The SAFSF Membership Committee provides guidance and feedback to staff on membership services, advises and helps execute membership recruitment and retention plans, reviews new member applications, and reviews dues structure as needed. Members of the Membership Committee serve as primary points of contact for new members.
For information about serving on the Membership Committee, contact Senior Director, Membership and Outreach Renee Catacalos.
Andrew Kang Bartlett
Presbyterian Hunger Program
ANDREW KANG BARTLETT has worked as the national associate with the Presbyterian Church (USA) Hunger Program in Louisville, KY since 2001, after leaving San Francisco in foggy gentrification. In Louisville, Andrew is active on the Food in Neighborhoods Community Coalition, the steering committee for the future Louisville Food Co-op, Black Lives Matter Police Accountability Team, Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice, and the West Louisville Community Council. The Hunger Program’s work revolves around building economically and racially just and sustainable local food economies in the U.S. and globally through collaborative work with partners, coalitions, and social movements that address the systems and structures perpetuating poverty, exploitation, and oppression. Andrew coordinates the U.S.-based grantmaking program, and serves on the National Farm Worker Ministry board and the steering committee of SAFSF.
Henry P. Kendall Foundation
KALILA BOOKER-CASSANO is the Program Officer at the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, where she manages program strategy, as well as the foundation’s grant-making process, and conducts research on key issues and trends. Kalila joined the foundation in 2016 after working as a food educator at Allergic to Salad, a nutrition education nonprofit based in New York City, where she taught after school cooking classes with a focus on seasonal, vegetarian, and culturally diverse food to students of all ages. Kalila previously worked as a research assistant in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, where she provided support on a project that centered on SNAP benefits and the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, as well as a study comparing CSA produce prices to various local supermarkets in the area. Kalila graduated with a B.A. in History and German from Williams College.
ANDREA BRETTING joined the Claneil Foundation in 2008, bringing with her many years of experience with local, national, and international nonprofits. She began her career in Philadelphia as a community social worker. While living in Berlin, Germany, she worked for the Amadeu Antonio Stiftung, a foundation that addresses anti-Semitism and furthers the development of a democratic civil society. Before joining the Claneil Foundation, she was an associate director at the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Andrea serves on the steering committee of the Health and Environmental Funders Network and the American Friends of Action Reconciliation/Service for Peace. As a DAAD fellow of the German Academic Exchange Program, Andrea earned her BA/MA in social work in Cologne, Germany. She also holds a MA in international development from American University in Washington, D.C.
Linda Jo Doctor
W.K. Kellogg Foundation – Chair
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.
The Lumpkin Family Foundation
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.
11th Hour Project- The Schmidt Family Foundation
MASIKA HENSON joined the 11th Hour Project in 2020 and is a program manager for the Food & Agriculture team. She has an interdisciplinary background that touches many sectors, including public, private, academic, and government. Previously, she managed projects and communications for the Nature Conservancy’s Global Soil Science Program. Additional experience includes grantmaking at the S.D. Bechtel, JR. Foundation to support projects to improve California freshwater resources, and restoring and mapping the health of New York City waterways at NYC Parks. As part of the Rockefeller Foundation for six years, she helped manage the endowment and developed initiatives around oceans and fisheries as well as organizational sustainability. She is a craft beer enthusiast and has over 10 years of experience in marketing and promotion of craft breweries. Masika received her Bachelor’s in biological sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Science in sustainability management from the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
The John Merck Fund
CHRISTINE JAMES is the executive director of The John Merck Fund. Christine came to The John Merck Fund in 2008 after 20+ years working for small, community-based human service and environmental nonprofit organizations in Maine and Massachusetts. She has a BA in art history from Bowdoin College and an MA in public policy from Tufts University’s Urban and Environmental Policy program. Just before coming to JMF, she was executive director of EarthWorks, a small urban greening organization based in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. Her work in Maine included four years as executive director of an educational organic farm and two years working on clean energy and climate change issues. Before becoming executive director, she was JMF’s director of programs from 2008 to 2017, when she oversaw the foundation’s environmental grants programs: Clean Energy, Health and the Environment, and Regional Food Systems.