Marv has overall strategic and operational responsibility for ExtraFood's programs, staff, and execution of its mission. He works with ExtraFood's Board of Directors to establish the corporation's strategic direction; leads the organization's strategic and business planning; defines and leads the execution of the organization's fundraising plan; establishes and conducts strategic partnerships; manages ExtraFood's marketing and technology programs; 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, 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 cycling and singing in his spare time. His email address is Marv at ExtraFood dot org.
Manager, Food Donor & Recipient Relations
In this role, Kathy's primary responsibility is to recruit new food donors for our program and increase food donations from current donors. Kathy also expands our recipient partner network to help ExtraFood reach more people where they live, work, and learn. Before taking this position, Kathy was ExtraFood's first Operations Manager for 2 years and was personally responsible for securing many new food donors and food donations. Under her supervision, ExtraFood's operation tripled its capacity; in 2016, ExtraFood delivered more food than in 2014 and 2015 combined. Before starting at ExtraFood as a volunteer food runner, she co-founded the Outdoor Education Center and school garden at Marin Primary & Middle School, managing the program for 5 of her 8 years there. She also co-founded the Marin School Garden Network and worked as a Registered Nurse for 10 years. She's passionate about food, gardens (she's a Master Gardener), cooking, and sustainability. Her email address is Kathy at ExtraFood dot org.
Manager, Food Recovery Operations
Sophia and her group manage the day-to-day logistics of ExtraFood's food recovery program, including volunteer management, pickup/delivery scheduling, truck management and our technology platform. She has extensive background in Operations roles and in promoting environmental responsibility. Most recently she was Chief Operations Officer at Healthy Building Science, a local Green Building and Industrial Hygiene firm providing environmental assessment and testing services for commercial and residential clients throughout the Bay Area. Her email address is Sophia at ExtraFood dot org.
As ExtraFood's Operations Coordinator, Carrie assists Sophia with ExtraFood's day-to-day logistics, with a focus on ExtraFood's technology platform and pickup/delviery scheduling. Carrie's passion for food and social responsibility was sparked at a young age while growing up in Hawaii in a culture of community food sharing. A career shift in the early 2000's led Carrie from corporate marketing to landscape design, where she discovered a passion for food cultivation. Carrie enjoys helping ExtraFood close the gap in the food cycle through food sharing and waste reduction. When she isn't helping with food recovery, Carrie stays busy promoting horticultural best practices as a Marin Master Gardener and pursuing athletic endeavors with her young son and husband. Her email address is Carrie 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. Before joining ExtraFood's Operations team, Bill served 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.
Irene Van Riper
Food Recovery Coordinator
Irene 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, Irene worked as Caretaker of a large ranch estate in Healdsburg where she specialized in growing a diversity of seasonal fruit and vegetables for friends, guests, and associates of the estate. Prior to this, Irene lived in north Mississippi for five years where she worked and volunteered in a variety of roles within the region’s local food systems. During this time, she earned her MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi where she studied small-scale, community-based agriculture in the context of Mississippi’s civil rights and freedom movements. Before this, Irene studied cultural anthropology and agroecology at UC Santa Cruz, where she earned her BA. When she’s not spending time with her family, Irene enjoys practicing meditation and yoga, gardening, hiking, biking, and reading. Her email address is Irene at ExtraFood dot org.
Miriam is responsible for the implementation and coordination of critically important fundraising activities, working closely with ExtraFood's Executive Director to achieve ExtraFood’s ambitious growth goals. Before joining ExtraFood, Miriam worked for 5 years on Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, where she secured sponsorships from individuals and corporate partners for their annual Taste of the Nation benefit event in San Francisco. She was also an active fundraiser for the Mill Valley School District for 6 years, securing support for the Annual Fund, class legacy gifts, and the annual auction. Earlier in her career Miriam worked as a Product Manager in the apparel industry for Levi Strauss & Co. and Esprit De Corp. Miriam has a BA from Skidmore College in New York and lives in Mill Valley with her husband and 2 children. Her email address is Miriam at ExtraFood dot org.
Janet ensures ExtraFood's office runs smoothly and efficiently. She supports ExtraFood's staff, assisting with the weekly food trip schedule, generating reports, sending correspondence, onboarding new volunteers into our systems, maintaining volunteer records, leading our content-management process, and accomplishing a variety of additional support tasks typical of a start-up environment. Janet's background is in interior design and product design. She has a postgraduate certificate in Interior Design/Interior Architecture from UC Berkeley Extension, and a BA from the University of Oregon. Her email address is Janet at ExtraFood dot org.