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.

 

 

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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 | 530.756.1298

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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]caff.org | 415.710.5692

 

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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]caff.org | 707.663.8755

 
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]caff.org | 530.302.5911

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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 | 530.290.1144

 
Sara Tiffany, Climate Smart Farming Program 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]caff.org | 530.302.5331

Angie Corwin, Farm to School Program 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 | 707.636.4472

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[@]caff.org | 530.756.8518

Kimberly Huynh, Food Safety Assistant

Kimberly is currently pursuing a B.S in Food Science at the University of California, Davis and aspires to use that knowledge to expand into the food safety and quality realm. She previously held a CAFF Farm to Market internship position and is now a Food Safety Assistant. Kim helps prepare resources for food safety trainings, researches practical methods small scale farmers can use to reduce their food safety risks, and contributes creative ideas for developing interactive and effective resources for farmers.

Yousef Buzayan, Farm to Market Assistant

Yousef studied Agricultural Economics and International Agricultural Development at UC Davis and has interests in food systems and agricultural supply chains. He has had several past experiences in agriculture, from working at local farms and farmers markets to being an ambassador for the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Yousef enjoys event planning and formerly directed the UC Davis Whole Earth Festival. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys playing basketball, fantasy football, listening to podcasts, and watching the US National Soccer teams.

 
Megan Contreras, Senior Operations 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

 
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]caff.org | 530.302.5136


Updated 04-01-18

 

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