Leadership

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

President and 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.

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

Alex Linkow is Program Director of the Fair Food Fund, an impact capital fund from Fair Food Network that provides financing and business assistance to value-added producers, farm-to-table distributors, and other enterprises that connect small and medium-sized farms with the growing demand for local, sustainably-produced food.

Director of Partnership Development | Special Assistant to the President

As Director of Partnership Development, Liz Kohn works to identify and pursue strategic partnership and fundraising opportunities. As Special Assistant to the President, she manages Oran Hesterman’s schedule and provides logistic and in-person support of his appearances and events. On the project side, she works with the Double Up Food Bucks team on out-of-state partnerships and volunteer management and has managed 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.