nancy's key connections with ExtraFood's mission is her longstanding interest in ways we can all reduce waste to meet county-wide zero waste objectives and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. She has volunteered with numerous educational and environmental organizations, such as the Bay Area Discovery Museum, San Francisco Friends School, Reed Union School District in Tiburon, and Tamalpais High School. She is a former board member of Marin Conservation League and Environmental Forum of Marin and is a current One Tam Ambassador. For 25+ years she has lived in the Bay Area, where she has raised a son and a daughter. Her email is Nancy at ExtraFood dot org.
As ExtraFood’s volunteer coordinator, Donna is primarily responsible for the recruitment, training and engagement of ExtraFood’s volunteers. She has an extensive background in customer service while working in the hospitality industry for many years leading hotel operations and sales teams. Donna enjoys living in Marin with her family and being involved in organizations that assist others in the community. She has an MBA from University of Oregon and a BS from University of Delaware. Her email address is Donna at ExtraFood dot org.
Jordan is primarily responsible for the day-to-day rescue and delivery of food for people in need by managing ExtraFood's food trip schedule, volunteer signup/reporting system, operational relationships with food donors and recipient partners, and driver/volunteer dispatch. Before joining ExtraFood, Jordan worked at ExtraFood partner Next Generation Scholars, where she was Social Services Coordinator and orchestrated the weekly distribution of food, school supplies, COVID-19 information and other essentials to 450 people. Jordan’s varied professional experience, including in the fast-paced retail and restaurant industries, has made her a skilled organizer, deftly prioritizing tasks and ensuring a quality experience for those she serves. As a person who has experienced food insecurity in Marin, she is committed to the realization and normalization of food justice. Jordan grew up in Marin, speaks fluent Spanish, and loves roller disco, James Baldwin, and Josephine Baker trivia. She is continuing her professional commitment to food equity, service and social inclusion as part of the ExtraFood team. Her email address is Jordan at ExtraFood dot org.
Story ensures ExtraFood's office runs smoothly and efficiently. She supports ExtraFood's staff, managing gift/grant entry, authoring and sending correspondence, organizing/managing content such as photos and press/donor kit materials, ordering supplies, sourcing information for projects, backing up key data, handling general EF phone/email inquiries, and accomplishing a variety of additional support tasks typical of a start-up environment. Story has been providing organizational, administrative, and operational support to small businesses and private clients in the Bay Area for 20 years. Before her administrative career, Story had numerous positions in the food industry, and has seen first-hand, many times, how much food goes to waste. She has a Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and has had many experiences living outside of the U.S. In her spare time, Story likes to hike trails, paddle the bays, and experiment in the kitchen. Her email address is Story at ExtraFood dot org.
Food Recovery Coordinator
Bill is responsible for using ExtraFood's refrigerated truck to pick up and immediately deliver recovered food, complementing our volunteer program and serving as an ambassador for ExtraFood with specific food donors and recipient partners. Bill also provides training and coaching for ExtraFood's Food Recovery Drivers and oversight of ExtraFood's vehicle fleet. Before joining ExtraFood's Operations team and co-creating ExtraFood's refrigerated vehicle program, Bill served for 37 years on the Mount Tamalpais Watershed for the Marin Municipal Water District and retired in 2016 as the Chief Park Ranger. His email address is BillH at ExtraFood dot org.
Food Recovery Coordinator
Trevor is responsible for using ExtraFood's refrigerated van to pick up and immediately deliver recovered food, complementing our volunteer program and serving as an ambassador for ExtraFood with specific food donors and recipient partners. Before joining ExtraFood's Operations team, Trevor worked in such fields as delivery, store management, and project management, and is fluent in Spanish. His email address is Trevor at ExtraFood dot org.
Cisco De Leon
Food Recovery Driver
Cisco is responsible for using ExtraFood's refrigerated truck to pick up and immediately deliver recovered food, complementing our volunteer program and serving as an ambassador for ExtraFood with specific food donors and recipient partners. Cisco moved to Marin County from Guatemala, where he worked for a nonprofit supporting returning migrants and reforestation of rural areas, planting more than 25,000 trees! Before joining ExtraFood's Operations team, Cisco managed the warehouse of a local furniture company and has owned his own moving company. Cisco is bilingual in English and Spanish and can be reached at Cisco at extrafood dot org.
Food Recovery Driver
Patrick is responsible for using ExtraFood's refrigerated truck to pick up and immediately deliver recovered food, complementing our volunteer program and serving as an ambassador for ExtraFood with specific food donors and recipient partners. Before joining ExtraFood's Operations team, Patrick worked in the insurance industry and also coached for the Terra Linda High School football team. His email address is Patrick at ExtraFood dot org.
Paige is responsible for ensuring ExtraFood’s pickup/delivery schedule on Saturday, Sunday and holidays runs smoothly. She is the primary contact for food donors, nonprofit recipients and volunteers during the daily flow of food pickups and deliveries. Paige is a native of Marin County and has worked in politics, schools, libraries, museums and social service agencies. She believes in volunteering, including with ExtraFood, Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery (founded by her mom), International Rescue Committee, Friends of SF Public Library Bookstore, and SF-Marin Food Bank. Having lived with food insecurity growing up in Marin, Paige is happy trying to make a difference for people in need now. She is a UC Berkeley graduate and earned a teaching credential from Dominican University and UCLA. Her email address is Paige at ExtraFood dot org.