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.

Grants Manager

Liza Baker brings experience from education, nutrition, culinary arts, and academic/nonprofit office management. She also works as an integrative nutrition health coach and culinary instructor.

Director of Program Enhancement | Special Assistant to the President

As Director of Program Enhancement, Carole works to identify and support strategic partnership 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.

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.

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.

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.

Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

As the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Erin is responsible for an array of duties that include the development, successful implementation, and management of an exemplary volunteer program to support Double Up Food Bucks in grocery stores across Michigan. She works with a range of partners to procure volunteers and nutrition educators for participating stores who aim to increase customer participation in Double Up. Erin also plays a vital role in connecting with community partners to help expand overall usage of Double Up Food Bucks.