Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Ron brings communitarian ideals to his work developing food system ventures to support the equitable and sustainable food movement as the owner of Alchemy. Through Alchemy, he is beginning to consult on local food system projects and manages a community space called SILO in Makers Quarter, a developing neighborhood in the East Village. Ron co-created the Scratch Culinary Education program to train students and school-food-service personnel scratch cooking methods via after school cooking classes and interactive training sessions. In early 2015, Ron and his partners sold Alchemy Restaurant Group, whose focus was on their flagship restaurant, catering and retail food line, to focus on regional food system issues. During the past decade Ron has been a board adviser, member or officer to several non-profits in San Diego. Among them are the Front Burner Fund, Phoenix Foods USA, the San Diego Food System Alliance, the Farm to School Task Force, the San Diego Urban Rural Roundtable, and the South Park Business Group. Ron has received several honors, including mention in San Diego Metropolitan Magazine's 40-under-40 list in 2011 and recognized by the Community Health Improvement Partners as a Cross Sector Business Leader for 2014.
Jess brings a wealth of knowledge to our board of directors from her successful career at the intersection of social enterprise, philanthropy, and politics. Jess has an advanced understanding of San Diego’s food system landscape, with past roles including Director of Strategic Initiatives for Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Price Family Charitable Fund and co-founder of San Diego Food Funders. Prior to her work in San Diego, Jess served in the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation where she supported the creation of the Impact Economy agenda to examine how public policy can increase impact investing, scale social and hybrid enterprises and expand corporate social responsibility. Most recently, Jess served as Director of Advance for the Bernie Sanders 2016 Campaign. She also currently sits on the board of Kitchens for Good and California Food Policy Advocates.
Jen's professional experience includes working extensively with not-for-profit organizations and private companies. She has significant experience with OMB Circular A-133 requirements and other grant compliance requirements at the federal and state level, and has created and implemented audit procedures specifically for the conduct of these audits. She has also trained staff, clients, and Boards of Directors on financial and compliance requirements. She has worked closely with nonprofit organizations and philanthropists providing assistance with overall grant-making and education activities. Prior to joining the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in 2014, she was the Controller at Episcopal Community Services, a California non-profit civic and social organization with $24M in revenues. She also previously served as Manager at Leaf & Cole, LLP, a San Diego CPA and consulting services firm, from 2011 to 2014.
A licensed Certified Public Accountant since 2003, Jen received a B.S. in Accounting from San Diego State University. She serves the local community as a Member of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Champion’s Committee; Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Dreams for Change, a San Diego nonprofit organization; Member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of the San Diego Police Foundation Audit Committee Member of Harmonium, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization in San Diego; and graduate of LEAD San Diego, a leadership and civic engagement organization.
Vi works with local governments, nonprofits, academic institutions, and community groups to identify and support strategic partnerships that make San Diego the best place to work, enjoy, live and learn (WELL). As an energetic community member with over 10 years in the nonprofit sector, she is a strong advocate of multi-sector collaboration to attain sustainable systems change to address solvable issues, like hunger. In addition to the Hunger Coalition, Vi serves on the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy - San Diego Steering Committee, Hands On San Diego Advisory Board, and the University Heights Community Association Beautification Committee. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership and management from the University of San Diego. Connect with her on Twitter at @Vi_SD.
Immediate Past Board Chair
Ellen is a board director of the Moxie Foundation, which promotes entrepreneurship and social innovation, environmental sustainability, sustainable agriculture, and women's empowerment programs. She began her career as an archaeologist earning a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in cultural resource management from University or Arkansas. She founded and managed a cultural resources consulting firm. She has worked in the non-profit sector focusing on landlord-tenant issues, homelessness, refugee resettlement and museum curation. Ellen is a member of the San Diego Food Funders, Hand to Hand and Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders. After relocating back to California she became an owner and manager of a commercial real estate company. She continues her passion for archaeology volunteering at the Museum of Man and works with not-for-profit organizations associated with local and global food systems.
Members At Large
As a certified financial planner, Joe develops strategies to help his clients plan for their children’s education, their retirement and their equity compensation packages. He also teaches in the University of San Diego master’s degree of accountancy program, where he provides students with real life financial planning experience. A past president and current member of the California Society of CPAs San Diego Chapter, Joe serves on the board of trustees for the CalCPA Education Foundation and as a council member for the American Institute of CPAs. Joe earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration (accounting) from the University of San Diego in 1985.
For 20 years, Bob Kelly served as President and CEO of The San Diego Foundation, overseeing the institution’s activities, programs, asset management and growth. A longtime San Diegan, Bob built his career in philanthropy over several decades. Prior to joining The Foundation, Bob served as Executive Director of American Cancer Society in San Diego and Vice President of Southern California. His career includes significant time with Sharp HealthCare, where he served as Assistant to the President, Senior Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer for Sharp HealthCare Foundations. Bob also worked as Senior Vice President for CCP and Associates – a comprehensive cancer center consulting firm. Most recently, Bob served as Executive-in-Residence at National University’s Sanford Institute of Philanthropy.
Bob serves on the boards of Leglar Benbough Foundation, Borrego Community Health Society Foundation, Voice of San Diego, Hubbs Sea World and San Diego Hunger Coalition. He is Board Chair of Sharp HealthCare and President of Borrego Valley Endowment. Bob’s past community service activities include time spent as a board member of Beauchamp Charities, San Diego Chamber Foundation, San Diego Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Symphony Foundation, the University Club, The Children’s Initiative, League of California Community Foundations, and International Community Foundation. He’s is past President of the UCSD Alumni Association, past Board Chair of Youth for Progress, and past Board Chair of San Diego Grantmakers. Bob also spent a number of years as a board member for the Elsinore Cattle Co., a family-owned for-profit cattle ranch and natural gas company that operated in Texas, Colorado, and California.
Throughout his career, Bob has originated many programs and projects which have made a significant difference in our community including Camp Reach for the Sky, Endow San Diego, the Charitable Foundation Affiliates throughout the county, San Diego Women’s Foundation, San Diego Charitable Real Estate Fund, San Diego Disaster Fund and, most recently, the San Diego Foundation’s Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement.
Nicky Riordan is a Program Officer at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) where she administers a grant‐funded research project analyzing the ability of youth refugee programs to improve place attachment and self‐efficacy. She completed an internship with the Kroc IPJ after graduate school, where she monitored international policy, produced the weekly newsletter, and helped choose the annual Women PeaceMakers for the Institute.
Before joining the Institute, Riordan worked in the field of domestic poverty and hunger relief for over 3 years with the goal to innovate and modernize the current system of food and social service delivery, as well as to create a more strategic and effective social safety net for all San Diegans. She worked for both the San Diego Food Bank and Feeding San Diego, most recently as a Programs Manager and, prior to that, as the CalFresh Case Manager helping San Diego families apply for and maintain their benefits. In this role, she regularly attended San Diego Hunger Coalition’s CalFresh Task Force meetings.
At Feeding San Diego, Riordan also led the organization’s legislative policy work and served as Co‐Chair of the Hunger Advocacy Network. She was a finalist for the prestigious U.S. Presidential Management Fellowship in 2015, and has worked on various political campaigns and currently does freelance policy writing on domestic issues such as health care, social services, and elections. Her articles/blogs have been published on behalf of the Utica Center for Public Affairs and Election Research, and shared through the San Diego Hunger Coalition’s social media. She is currently co‐authoring a series on immigration policy for Palgrave McMillan.
Riordan earned a BS in Political Science/Communications from Southern Utah University, and MA in Peace and Justice Studies from University of San Diego Kroc School of Peace Studies.
Judge Borunda served as a Law Clerk at the Fourth District Court of Appeal from 1971-72 before entering private practice. He was appointed to the South Bay Municipal Court in 1979 and became a Superior Court Judge in 1998. In 2000 he received the Annual Award for Outstanding Service to the Legal and Judicial Education programs in the US and abroad. He served as Chair of the CJER Governing Committee, which develops policy for Judicial Branch Education in California. He retired in 2000 to become Dean of the National Judicial College. NJC serves Judges from the US as well as an international cross section of judicial officers. From 2003-2006 he was the Legal Training Advisor for the Macedonia Court Modernization Project in Skopje, Macedonia. Under the auspices of USAID, he directed the development of an Education framework for the training of Judicial Officers, Administrators and Staff. He served on the St. Augustine Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1997 and was Chairperson in 1994 and 1995. He is presently a member of the Parker Foundation Board of Trustees. Judge Borunda received his BBA from the University of San Diego (1966); his JD from USD (1969) and a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from USD in 2001. He taught as an Adjunct at USD School of Law and holds a Lifetime Credential for the California Community College system in the areas of Law, Business Education and Social Science.
Laura Galinson is the Founder and President of the Galinson Family Foundation, the Price-Galinson Collaborative Fund, the Alternative Families Fund, as well as the Laura Jo Galinson Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego.
Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Religion from University of Colorado, Boulder, where her passion for photography blossomed as yearbook photo editor. After college, she took photos for the Boulder Daily Camera and Denver Post, won an award for a photo picked up by the New York Times Magazine, and traveled to Australia with her winnings. Later she was a photographer for the Associated Press, until moving into the world of publishing. Laura says learned everything she knows about books from her time working at John Cole’s Book Shop and White Rabbit Children’s Bookstore, two legendary book sellers in La Jolla. From there, she became Assistant to Sandra Dijkstra, regarded by many as the most powerful literary agent on the West Coast, where Laura worked with Janell Cannon to produce Stellaluna. Laura was then recruited to become Senior Publicist at Harper Collins in San Francisco, where she worked until relocating back to San Diego in 1997. At that time, Laura’s father, Murray Galinson, introduced her to Sol Price, and her work in philanthropy began.
Also of note is Laura’s history as a competitive swimmer from age 5 to 40. As a youth, she routinely competed in the YMCA Nationals and Junior Olympics, and was a part of the number one ranked relay team in the U.S. at age 13. Laura went on to dominate in U.S. Masters Swimming and International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) competitions. At the age of 36, she broke the World Record for the 100 meter individual medley at the IGLA Olympics in Atlanta.
Today, Laura focuses her charitable work on her passions for education, youth, mental health, the arts, Africa, Israel and San Diego, and she continues to be an avid photographer and swimmer. Laura and her wife, Jodi Diamond, are devoted mothers to their children Hannah, Bob, Syvan and Teddy.
Among her many contributions to the community, Laura currently provides leadership to the Museum of Photographic Arts (Education Chair and Acquisitions and Development committees); Jewish Women’s Foundation (Board Member), Support the Enlisted Project (Advisory Board and Development Committee), Psych Armor (Mental Health Advisor), and Hillel San Diego (Board Member and Capital Campaign Chair).
As the former executive director of Feeding America San Diego, Jennifer oversaw efforts to expand emergency food distribution to communities affected by limited access to grocery stores and farmers’ markets, low wages, and the high cost of quality food. During her tenure, Jennifer increased food distribution from 2.5 to 19.2 million meals per year and grew philanthropic revenue from $1.2 million to $5.4 million annually. Prior to joining Feeding America, Jennifer managed agency relations and volunteer programs at Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and, before that, served as a volunteer at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. In 2013, she earned the Tribute to Women in Industry Visionary Award for her contribution to hunger relief in San Diego County. She holds bachelor and master’s degrees in public administration from the University of Arizona, and also serves on the board of directors for SuperFood Drive.
Vince has spent a 30-year professional career in banking and mortgage banking, capped with the founding of AimLoan.com, a national mortgage banking company in 1998. For the past 25 years, he has brought a similar energy to San Diego’s nonprofit sector, having focused primarily on issues of food and shelter for the most vulnerable members of our community. He is the current chairman the board of directors of St. Vincent de Paul Village (Father Joe's Village) and has previously served on the boards of the San Diego Food Bank, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the San Diego Home Loan Counseling Service. He is a strong believer in collaboration and collective impact, and helped organize and fund the University of San Diego Food Security Project, which since 2012 has worked with the region’s major food banks and hunger relief agencies to collaborate on improving the county’s food delivery systems. Vince earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in finance from San Diego State University.
In addition to her career as a businesswoman who co-founded Rancho La Puerta fitness spa and resort in 1940 and founded the Golden Door in 1958, Deborah was CEO/President of the Inter-American Foundation (1984-1991), a federal agency making grants for grassroots development throughout Latin America and the independent nations of the Caribbean. She is also founder of Eureka Communities, and she is currently a board member for Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Congressional Management Foundation (she conceived and launched “Setting Course: A Congressional Management Guide” now in its 14th edition in 2015).
Her community work and philanthropy in the San Diego area spans seven decades, during which she founded a major arts foundation, served on innumerable boards, and spearheaded the campaign to rebuild the Old Globe Theatre.
In 2001, Deborah founded the New Americans Museum located in Liberty Station. The Museum provides inspiring and compelling educational and cultural programs and activities exploring San Diegans’ diverse immigrant experiences.
In 2002, San Diego Rotary named her “Mrs. San Diego.”
In 2012, Mexican President Felipe Calderon presented her with Mexico’s highest honor for a foreign citizen: The Order of the Aztec Eagle. President Calderon praised her life-long community involvement and efforts to further the health of Mexico’s environment and people.
Now 93 years old, “but feeling like she’s in her 50s,” Deborah lectures and travels frequently, speaking on the high principles of “living the longer, healthier life,” as well as being a tireless advocate for health reforms. Most recently, she is the founder of wellnesswarrior.org, a non-profit web-based platform for raising awareness of national health issues.