Who We Are

Our Story

Good food changes everything.

At Fair Food Network, we believe nothing is as important to our future as food. Food matters. It connects us like few things. It reflects our culture and traditions. It heals and sustains us. And it has outsized environmental, social, and political impact.

We launched Fair Food Network in 2009 with an entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering commitment to our mission: to increase access to healthy food for families who need it most, while creating opportunities for American farmers and stimulating local economies.

Our spark.

There would be no story about Fair Food Network without Oran Hesterman. From early roots working on the country’s first student organic farm, his life’s purpose became clear: to create a more sustainable future for everyone.

In the decades following, Oran gained a broad perspective of our food system, first as a farmer turned owner of a small agricultural business, later as a scientist and agronomy professor at Michigan State University. This background laid the foundation for his next chapter at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where he helped seed the local food systems movement with more than $200 million in philanthropic investments.

After more than a decade as a funder fueling nonprofit innovation and experimentation, Oran struck out to launch his own organization. And in 2009, Fair Food Network was born.

Inspiring, yet practical solutions.

We began by recognizing two of our greatest challenges as opportunities. On one hand, many families lack access to affordable, healthy food. And on the other, American farmers struggle to earn a fair pricing for their goods.

A win/win solution was born with Double Up Food Bucks, a healthy food incentive program that boosts the value of federal nutrition benefits spent on produce, while supporting local growers. Double Up was the first statewide incentive program and is today a national model implemented in nearly 20 states. And we continue to grow and innovate the program in Michigan to bring healthy food to more families, through more farmers, in more locations.

While Double Up is growing demand for healthy, locally grown food, Fair Food Network’s financing work–through Fair Food Fund and Michigan Good Food Fund – helps build our capacity to meet this demand by providing financing and business assistance to good food entrepreneurs.

In these signature programs and other projects, we are committed to pushing boundaries and identifying catalytic opportunities that create multiple wins and help move the field forward faster.

A team of pragmatic idealists.

Working with a diverse network of partners, we have made significant strides these past seven years—on the ground in communities, pioneering models that inspire others, and spurring public policy change.

This is just the beginning.

Our team leverages decades of experience in sustainable agriculture, food systems, policy, communications, public health, and community development.

We dream big, staying anchored in our core values of optimism, pragmatism, innovation, rigor, fairness, and partnerships.

We are fueled by this work and by the change we can create, together: more healthy food on the tables of low-income families, more money in the pockets of American farmers, a groundswell of American entrepreneurialism, and stronger, more resilient communities.

That is, and will always be, the work of Fair Food Network.

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Our Team

Oran B. Hesterman, PhD

Oran B. Hesterman, PhD

President & Chief Executive Officer
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Kate Krauss

Kate Krauss

Chief Operating Officer
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Sarah Andrysiak

Sarah Andrysiak

Program Consultant
Fair Food Fund
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Liza Baker

Liza Baker

Grants & Reports Consultant
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Joanne Baldini

Joanne Baldini

Program Associate
Fair Food Fund
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Jean Chorazyczewski

Jean Chorazyczewski

Program Director
Michigan Good Food Fund
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Cara Cummings

Cara Cummings

Development Director
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Brian DeSmet

Brian DeSmet

Program Manager
Double Up Food Bucks
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Emilie Engelhard

Emilie Engelhard

Communications Director
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Noah Fulmer

Noah Fulmer

Program Director
Double Up Food Bucks
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Angela Hojnacki

Angela Hojnacki

Access & Education Program Manager
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Noam Kimelman

Noam Kimelman

Program Consultant
Double Up Food Bucks
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Christine Laing, CPA, CMA
Tony Lewis

Tony Lewis

Operations Assistant
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Alex Linkow

Alex Linkow

Director
Fair Food Fund
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Joel Moyer

Joel Moyer

Manager
Fair Food Fund
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Kari Paine

Kari Paine

Communications Associate
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Holly Parker

Holly Parker

Senior Director of Programs
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Nicki Sandberg

Nicki Sandberg

Grants Manager
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Lauren Schaumburg

Lauren Schaumburg

Kansas Coordinator
Double Up Food Bucks
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Madeline Smith

Madeline Smith

Assistant to the President & Special Projects Manager
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Charles Walker

Charles Walker

Director of Retail Grocery Initiatives
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Lindsay Way

Lindsay Way

Program Associate
Double Up Food Bucks
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Jubek Yongo-Bure

Jubek Yongo-Bure

Communications and Outreach
Manager
Double Up Food Bucks
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Our Board

James Ella James

U.S. Postal Service (Retired)

Fe’ Mathelier

Nutz and Botz 
Creator, Musician, Artist and Designer

Dan Warmels

Warmels & Comstock
Certified Public Accountant

W. DeWayne Wells

Detroit Food & Fitness Collaborative
Project Director

Our Advisors

Fair Food Network Advisors

Karen Aldridge-Eason

State of Michigan Office of the Governor
Foundation Liaison

Anthony L. Garrett

Anthony L. Garrett & Associates
Public Affairs Strategist

Angela Glover-Blackwell

PolicyLink
Founder & CEO

Ray Goldberg

Harvard Business School
Professor of Agriculture and Business, Emeritus

Eugene Kahn

Small Planet Foods & Cascadian Farm
Founder & Sustainability Expert

Anna Lappé

Small Planet Institute
Founder & Author

Frederick L. Kirschenmann

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
President

Antonio Medina

New Mexico Acequia Association
President

Carlo Petrini

Slow Food Movement
Founder

Ladonna Redmond

Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs
Program Director, Agriculture and Justice

Mark Ritchie

Minnesota’s World Fair
Chair

Paul Saginaw

Zingerman’s Community of Businesses
Founder

Gus Schumacher

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Former Undersecretary

Alan Schwartz

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
Vice Chair

Nancy Snyderman, MD

Former Network Television Correspondent
Head & Neck Cancer Surgeon

Jackie Victor

Avalon International Breads
Founder & Owner

Diana Chapman Walsh

Wellesley College
President Emeritus

Malik Yakini

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
President

Fair Food Fund Advisors

Richard Fletcher

Beneficial State Bank
Chief Lending Officer

Rick Lejeune

Heath and Lejeune
CEO

Michael Rozyne

Red Tomato
Founder + Evangelist

Mark Watson

Keel Asset Management
CEO

Jeff Scheer

Pathstone Federal Street
Director