Staff

 
Diane Del Signore, Executive Director

Diane leads the CAFF team and oversees all projects. Prior to CAFF, Diane ran Snap Pea Partners, a consulting firm providing business development for emerging food, agriculture, and health-related businesses. Diane serves on the board of the CA Small Farm Conference and is an urban farmer.

Diana Abellera, Development Manager

Diana currently oversees CAFF’s development strategy in foundation and government grants, after serving as the Farm to School and Farm to Market Program Director for 5 years. She has developed educational programs for non-profits such as People’s Grocery, Urban Habitat, and Redefining Progress.
abellera[at]caff.org

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Jaime Lockwood, Director of Partnerships and Engagement

Jaime is a grant writer and development consultant focused on helping sustainable food organizations hone their fundraising best practices as well as their capacity to tell the story of their work. Previous to starting her consulting business (Rootstalk Consulting), Jaime served as the Development Director for the National Farm to School Network.
jlockwood[at]caff.org | 530.756.8518 x403

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David Runsten, Policy Director

Dave directs all of CAFF’s policy work as well as the food safety and water stewardship outreach. Dave is an agricultural economist who conducted research on such topics as contract agriculture in Mexico, fair trade coffee in Oaxaca, regional competitiveness of the produce industry, living wages in Los Angeles, and farm labor in California.
dave[at]caff.org | 530.756.8518 x125

Megan Contreras, Event & Membership Manager

Megan coordinates and promotes CAFF’s outreach programs; manages CAFF’s membership program; and assists CAFF’s Development, Marketing, Finance, and Program staff. She has taught and managed programs/events for school groups and the general public and worked in the non-profit arena since 2003.
mcontreras[at]caff.org | 530.756.8518 x112

 
Carson Wilcox, Development & Admin Coordinator

Carson manages grants and provides support for CAFF’s Development and Admin departments. He attended UC Davis with a degree in Agricultural and Managerial Economics, and has helped many nonprofits with editing, writing, submitting and carrying out grants. In addition, he is very active in the 4H program with his family.
carson[at]caff.org | 530.756.8518 x131

 
Ben Thomas, Procurement Specialist

Ben provides technical assistance to farmers in selling their products to hospitals and schools and works with institutional food service buyers to provide education on local food and food systems. Ben has worked with college and university sustainable food procurement and education since 2009 and joined CAFF after managing the sustainable food service program at UC Davis Dining Services.
ben[at]caff.org | 530.756.8518 x127

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Kali Feiereisel, Food Safety Specialist

Kali provides food safety technical assistance to farmers as they further develop their practices to meet new requirements. In addition to her background in diversified vegetable production, she recently studied food safety, local food systems, and food and agriculture policy while completing her graduate degree in Public Health Nutrition from UC Berkeley.
kali[at]caff.org | 530.756.8518 x135

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Sheila Golden, Program Director

Sheila is the director of CAFF’s Farm to Institution Programs which includes the CA Farm to School Network and Farm to Cafeteria procurement support.  She previously managed regional programs in the Santa Clara Valley and Central Coast before taking on CAFF’s statewide work.
sheila[at]caff.org | 831.761.8507 x501

Allie Hoffman, Program Manager

Allie Hoffman oversees communications of the CA Farm to School Network and co-manages California’s FoodCorps program.  Allie coordinated the Harvest of the Month program for the Central Coast and South Bay regions for over four years. She has worked in garden education, grocery retail, and food security. Allie is passionate about all things farm and food.
allie[at]caff.org | 831.761.8507 x502

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Rosemary Quinn, Program Manager

Rosemary supports CAFF’s Farm to Institution programs by being the main liaison with CAFF’s farmer members as well as managing program events, such as the CA Farm to School Conference .  She has been volunteering and working for numerous food and farming non-profits for the last five years, and previously ran the Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign for the Santa Clara Valley Region and provides Farm to Market tools and services to our farmer members in the area.
rosemary[at]caff.org | 831.761.8507 x503

Angie Corwin-Laskey, North Coast Regional Manager

Angie’s work focuses on the Harvest of the Month program in Sonoma County.  During her career, she provided trainings and technical assistance for partners across six counties as well as coordinated the regular merchandising and promotions provided to 40 retailers in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino Counties. Angie also developed a program to connect the Harvest of the Month school based program to neighboring retail markets through corresponding merchandising materials.
angie[at]caff.org | 707.824.1823 x301

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Michelle Wyler,  Sr. Program Manager, Redwood and North Coast Regions

Michelle manages Regional Food System projects and staff in the Redwood Coast and North Coast regions. Captivated by the farming culture at an early age, she has had her hands in the soil or been involved in rural food systems development for the past twenty years. She operates her own small farm, is an avid bicyclist, and food aficionado.
michelle[at]caff.org | 707.826.0233 x601

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Vivian Dang, Membership Assistant

Vivian, currently obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of California, Davis, assists in the coordination and promotion of events and CAFF’s membership program. Her hobbies include working in her garden and cooking.
membership[at]caff.org | 530.756.8518 x111

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Jonathan Hernandez, Accounting Assistant

Jon, currently obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Statistics, at the University of California, Davis, provides accounting, HR, and administrative support to the CAFF team.  Jon also works at UC Davis Dining Services and is responsible for maintaining the facility, which services more than 3,000 students per day.
accountingassistant[at]caff.org | 530.756.8518 x110

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Elizabeth Esparza, FoodCorps Service Member

After attending Sonoma State University, where she was introduced to and became passionate about food systems work, Elizabeth is excited to be back in the area to engage even more fully with the local food system as a FoodCorps service member. Elizabeth spent the last year as a FoodCorps service member with the Pittsburg Unified School District and is excited to bring the skills and experience gained there to her work with CAFF.

ncfoodcorps[at]caff.org | 530.756.8518 x302

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Cassie Spindler, FoodCorps Fellow

Constantly awed by the bounty and diversity of California’s people, places, and foods, Cassie’s hobbies encompass appreciating all that her native state has to offer. After studying Art History at University of California at Berkeley, Cassie graduated to learning about school food: first at an elementary school kitchen, and then through FoodCorps service at Oakland Unified School District. This year, she’s overjoyed to support the nineteen service members who are teaching, empowering, mentoring, and feeding California’s youth.
cassie.spindler[at]foodcorps.org | 530.756.8518 x504

Updated 11-22-16

 

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