Leadership

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

President & Chief Executive Officer

With more than 35 years of experience as a scientist, farmer, philanthropist, businessman, educator, and passionate advocate, Oran B. Hesterman is a national leader in sustainable agriculture and food systems and is a respected partner for policymakers, philanthropic leaders, and advocates nationwide.

He currently serves as president and CEO of Fair Food Network, a national nonprofit pioneering multi-win solutions that increase access to healthy food in our most underserved communities, support farmers, and stimulate economic activity. In just five years, Fair Food Network’s signature program, Double Up Food Bucks, has become a national model for healthy food incentives.

Chief Operating Officer
 
Kate Krauss is Fair Food Network’s Chief Operating Officer. 
 
In her role, Kate is responsible for the organization’s overall operations and financial management.
Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
 
Erin Allen is the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator with Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program. 
 
Erin forges and maintains relationships with partners across the state to ensure Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program reaches people in their communities. She also launched and manages the Double Up Volunteer Network, which engages community members in spreading the word about the program. 
 
Grants Manager
 
Liza Baker is Fair Food Network’s Grants Manager. 
 
Liza oversees grants from proposal development to final reporting. She brings experience from education, nutrition, culinary arts, and academic/nonprofit office management. 
 
Director of Program Enhancement | Manager of Special Projects
 
Carole Caplan is Fair Food Network’s Director of Program Enhancement and Manager of Special Projects. 
 
Carole identifies and builds strategic partnerships and spearheads special projects. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of vibrant local food systems and is a long-time advocate for a sustainable food system that delivers healthy food access for all. 
 
Senior Program Manager
 
Jean Chorazyczewski is a Senior Program Manager at Fair Food Network. 
 
Jean supports the Michigan Good Food Fund, a $30 million loan and grant fund created to finance healthy food enterprises that benefit underserved communities throughout Michigan. In this role, she works on business assistance and community outreach efforts with the ultimate goal of preparing enterprises for financing. 
 
Communications Director
 
Emilie is Fair Food Network's communications director. 
 
She is fueled by big ideas, good causes, and the power of storytelling. In her role, Emilie leads brand strategy, media outreach, digital communication, multimedia content creation among other responsibilities. She also works closely with the President and CEO on speaking engagements nationwide. 
 
Double Up Food Bucks
 
Noah Fulmer is a member of the Double Up Food Bucks team at Fair Food Network. 
 
Noah works with groups across the country to plan and implement healthy food incentive programs based on Fair Food Network's Double Up Food Bucks model.
Program Director

Alex Linkow is Program Director of Fair Food Network’s Fair Food Fund.

Alex is responsible for raising grant and program-related investment capital for the fund, which provides financing and business assistance to good food enterprises that connect small and mid-size farms with consumers hungry for local, sustainably grown food. He also leads sourcing and pipeline development for investment opportunities and oversees the fund’s business assistance offerings including one-on-one support and an annual Business Boot Camp.

Double Up Food Bucks
 
Elissa Trumbull helps lead Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program. 
 
She directs the statewide Michigan program, which provides Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program beneficiaries a one-to-one match to bring home more fruits and vegetables. including the new Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant from the USDA, which is supporting healthy food incentive innovations and program expansion from farmers markets to grocery stores, and from seasonal to year-round.
Double Up Food Bucks

Charles Walker is the Director of Retail Grocery Initiatives at Fair Food Network. 

Charles manages the growing portfolio of grocery stores that participate in Michigan’s statewide healthy food incentive program, Double Up Food Bucks, which helps low-income consumers bring home more healthy food while supporting Michigan farmers. Participating stores range from small independents to national retail chains. He also provides business assistance to retail enterprises through the Michigan Good Food Fund.