Board of Directors

The Board of Directors supervises, controls and directs the affairs of SAFSF, determines its policies, carries out its purposes and budgets, and disburses its funds. Directors serve three-year terms.

For information about serving on the Board of Directors, contact Board Chair Jen Zuckerman.

J.Olu Baiyewu
City of Atlanta

j. olu baiyewu is a food systems expert that excels at resolving challenges, with a combination of innovative & time-tested solutions. while achieving measurable, sustainable results through strategic planning and capacity building, his approach is of a personable servant leader, tenacious community advocate, and well-informed professional, rooted in values such as equity, transparency, inclusivity, and accountability to name a few.

As the City of Atlanta Urban Agriculture Director, j. olu leads the strategic planning process, stakeholder and partner collaboration, and program implementation for Atlanta’s urban agriculture and fresh food access activities. Prior to joining the City of Atlanta j. olu was Director of Programs and Outreach at Atlanta nonprofit Food Well Alliance. There he led the partnership, outreach, and implementation strategy of the organization’s Resource Center program. j. olu has also founded and served as Director of Organix Matters, which designs, builds, manages, and grows initiatives across metro Atlanta in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmers markets, and gardens. He has also worked at two Atlanta-area non-profit urban farming organisations, Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture and Global Growers Network.

j. olu is a 2013 graduate of the Urban Grower Training Program at Truly Living Well, a Center for Civic Innovation Food Innovation Fellow, a member of The Wallace Center’s Food Systems Leadership Network, and a past Forum (conference) Planning Committee member of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders. Before his “official” urban agriculture journey began, j. olu worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry, and was Co-Founder of ThePopShop Natural Handcrafted Ice Pops in Chattanooga and Atlanta. He earned his BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Management, from Morehouse College.

Stacey Barbas
The Kresge Foundation

STACEY BARBAS is a senior program officer on the Kresge Foundation’s Health Team. She is responsible for managing a portfolio of approximately $20 million that focuses on increasing health equity by addressing conditions that lead to poor health outcomes.

Her portfolio includes grants that address healthy food systems that benefit low income communities and she is a lead staff person on Fresh, Local and Equitable, a $12 million dollar initiative with the foundations’ Arts & Culture program surfacing projects around the country that use food-oriented programs to contribute to economic revitalization, cultural expression and health in urban low-income communities. Ms. Barbas’ professional career in the nonprofit health and human service fields spans 30 years. She joined the Kresge Foundation in January 2008 after serving for five years as Executive Director of the Michigan AIDS fund, a statewide nonprofit grantmaking organization. Ms. Barbas received a Master of Science in Administration and Management from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Wayne State University.

Linda Jo Doctor
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

LINDA JO DOCTOR is a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. In this role, she helps develop programming priorities; reviews and recommends proposals for funding; manages and monitors a portfolio of active grants; and designs and implements national grant initiatives, place-based work, and multi-year projects.

Linda is a member of the Food, Health & Well-Being team, where her work focuses on the impact of environmental conditions on health equity. She co-leads the Food & Community Program, an initiative designed to transform food systems and the physical environments in places where children live, learn, and play. In Michigan, Linda Jo co-leads the foundation’s place-based work in Detroit, focused on creating conditions so vulnerable children and families thrive.

Ila Duncan
The Lumpkin Family Foundation (Secretary)

ILA DUNCAN has been an active member of the Lumpkin Family Foundation since she was a teen and has been on the board since 2016. Based in New York City, she is also a member leader in her local chapter of Resource Generation, organizing fellow young donors to support social justice movements.

Outside of her philanthropic work, Ila is a writer and comic artist exploring the ways that stories and art can shape society, and putting her own spin on favorite pieces of media just for fun. She has a background in film production but has moved away from that work to make more space for organizing. With the Lumpkin Family Foundation she supports land, health and community related work in and around Mattoon, Illinois where the foundation is located. Her role as a next-gen board member brought her to Resource Generation, seeking community with other young people in philanthropy, but their mission of redistributing wealth to support movements for social justice resonated so deeply that she now spends the majority on her time on that work.

Kaying Hang
Sierra Health Foundation

KAYING HANG serves on the executive team for Sierra Health Foundation and The Center as the vice president of programs and partnerships. In this role, Kaying is responsible for strategic program and partnership development, and oversees management of programs and initiatives.

She joined the foundation in 2013. A native Hmong speaker, Kaying received a bachelor of arts degree from Brandeis University and a master’s in public health from Boston University. Originally from Minnesota’s Twin Cities, she is the oldest of seven children and comes from a refugee family dedicated to social justice and racial equity. She and her family are proud to call Sacramento home.

Leslie Hatfield
GRACE Communications Foundation

LESLIE HATFIELD is the senior partnership and outreach advisor at GRACE Communications Foundation, where she advises on communications matters and collaborates with like-minded organizations on the development and refinement of external communications.

Leslie has contributed to The Huffington Post, EcoWatch, Alternet, Edible Hudson Valley, Acres USA, and others, and served as lead author of the publication Cultivating the Web: High Tech Tools for the Sustainable Food Movement. She has taught a masters level food policy course at The Evergreen State College. In her past life, Leslie spent over a decade working in the restaurant industry. She sits on the steering committee of the Health and Environmental Funders Network, and is a board member for the Plastic Solutions Fund.

Brad Leibov
EarthShare (Vice Chair)

BRAD LEIBOV is a strategic and proven leader with expertise in managing and accelerating philanthropic, nonprofit, and collaborative solutions to address our most pressing environmental challenges. He serves as CEO of EarthShare, a philanthropy that has engaged millions of individuals and distributed more than $300 million to support the nation’s largest network of environmental and conservation organizations working to protect the health of the planet.

Brad most recently served as President and CEO of Liberty Prairie Foundation, where he launched pioneering new programs and partnerships to improve the health of land, water, and communities in the Midwest. He built and supported a diverse network of partnerships across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to advance farmland conservation, sustainable and regenerative agriculture, community food systems, and local, state, and national environmental policy. His belief in the power of collaboration and strong partnerships for environmental impact inspired his work to help launch Funders for Regenerative Agriculture, where he serves as a Steering Committee member of the nation’s first funders initiative dedicated to addressing global climate change by accelerating the emergence of regenerative agriculture, soil, and working lands systems that support people and the Earth. In addition to serving as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, Leibov serves on the Boards of the Earth’s Call Fund and The Carbon Underground.

Mark Muller
Regenerative Agriculture Foundation

MARK MULLER serves as the executive director at the Regenerative Agriculture Foundation. He came to RAF in March 2020 after spending over 20 years working on related issues including agricultural conservation, Midwest water quality, racial equity in the food system, and effective federal food and agricultural policy.

Mark served as director of the Mississippi River program at the McKnight Foundation, and prior to that he directed the Food & Community Fellows program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. He also spent two years teaching high school in New York City and 18 months volunteering in Honduras and Guatemala. He and his spouse and three children live in south Minneapolis.

Carol Pickering
Dietel & Partners

CAROL PICKERING joined Dietel Partners in 2009 after a career path that took her through business and technology journalism and food businesses. Carol is responsible for various client program areas, working most closely with Tory Dietel Hopps and Ren Dietel.

Carol started her career as a business reporter at The Writing Company in Portland, Maine in 1995 and later joined the editorial boards of Forbes ASAP and Business 2.0 magazines as staff writer. In 2001, Carol left the world of technology journalism to join a startup food company. After selling the business in 2006, she joined another food business that closed its doors in 2009. During this time, Carol became active in Maine’s value-added food industry, where she helped start the Maine Food Producers Alliance, a nonprofit business association for Maine’s food producers. Carol joined Dietel Partners in 2009 as aprogram assistant, and is currently a program officer in the Maine office. She is a trustee of the Pickering Foundation in Salem, Massachusetts, a foundation dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of the Pickering House and family. Carol is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and Holderness School. She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband and two children.

Michael Roberts
First Nations Development Institute (Treasurer)

MICHAEL (MIKE) ROBERTS, Tlingit, returned to the First Nations Development Institute as president in 2005 after serving as their COO from 1997 to 2002. First Nations works to strengthen and build a strong foundation for American Indian-controlled economies that support healthy Native communities.

In the interim Mike spent five years in private equity; he has also worked for Alaska Native corporations, and for local IRA councils, primarily in accounting and finance. Mike has taught at the MBA program of the Bloch School of Business at the University of Missouri Kansas City and at the Haskell Indian Nations University. He holds an MBA from the University of Washington with an emphasis in finance and operations management and a Bachelor’s of Environmental Design Degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado.

Mikki Sager
The Conservation Fund

MIKKI SAGER is vice president of The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing environmental stewardship and sustainable economic development. In her work with the Fund’s Resourceful Communities program (RC), Mikki helps communities implement triple bottom line efforts that promote sustainable economic development, social justice and environmental stewardship.

Resourceful Communities provides capacity-building assistance and small grants to help communities implement triple bottom line efforts; helps over 550 partner grassroots groups connect with each other across country; and helps communities implement place-based economic development projects, including ecotourism and community forestry, that leverage environmental techniques and resources. Resourceful Communities partners are increasing access to healthy food and active lifestyles for vulnerable populations in the South and Appalachia, and are advancing a national initiative focused on leveraging conservation tools and resources to advance community food sovereignty. RC has distributed over $6 million in small grants and helped partner organizations create over 2,000 jobs in urban and rural communities alike. Sager is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education.

Jennifer Zuckerman
World Food Policy Center, Duke University (Chair)

JEN ZUCKERMAN comes to the World Food Policy Center after eleven years at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Jen joined the BCBSNC Foundation in June 2006, where for ten years she served as the Senior Program Officer for Healthy Living, focusing on increasing access to safe active environments and on providing sources for healthy, locally sourced food, with a commitment to early childhood development and food systems.

In her most recent role with the Foundation, she served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships, which focused on spread and scale of best practice in healthy living initiated in North Carolina as well as bringing resources outside of North Carolina into the state for the benefit of improving the health and well being of North Carolinians. Prior to the Foundation, Jen administered federal and state grants at NC State University’s Recreation Resources Service where she worked with parks and recreation agencies across the state to help develop partnerships for the benefit of community health. Jen’s has also worked in a cross section of North Carolina nonprofits.

She currently serves as the Chair of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems Advisory Board, Vice-Chair of the National Academies of Medicine Early Childhood Innovation Collaborative, co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders Network and on the Board of Directors of the Triangle Land Conservancy and Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation. Jen has also served on the Steering Committee for the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force and the Statewide Prevention Task Force. She earned her undergraduate and masters degrees from NC State University in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.