The Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and nominating to the Board of Directors an annual slate of new directors willing and able to serve, who will contribute to the Board both organizational and individual diversity of expertise, skills, influence, background and other elements deemed appropriate for the strength and success of SAFSF.
For information about serving on the Nominating Committee, contact Member and Strategic Partnerships Director Renee Catacalos.
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.
First Nations Development Institute
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.
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.
MAILEE WALKER became executive director of the Claneil Foundation in 2007. Prior to joining the Claneil Foundation, she was vice president, communication/program officer of the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation. Mailee serves as a board member of The Philadelphia Award. She serves on the Strategy Committee of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders (SAFSF) and an advisory board member of The Center for Hunger-Free Communities. She is a member of the Forum of Executive Women, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and Asian Mosaic Fund Giving Circle. Mailee earned a BA in urban studies from Stanford University and an MBA in change management from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. She is an alumna of the Coro Fellows Program, the Center on Philanthropy’s Jane Addams Fellowship, and Leadership Philadelphia.
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.