Leadership

Our team has deep experience working at the forefront of sustainable agriculture and food systems.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Hesterman is a national leader in sustainable agriculture and food systems. He is the author of Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All, in which he provides an inspiring guide to changing not only what we eat, but how food is grown, packaged, delivered, and sold. His experience in the philanthropic sector includes more than 15 years as program director for Food Systems at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He also played an essential role in the establishment of the Michigan Food Policy Council and has made significant contributions to the funding of healthy food and farming via his leadership of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders group.

Director of Operations

Jean works with the President of Fair Food Network to manage the organization's operations and maintain an ideal and inspiring work culture. She oversees accounting, budgeting, contracting, communications, information management systems, office management, human resources, and regulatory compliance.

Program Director

Meredith Freeman is director of Fair Food Detroit and developed the Fair Food Fund Detroit. She provides overall strategy development and implementation to ensure equity in the food system, in collaboration with community-based organizations, policy makers, funders and residents.

Program Director

Rachel Chadderdon Bair directs the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program. She works with market managers, farmers, and community partners to implement the program and bring new customers to participating farmers’ markets.

Program Director

Based near Boston, MA, Alex directs the Fair Food Fund program. The Fair Food Fund is being developed to invest in ventures that connect small and medium-sized sustainable New England farms with the growing demand for local, sustainably-produced food. During the planning process, Alex is meeting with stakeholders  to gain a better understanding of the current challenges, needs, and opportunities in the New England food system, and he is using this input to help create the fund's business plan.

Associate Director of Development | Project Manager

As Associate Director of Development, Liz Kohn works to identify and pursue opportunities for organizational development, guides proposal procedures, and tracks overall funding progress. On the project side, she manages activities of the Cleveland Seasonal High Tunnel Project.

Program Director

Terrence M. Hicks is a driven successful community relations strategist.  He has over 15 years of experience and previously worked with Ford Motor Company, one of the largest corporate philanthropic institutions in the world, Michigan Department of Transportation and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Communications Director

Emilie Engelhard is fueled by big ideas, good causes, and the power of storytelling. As Communications Director at Fair Food Network, Emilie is responsible for defining the organization's national communications strategy and building brand awareness with the goal to grow the good for a more just and sustainable food system. Working in close partnership with the president and program team, she leads a range of efforts including branding and positioning, media relations, digital strategy, and content generation among others.

Assistant to the President

Liza Baker brings experience from education, culinary arts, and office management. She has also worked as an instructor of Mandarin Chinese, cooking, and nutrition, ran her own catering business, and worked as an office administrator in a university setting as well as for several nonprofits.

Senior Advisor

Based in Washington, D.C., Anthony brings decades of experience in public policy advocacy and communications campaigns. He created and directed a national grass-tops public interest organization that successfully advocated for landmark legislation in transportation policy. He also ran a comprehensive communications campaign for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that became the national model for implementation, and managed a successful marketing campaign using new media techniques in post-Katrina New Orleans.