The SAFSF Policy Committee helps develop, execute and evaluate our policy programming, applies our policy filter tool to potential policy activities and engagements, and champions agriculture and food system policy conversations within the broader SAFSF membership and within philanthropic and impact investment communities.
For information about serving on the Policy Committee, contact Public Policy Director Traci Bruckner.
The Kresge Foundation – Chair
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. Stacey also serves on the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders. 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.
BRYAN CRAWFORD-GARRETT is the Food and Agriculture Policy Officer at the Thornburg Foundation and has been in this position since September 2017. In this role, he manages the Foundation’s Food and Agriculture strategy and grantmaking portfolio. Bryan has more than 15 years of experience working to strengthen local food and agricultural systems – in New Mexico as well as in numerous countries throughout the world. Prior to working with Thornburg, Bryan consulted for five years with non-profits and foundations to improve linkages among strategy, management, and measurement in food and agricultural systems activities. He has also worked for several years in leadership positions with international NGOs in Washington, DC, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Throughout Bryan’s career, he has designed, managed, researched, and evaluated programs that focus on: sustainable agricultural and livestock production practices; policies that support more resilient food systems; market opportunities for small-scale farmers; and access for food insecure populations to a more affordable and healthier diet.
Inclusive Action for the City
RUDY ESPINOZA is the Executive Director of Inclusive Action for the City, a community development organization designing innovations to responsibly revitalize low-income, urban areas. He specializes in designing economic development initiatives in low-income communities, researching the informal economy, building private/nonprofit partnerships, and training the working poor to participate in the socio-economic revitalization of their neighborhoods.
At Inclusive Action, he leads their advocacy efforts in support of the working poor and their micro-finance programs that support micro-entrepreneurs. Under his leadership, Inclusive Action helped legalize street vending in Los Angeles, has deployed over $500,000 in low-interest micro-loans to under-served entrepreneurs, and co-created a unique commercial real estate initiative that preserves small businesses in gentrifying neighborhoods.
He serves as the President of the East Area Planning Commission for the City of Los Angeles as well as the Board Chair of the LA Food Policy Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Nonprofit Management and the Advisory Boards of the LA Development Fund and Investing in Place. Rudy holds degrees in Business Administration and Urban Planning.
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.
Fair Food Network
Noah Fulmer works with groups across the country to build capacity and align resources for healthy food incentive programs, and also supports the expansion of Fair Food Network’s impact investing arm, Fair Food Fund. Previously, Noah co-founded and led Farm Fresh Rhode Island, an organization that develops and operates innovative food system infrastructure in the nation’s smallest state. Farm Fresh runs farmers markets with nutrition education and healthy food incentives, a local food processing kitchen, and a multi-farm wholesale aggregation and delivery program.
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.
Institute for Sustainable Communities
JAIME LOVE is a senior program officer at the Institute for Sustainable Communities where her work is focused on climate change, sustainability and health equity in communities. Previously, she served as a program officer for Healthy Eating Active Living priorities at Interact for Health where she led Interact’s equity committee. Jaime spent over ten years as a health educator with Hamilton County Public Health focused on chronic disease prevention through the WeTHRIVE! initiative. A certified health education specialist and a member of the Ohio Society for Public Health Education, Jaime currently serves as an adjunct Professor at Union Institute and University teaching a graduate-level course in grantwriting. She received her Master of Education degree in health promotion and education at the University of Cincinnati in 2001 and her BS in health fitness at Central Michigan University in 1999. Jaime was named a 2016 PLACES Fellow(Professionals Learning About Community, Equity and Smart Growth) through the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.
First Nations Development Institute
A-DAE ROMERO-BRIONES (Cochiti/Kiowa) works as director of programs—Native Agriculture and Food Systems for First Nations Development Institute and manages the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative at First Nations. She is formerly the director of community development for Pulama Lana’i. She is also the co-founder and former executive director of a nonprofit organization in Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. Ms. Romero-Briones worked for the University of Arkansas’ Indigenous Food and Agricultural Intuitive while earning her LL.M. degree in food and agricultural law. Her thesis was on the Food Safety Modernization Act as it applied to the federal Tribal relationship. She wrote extensively about food safety, the produce safety rule and tribes, and the protection of Tribal traditional foods. A U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Ms. Romero-Briones received her bachelor of arts in public policy from Princeton University, received a law doctorate from Arizona State University’s College of Law, and earned a LL.M. in food and agricultural law from the University of Arkansas. She currently sits on several boards, including the Lana’i Elementary and High School Foundation. She was also recognized as a White House Champion of Change in Agriculture. She currently sits on the National Organic Standards Board.
Walton Family Foundation
PAUL WOLFE joined the Walton Family Foundation in June 2018 as a program officer on the Environment team where he will work closely with the Mississippi River group on supply chain initiatives and Farm Bill policy. Before joining the foundation, Paul worked for the National Sustainable Agriculture Campaign focusing on crops insurance, agricultural conservation and climate change. He’s also worked on sustainability and food issues in the U.S. Senate for Senator Maria Cantwell. Paul holds a J.D. from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and a B.A. in political science from Gonzaga University.