Jason D. Ramey, Chair
Chief Executive Officer
Kellogg & Sovereign Consulting
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jason D. Ramey, Chair
Global Food and Agriculture
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Carol Criner, Vice Chair
Vice President – Strategic Accounts
Shenggen Fan, PhD
Chair Professor, College of Economics and Management
China Agricultural University (CAU)
Founder and Chairman
President and CEO
Houston Food Bank
Head of Global Portfolio Management Desk
Chief Financial Officer
Xavier Lazo Guerrero
Poverty Stoplight Ecuador
Co-founder of TriCiclos and Sistema B
UN High Level Climate Champion at COP25
Partner, Global Client Services
Japan Business Group
European Food Banks Federation
Allen J. Ginsburg, General Counsel
DLA Piper, LLP USA
Lisa MoonPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Lisa is President and Chief Executive Officer of GFN. Previously, Lisa served as Vice President of Global Agriculture and Food at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where she spearheaded a project that has become one of the leading global contributors to discussions around hunger and food security. There she conducted studies and policy dialogues on the role of agriculture in emerging economies, the nexus between agriculture and health, the pressures water scarcity and climate change will place on the global food system and the importance of trade and food price volatility to social stability. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, Political Science, and Spanish from Bradley University.
Jourdan DarensbourgExecutive Assistant to CEO
Jourdan provides crucial assistance to the CEO and administrative support to GFN’s Board of Directors and other specialty advisory groups, conducts research, and assists with special events. Prior to GFN, she worked as both an executive assistant for the Chief Human Resources Officer and acted as the HR Administrative Coordinator at The University of Chicago Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Resources with a specialization in Climate and Water and a master’s in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University.
Douglas L. O'BrienVice President, Programs
Doug is a recognized leader in global hunger and food banking and has more than 30 years of experience in hunger relief and food assistance policy. As GFN’s Vice President, Network Programs, he leads GFN’s programmatic work that provides the tools and expertise to help food banks grow and operate at scale. Doug served on the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, and held senior leadership positions at Feeding America, Feed the Children, and the Vermont Foodbank. Before joining GFN, Doug was a partner in a consulting firm that specialized in guiding corporations, foundations, food banks, and other NGOs in humanitarian assistance and global food assistance strategies.
Halley AldeenEvaluation & Research Director
Halley is a hunger-relief veteran, having spent her entire career in the field. A seasoned research professional, Halley brings experience to GFN from Feeding America, Feed The Children, The Houston Food Bank, The Congressional Hunger Center, and a consulting firm specializing in outcomes measurement and policy advocacy for nonprofits, corporations, and foundations active in humanitarian assistance. She holds a master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
Alyssa CerettiNew Food Bank Development Associate
Alyssa joined GFN in July 2019 as Executive & Research Assistant and transitioned to her current role in October 2021. In this role, she supports prospective Network members and individuals interested in starting a food bank in their community. Prior to joining GFN, Alyssa was a special assistant at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, supporting the work of the Rockefeller Foundation Fellow on global governance and international leadership. She has also worked at the U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization that works to develop U.S.-China business relationships. Alyssa holds a Master of Arts in Asian Studies: China from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Notre Dame.
Glenda GonzalezStrategic Grants Associate
Glenda joined GFN in July 2021 as a Strategic Grants Associate. In her role, she is responsible for reviewing grant projects for food banks in Latin America and Canada. Glenda has over 10 years of experience working for nonprofits and formerly worked at the Rotary Foundation. Prior to embarking on her career in Chicago, she worked in Kenya at an elephant sanctuary and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia and Panama. Glenda received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Gabriela A. KafarhireMiddle East and Africa Associate Program Director
Gabriela joined GFN in 2016. In her role, she builds and maintains relationships with GFN Certified Members and Emerging Project food banks in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Some of the technical assistance provided includes country-specific support on fundraising, food sourcing, organizational development, and planning for growth. Alongside technical assistance, Gabriela oversees food bank compliance and GFN Certification in her regions. Gabriela attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in French & Francophone Studies with minors in Political Science and Spanish and studied in the Master of Arts in French & Francophone Studies program.
Alfredo KasdorfLatin America Regional Consultant
Based out of Argentina, Alfredo supports GFN’s efforts to enhance food bank development and operations in Latin American countries. Alfredo was introduced to food banking during his work as Regional Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at a multi-national agribusiness company. He became actively involved with Red Argentina de Bancos de Alimentos (REDBda) and served as Chairman of its Board of Directors from 2009-2012. Following his time with REDBda, Alfredo was invited to serve on GFN’s Board until August 2014, when he assumed his current role.
Anthony KitchenNetwork Programs Director
Anthony moved to Chicago from the United Kingdom to join GFN in October 2012, following 10 years of working in the corporate food industry sector in management consulting. He brings a wide range of experience, having completed a number of successful projects for a variety of clients in the retail and consumer goods industries during eight years at Accenture. In 2008, Anthony worked on behalf of GFN in South Africa helping to establish FoodBank South Africa (now FoodForward SA) and exploring the food sourcing opportunities there. After leaving Accenture, he spent three years working for the largest dairy company in the UK before moving to GFN. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University Of Bath.
David MillarResearch Associate
David joined GFN in 2010 and currently holds the role of Research Associate. Formerly, in his role as Network Programs Officer, David works with the Director of Network Programs in delivering several major programs to the food banks in the network including the Food Bank Leadership Institute. In addition, David administers the GFN e-Learning Platform and has worked on the design of over 20 e-Learning courses designed specifically for the GFN network. David is also a Salesforce Certified Administrator and is responsible for coordinating with the Development Coordinator to ensure that GFN's database is leveraged to achieve its mission. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University.
Monica MooreChild Hunger Associate Director
Monica joined GFN in March 2017. In her role, Monica is responsible for the strategic design and management of GFN's Child Hunger Program, which assists food banks in the establishment, development, and expansion of programs to provide food and other services to food-insecure children, adolescents, and mothers. Prior to joining GFN, she worked most recently in the non-profit sector in Peru, with experience in project management and monitoring and evaluation. Monica holds a Master of Arts degree in International Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California.
Paula MorenoLatin America Programs Associate Director
Paula joined GFN in March 2020 and is based in Bogota, Colombia. She supports the food banks and national food bank networks in the Latin American region by providing technical assistance. Paula brings more than 12 years of experience working in poverty and hunger alleviation, strategic planning, and management. Prior to GFN, she served as Director of Red Unidos (Program of Poverty Alleviation of the National Government of Colombia) and as Planning and Project Coordinator at the Asociación de Bancos de Alimentos de Colombia (ABACO) for five years, where she supported the strategic planning and certification process.
Tiffany MorganStrategic Grants Associate
Tiffany joined GFN in July 2021 as a Strategic Grants Associate. She brings a wealth of experience in philanthropy, grants management, donor relations, and program development. In her previous roles, Tiffany managed international institutional partnerships, workplace engagement initiatives, and volunteer programs. A native of the western Chicago suburbs, Tiffany is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.
Craig A. NemitzAsia-Pacific Field Services Director
Craig has been involved in the food banking sector for more than 25 years. Currently, he is GFN’s Director of Field Services, managing new food bank development and overseeing member compliance. Craig is GFN’s main contact for food bank development in South East Asia. Previously, he served as a Network Services Representative and the first Director of Disaster Services at America’s Second Harvest (now known as Feeding America). Craig has earned numerous distinctions including the prestigious International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance and has been recognized for his humanitarian service with an Honorary Doctorate in Social Work.
Richard ParkAsia-Pacific Regional Consultant
Richard was first introduced to GFN in 2019 during Korea Foodbank’s GFN recertification process, and later attended the 2019 Asia Incubator Conference. As a consultant with GFN, Richard supports field services in the Asia-Pacific and Oceania regions. He brings experience consulting for the Canadian and Korean governments, the United Nations, and a variety of other organizations. Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Linguistics & Business Administration and a Master of Arts in English-Korean Translation and Simultaneous Interpretation.
Katie PearmineProduct Sourcing Associate Director
Katie joined the GFN product sourcing team in December 2020 and leads strategic food and agricultural partnerships. Katie comes to GFN with more than 20 years of experience working to build sustainable and equitable food systems. Previously, Katie spent six years with Oregon Food Bank as Strategic Sourcing Manager overseeing a team dedicated to partnering with farmers, ranchers, fishers, food processors, retailers, and others to source nutritious food for people experiencing hunger. She spent four years at the Oregon Department of Agriculture, where she ran a USDA grant program and supported food, beverage, and agricultural companies to grow their businesses. Her previous work also includes 10 years with a publishing and marketing firm focused on sustainable business. Katie is based in Portland, Oregon, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Oregon.
Christopher RebstockField Services Director
Chris is the Field Services Director for Canada, Europe, and South Asia. He brings a career rooted in food banking and community service, with more than 40 years of experience in the field. Chris travels extensively and manages food bank capacity building and effectiveness projects, member support, and training activities for his region. He also leads GFN’s global New Food Bank Development program, helping establish food banks in countries that do not have them. Previously, Chris has been the Executive Director of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and the Vice President of Member Support for Feeding America, where he also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). While with Feeding America he assisted local teams in Argentina and Israel with the development and maintenance of successful food banks systems. With his experience and career history, Chris helped establish GFN through the expansion of food banking internationally. His work with Bob Forney, Bill Rudnick, and others led to the launch of GFN in July of 2006 and the organization he helped create continues to benefit hungry communities all over the world.
Kurt SchultzInfrastructure, Warehouse, and Logistics Consultant
Kurt joined GFN in May 2021 to support GFN’s member food banks and incubator cohorts. He brings nearly 40 years of experience in manufacturing and packaging operations, demand and supply planning, food safety, and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining GFN, Kurt served as Senior Director of Business Operations and Vice President for Operations for major food manufacturing companies such as ConAgra, Treehouse Foods, and former Kraft Foods units. Most recently, Kurt spent four years at the Northern Illinois Food Bank as the Director of Continuous Improvement, where he was responsible for compliance and capacity-building projects.
Tara ShyamAsia-Pacific Product Sourcing Associate Director
Tara is based in Singapore and leads GFN’s product sourcing partnerships for the Asia-Pacific region. Tara comes to GFN with deep experience and passion for food systems partnerships, spanning agriculture, nutrition, and child feeding, and reflecting her work with non-profits, research institutes, and the private sector. Her most recent role was as a consultant for clients such as UN World Food Programme, Johns Hopkins University, UNICEF, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, and International Food Policy Research Institute, leading multi-stakeholder engagement, management, and analysis. Tara holds a master’s degree in cross-sector collaboration from the Singapore Management University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the Australian National University.
Ana Catalina Suarez PeñaLatin America Regional Director
Ana Catalina joins GFN after serving as Executive Director of Bancos de Alimentos de Colombia (ABACO) for nearly six years. There she developed and implemented a certification scheme in partnership with the Colombian food banks, led fundraising and food sourcing, and managed resources and projects aimed at the technical and operational strengthening of the network. Ana serves as the relationship manager and point of contact for food banks in Latin America.
Angela SupernawStrategic Grants Director
Angela joined GFN in November 2017. As Strategic Grants Director, Angela is responsible for developing the strategic framework of GFN's grants portfolio and monitoring and evaluating its implementation across the network. In addition, Angela measures the direct and indirect impact of GFN grant strategies on food banks’ capacity to alleviate global hunger and reduce food waste. Prior to joining GFN, Angela held similar roles at Lions Clubs International where she administered blindness prevention grants in Latin America and managed the strategic development of international programming. Angela is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in El Salvador and holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mohama TchatagbaIncubator Program Coordinator
Mohama brings an extensive background in capacity-building in areas of international development and food banking. Prior to GFN, he worked for the River Bend Food Bank where he helped launch the food bank's Client Empowerment Initiative, facilitated partnerships relationships, and supported volunteer training.
Mohama also worked for Lions Clubs International Foundation where he managed grants in the Africa and Middle East region. Mohama holds a master's degree in Sociology from Western Illinois University and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Lome in Togo.
Nina Rabinovitch BleckerVice President, Strategic Communications
Nina joined GFN in November 2020 as Vice President of Strategic Communications. Previously, Nina served as Director of Communications for Data2X, an alliance housed at the United Nations Foundation that seeks to strengthen the collection and use of gender data as a driver to empower women, promote gender equality, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Nina has developed and implemented strategic communications campaigns for global health, gender equality, and social justice organizations, including the Population Council, Merck for Mothers, HIAS, and the Center for Communication Programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School for Public Health. A proud Canadian based in Brooklyn, NY, Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts & Science from McMaster University and a Master's in International Affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Ahlea IsabellaDigital Communications Manager
Ahlea joined GFN in March 2021 as the Digital Communications Manager. In this role, Ahlea develops and executes GFN’s digital strategy across social media channels and website. Previously, she spent seven years working at Boston University (BU) in marketing and operations roles. Most recently, she was the Marketing & Communications Manager for BU’s Innovate@BU initiative where she supported young entrepreneurs and social impact leaders through digital storytelling and community management. Ahlea is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University and a master's degree in Advertising from Boston University.
Katie LutzCommunications Manager
Katie joined GFN in 2018. She manages GFN’s external and internal communication, generating strategic and engaging content for a diverse and unique audience. She brings international nonprofit communication experience, with a focus on food security and agriculture, from her years at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico City and the CGIAR System Organization in Montpellier, France. Katie graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelor of Arts in communication with emphases in public relations and journalism.
Jason WoodsManaging Editor
Jason joined GFN in May 2021 to lead the creation of external content for the organization. Previously, Jason worked on the Communications and Programs teams for Heifer International where he helped shape the organization’s narrative, storytelling style, and brand. Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Oklahoma State University and a Master’s in cultural geography from the University of Kansas.
Micaela WuCommunications Coordinator
Micaela joined GFN in May 2021 and assists with all aspects of communications strategy. She brings a background in social media management, health promotion, and environmental education. Prior to GFN, she worked with the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment and other nonprofits in the food systems field. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.
Vicki ClarkeVice President, Development
Vicki leads the team at GFN spearheading fundraising and corporate partnerships. With more than a decade of service to the nonprofit world, Vicki served as the Vice President of Philanthropy and Development for Heifer International where she led a global fundraising team and elevated the organization’s role in hunger and food security. She holds a Master of Arts degree in political science and Ph.D. in political science and public administration from Northern Illinois University. While a doctoral student, she received a Fulbright grant to conduct field research in Ghana, West Africa, where she lived for two years.
Matthew EckfordCorporate & Foundation Partnership Director
Matthew supports GFN by fostering strategic partnerships with corporate and foundation partners, managing existing and launching new corporate and foundation revenue streams, and growing new business in support of GFN’s mission. Prior to GFN, Matt was Director of Institutional Giving and Corporate Philanthropy at Chicago Public Media. In that role, he developed and grew partnerships with foundations and corporate partners in support of CPM’s journalism. Prior to CPM, Matthew worked to develop global corporate partnerships at Teach for All and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Originally from the UK, Matthew began his career in development with Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Royal Society. Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science from the University of Portsmouth, UK.
Leah HeckCorporate Partnerships Manager
Leah joined GFN in September 2021 as Corporate Partnerships Manager. She previously served in a similar role at WaterAid, an international development non-profit in London, UK. She delivered corporate volunteering, employee giving, and communication campaigns to engage UK water companies in conjunction with their philanthropic support. She holds a BA in Sociology from University College Roosevelt in The Netherlands and recently completed her MBA at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
Marta Hodgkins-SumnerCorporate Partnerships Manager
Marta joined GFN in August 2021 as Corporate Partnerships Manager. She brings over a decade of international and domestic experience, most recently building relationships with corporate partners at Read Ahead, a mentoring program in New York City public schools. Prior to Read Ahead, Marta was the Director of Membership and Programs at the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, supporting nonprofit and corporate members across the state. She has also worked as an English teacher in South Korea and served in Kosovo's inaugural Peace Corps cohort. Marta has a Bachelor's in English from Yale University and a Master's in International and Urban Development from the University of Toronto.
Jonathan JamesCorporate Employee Engagement Manager
Jonathan connects our corporate partners with incredible in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities across our network of food banks. Jonathan brings a robust background in food banking; prior to GFN, he worked for Capital Area Food Bank, Food & Friends, Rise Against Hunger, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank, connecting volunteers with hunger relief efforts. He has a passion for food but an even greater heart for seeing people make a difference in their communities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Theology and Community Engagement from Olivet Nazarene University.
Iris KrandelDevelopment Associate
Iris joins GFN with a background in non-profit fundraising and donor engagement. She previously served as the Development Assistant at Anshe Emet Synagogue where she focused on donor communication and stewardship and volunteer management. Prior to working at Anshe Emet, Iris participated in Avodah Jewish Service Corps program. During this year of service, Iris worked at Girls in the Game, which provides Sports, Health, and Leadership programs to girls throughout the city of Chicago. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from the University of Minnesota and currently serves as the Marketing Chair on the Young Leaders Board of Lakeview Pantry.
Caroline ParsonsMajor Gifts Development Officer
Caroline joined GFN in 2016. In her role as the Major Gifts Development Officer, she manages the organization’s annual and major giving program for individual donors. She brings expertise in donor cultivation, stewardship planning, planned giving, and volunteer management. Prior to joining GFN, she worked at The Field Museum of Natural History for six years with the Major and Planned Giving team as well as the Women’s Board. She is a graduate of DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and serves on the Junior Board of the Chicago Child Care Society.
Rebeckah PiotrowskiCorporate & Foundation Partnership Director
Rebeckah supports GFN by fostering strategic corporate and foundation partnerships. Rebeckah most recently served as the Director of Institutional Partnerships at City Harvest in New York. With more than 14 years of experience in international development and nonprofit management, Rebeckah worked in leadership positions at Action Against Hunger (ACF) since 2011 before assuming her role as Director of Programs in 2014, coordinating ACF’s humanitarian operations in Cambodia, Pakistan, South Sudan, and Uganda. Previously, Rebeckah worked with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for five years in roles based abroad and at their NYC Headquarters. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from Seton Hall University and an Executive Master of Public Administration for Public Service Leaders from New York University.
Nancy GriffithHuman Resources Director
Nancy is responsible for building out all aspects of GFN’s HR programs and initiatives including talent management, full life cycle recruitment, and compliance. Prior to GFN, Nancy held the position of Vice President of Global HR with Corus International, a global conglomerate of organizations throughout the world. She brings over 15 years of HR leadership experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and holds SPHR, CPC, DEI and FDT Leadership Development facilitator certifications.
Ardita QafleshiHuman Resources Manager
Ardita provides crucial support to GFN’s growing team and brings a wealth of human resources knowledge. Before joining GFN, Ardita worked in an HR generalist capacity for over ten years, most recently with the American Bar Association and at NDI, a global democracy NGO. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oakland University and a master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Walsh College. Ardita enjoys connecting and helping people through talent acquisition, training and development, benefits administration, and employee relations. Outside of work, you can find her traveling, spending time with family and friends, and learning new things.
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Beth SaksChief Financial Officer
Beth joined GFN in 2008. In her position as Chief Financial Officer, she directs all financial and administrative functions for the organization including budgeting, cash management, financial planning and analysis, annual audit and tax filings, human resources, and office administration. Prior to GFN, she worked as an independent consultant on financial management and systems implementation issues for non-profit organizations, served as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer for Feeding America, as well as spending several years in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Sarah HarrodAccounting Manager
Sarah joined GFN as Accounting Manager in November 2021. She works closely with the development and strategic grants teams and is responsible for donor-related transactions, program budget coverage, and strategic grant configurations. Prior to GFN, Sarah held the position of Senior Grant Accountant at Lurie Children’s Hospital. At Oprah's Angel Network and Foundation, she managed the international grants, and spent time in South Africa working with NGOs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College and a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Northwestern University.
Matthew JanusFinance & Administration Coordinator
Matthew work closely with staff across departments to streamline the accounts payable process. Prior to GFN, Matthew worked for NorthStar Aerospace as an accounts receivable consultant and was responsible for monthly reports, general ledger support, and billing and account reconciliations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Aurora University.
Diane ZillerFinance & Administration Director
Diane joined GFN in January 2020 and serves as the Finance & Administration Director. Diane brings many years of experience from her previous roles at The Jewish Community Centers of Chicago and the Center for Financial Innovation (CFSI). During her tenure at CFSI, she was promoted from Controller to Director of Finance. Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts in accounting with a minor in management.