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 Member and Strategic Partnerships Director Renee Catacalos.
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.
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.
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.
KATHLEEN FLUEGEL is executive director of HRK Foundation and a member of the management team of HRK Group, a three-generation family office in St. Paul, Minnesota. HRK is a place-based family foundation with a long-term commitment to the arts and a strong commitment to impact investing and ongoing relationships with community partners. Kathleen has extensive experience in the arts beginning at MoMA in New York where she translated the Mies van der Rohe papers, and development and senior management positions at P.S. 1 (now part of MoMA), and the Walker Art Center and Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis. She served on the steering committee for Mission Investors Exchange for two terms, working to increase awareness of PRIs and impact investing in the healthy food arena and of food and agriculture in the impact investment arena. For thepast five years, HRK has been proud to partner with First Peoples Fund in their work with Culture Bearers in Native Communities across the country, as well as Four Bands Community Fund and Lakota Funds in South Dakota. Kathleen is a member of the Minnesota Food Funders Network and served on the 2015 Healthy Food Finance Planning Committee for a day-long, state-wide convening in support of the Minnesota Food Charter. She has served on many boards and is currently serving on the steering committee of the national Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders Group. Kathleen holds a Ph.D. in German Literature from New York University and can twirl ten hula hoops at one time.
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.