Membership Committee


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 Vice President, Strategy and Impact 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.


Andrea Bretting
Claneil Foundation 

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.


Ila Duncan
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.


Adam Liebowitz
North Star Fund

ADAM LIEBOWITZ joined North Star Fund in 2013. Adam directs Community Food Funders (CFF), a philanthropic organizing project for funders in the tri-state area to invest in the transition to an equitable, ecologically sound, and sustainable regional food system that emphasizes local growing, processing, and distribution. Adam administered and coordinated North Star Fund’s Greening Western Queens Fund and Community Fund for Sandy Recovery. In 2019, Adam led the process of the creation, design, and implementation of the Seeding Power Fellowship for food justice leaders, CFF’s newest initiative.

Adam has a rich history in the nonprofit sector and extensive experience in community outreach and development, urban farming, program design and management, youth development, and environmental justice. “My time as Education Director at a Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx provided a foundation to understand the strengths and struggles of underserved populations in New York City,” Adam says. “At The Point CDC, I worked with amazing people dedicated to undoing some of the systemic injustices in our city and culture, and learned the importance of community-based planning and grassroots activism to realize social change.”

Focusing on environmental justice and food access, Adam trained Hunts Point youth through The Point’s ACTION program as community organizers were able to establish their own projects and campaigns. He created an urban agriculture and food justice program that included cooking and nutrition classes, public health outreach, the establishment of a local CSA, and vegetable gardens across multiple sites. Adam designed and organized the 2009 South Bronx Food & Film Expo, and served on the steering committee in 2011 for the first Bronx Food Summit.

Prior to joining North Star Fund, Adam worked as an independent consultant to nonprofit organizations and private firms specializing in food systems planning and food access projects in New York. He received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2002 and an M.S. in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from The New School in 2011. Adam Liebowitz joined North Star Fund in 2013. Adam directs Community Food Funders (CFF), a philanthropic organizing project for funders in the tri-state area to invest in the transition to an equitable, ecologically sound, and sustainable regional food system that emphasizes local growing, processing, and distribution. Adam administered and coordinated North Star Fund’s Greening Western Queens Fund and Community Fund for Sandy Recovery. In 2019, Adam led the the process of the creation, design, and implementation of the Seeding Power Fellowship for food justice leaders, CFF’s newest initiative.


Dave Nezzie
Thornburg Foundation

DAVE NEZZIE is the Food and Agriculture Policy Officer at Thornburg Foundation. Dave is a tribal member from the Navajo Nation. He previously served as a field representative for the Office of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich where he engaged with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as organizations, community leaders, and sovereign tribal governments. Dave is a candidate in the LL.M. Program in Agriculture & Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. He received a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law with program certificates in Federal Indian Law and Natural Resources & Environmental Law. Dave attended Arizona State University as an undergraduate, earning concurrent degrees in Anthropology and American Indian Studies. Dave enjoys backyard farming with his wife and four children in the South Valley near Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Emily Parker
Butterfly Equity Foundation

Emily Parker is the Executive Director of the Butterfly Equity Foundation. Ms. Parker is responsible for the overall administration of the Foundation, including identifying and vetting potential grantee partners, proposal evaluation, fundraising, and impact strategy and analysis.

She has over 10 years of non-profit experience, with a focus on fundraising, budget planning, grantmaking, and operations. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Parker was the Director of Development for Food Forward, helping to scale its Southern California hunger relief and food recovery efforts through growing annual funds raised by over 400% during her tenure. Previously Ms. Parker worked in grants management and operations at Fundamental Inc., a Los Angeles-based philanthropic advising firm.

Ms. Parker also serves on the board of directors of The Road Theatre. Ms. Parker graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre.