Advisory Board Members

San Diego Food Bank

  • Jim Floros, President and CEO

  • Vanessa Ruiz, VP of Operations

Feeding America San Diego

  • Vince Hall, CEO

  • Dana Henderson, Director of Programs

Food pantry representative

  • Angela Kretschmar, Executive Director, Heaven’s Windows

County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency 

  • Eligibility Operations Department
    Rick Wanne, Director
    Albert Garcia, CalFresh Program Manager

    Ismael Lopez, Outreach and Enrollment Liaison

  • Public Health Services
    Naomi Billups, Public Health Nutrition Manager

  • Community Health Statistics
    Leslie Ray, Senior Epidemiologist

    Chris O’Malley, Epidemiologist II

  • Land Use and Environment Group

    Domingo Vigil, Program Coordinator, Live Well San Diego Food System Initiative

  • County Board of Supervisors

    Stephanie Gioia, Health Policy Advisor for Supervisor Ron Roberts


  • Beth-Ann Clark, Scripps Mercy Hospital - WIC Office

Head Start and Child & Adult Care Food Program

  • Kristine Smith, Senior Director of Nutrition Services, Neighborhood House Association

Community Food Projects

  • Jennifer Gilmore, Kitchens for Good

  • Diane Moss, Project New Village

  • Richard Winkler, Co-Director, Wild Willow Farm & Educational Center; Chair of San Diego Food System Alliance Food Recovery Working Group

Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP)

  • Camellia Mortezazadeh, Director of Childhood Obesity Initiative

  • Prem Durairaj, Food Systems and Research Director

San Diego Food System Alliance

  • Elly Brown, Director

  • Sona Desai, Associate Director

2-1-1 San Diego

  • Bill York, Chief Operating Officer

  • Claire Oksayan, Director of Enrollment Services

Jewish Family Service

  • Sasha Escue, Director Nutrition Services

Mama’s Kitchen

  • Alberto Cortes, Executive Director

UCSD Center for Community Health

  • Blanca Melendrez, Executive Director

The Children’s Initiative

  • Sarah Mostofi, Operations Director

School Nutrition Services

  • Gary Petill, Nutrition Services Director, San Diego Unified School District

Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties

  • Lindsey Wade, Vice President, Public Policy

Local Funders

  • Ernie Borunda, Parker Foundation

  • Sharon Goodson, Leichtag Foundation

  • David Lynn, Lynn Family Fund

  • Becky Modesto, Price Philanthropies

  • Vince Kasperick, Kasperick Family Foundation

Local Researchers

  • Paul Watson and Bill Oswald, The Global ARC (Action Research Center)

  • Peter Brownell, Research Director, Center on Policy Initiatives (participates in CalFresh Data Working Group)

San Diego Hunger Coalition Board Members

  • Nicky Riordan

  • Ellen Waddell