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.



Sheila Golden, Director of Programs

Sheila manages staff and directs strategy for CAFF’s Farm to Market programs, which include Farm to Cafeteria, Food Safety, and Direct Market assistance.   Throughout her career, Sheila has worked develop systems based solutions to some of the toughest problems facing farmers.  She has an MS in Community and Regional Development at UC Davis and previously worked for UCCE as an Urban Agriculture Jr. Specialist.
sheila[at] | 831.761.8507

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] | 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] | 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] | 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] | 530.756.8518 x131

Ben Thomas, Farm to Cafeteria Sr. Program Manager

Ben oversees CAFF’s Farm to Cafeteria program, which facilitates sales between farmers and institutions, such as hospitals and schools. 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] | 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] | 530.756.8518 x135

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] | 831.761.8507 x502

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] | 707.824.1823 x301

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

Michelle manages Regional Food System projects and staff in the Redwood Coast and North Coast regions, as well as CAFF’s statewide CSA Network.  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] | 707.826.0233 x601

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] | 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] | 530.756.8518 x302

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] | 530.756.8518 x504

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Evan Wiig, Director of Membership and Communications

Evan is a community organizer with a passion for sustainable agriculture and local food systems. From California cattle ranches to community gardens in the heart of Brooklyn, Evan has spent the past several years mucking chicken coops, reviving his local Grange hall, sitting on the Sonoma County Food Systems Alliance, writing journalism on food and ag issues and in 2011 founded the Farmers Guild to advocate for a new generation of farmers.
evan[at] | 415.710.5692

Frank Munzinger, Staff Accountant

Frank is a graduate of the University of the Pacific with a degree in Accounting. He has nearly 30 years experience in the Accounting profession, having worked in various industries including banking, manufacturing and small business. He has experience in general ledger accounting, financial statement preparation, and budgeting. Frank lives in Vacaville with his wife and menagerie of animals, including three corgis and horses. He enjoys cooking and traveling.
frank[at] | 530.756.8518 x133

Sara Tiffany, Climate Smart Farming Programs Specialist

Sara oversees CAFF’s Climate Smart Farming program, which works with farmers, researchers and other agencies to investigate and promote climate smart practices throughout California. For years, Sara has worked to promote sustainable agriculture both in the classroom and in the field, and has a passion for connecting the two. She has graduate degrees from University of California, Davis, in Soils and Biochemistry and International Agricultural Development, and has a background in international development work. Sara grew up on a small walnut ranch on the central coast of California.
sara[at] | 530.756.8518 x128

Justin Grossman, Farm to Market Specialist

Justin studied at Colorado State University. He enjoys cooking, surfing, climbing, skiing, and lives in Santa Cruz with his wife and two sons. Justin started out as a hobby farmer in rural Connecticut at 14 years old. Since then, Justin stayed active in the locally grown, sustainable ag movement, starting “locally grown” programs for Sprouts Farmers Market, Wild Oats, and many others, including helping local restaurants and caterers source local items for their menu. He has worked with Coke Farm, Route 1, Rodoni farms and several other growers that have continued to raise the bar and show the commitment it takes to be a local, sustainable farm.
Justin[@] | 530.756.8518 x505

Mira Qi, Farm to Market Assistant

Mira assists CAFF’s Farm to Cafeteria program, which includes creating marketing materials for cafeterias, researching farms eligible to participate in CAFF’s programs, and tracking sales and impacts of the program. Mira has eight years of business management and marketing experience before joining CAFF. She currently is an MS student in the Community Development program at University of California, Davis, and her research focuses on food justice and food systems. In her free time, Mira enjoys gardening and cooking.

mira[at] | 530.756.8518 x134

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