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Board of Directors

Bonnie Brown

Board Treasurer

Bonnie Brown is a senior level executive and entrepreneur with over twenty five years of hands-on experience in finance and accounting, management, information systems, and business leadership. She is the co-founder and CEO of New Earth Partners and co-founder and CFO of Passion Placement LLC, an employment platform focused on connecting people with mission-driven organizations doing work that matters to them. Previously, Bonnie was CAO and CFO of Tecogen Inc. Prior to joining Tecogen, Bonnie was a partner at Sullivan Bille PC for 15 years, where she provided financial, accounting, audit, tax, and business consulting services for start-up to mid-sized companies.

Bonnie is a CPA, with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Bentley University and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Boston University.

Katie Cantrell

Founder and Board Chair

As the founder and former Executive Director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, Katie Cantrell has spent the last decade leading workshops at top universities, government agencies, and Fortune 500 corporations. After reading Eating Animals in 2010, Katie was inspired to found Factory Farming Awareness Coalition to address factory farming holistically, as a threat to the environment, social justice, animal welfare, and public health. Her materials have been used as a resource by food justice activists across the world. 

Katie is currently the Director of Corporate Outreach for the Better Food Foundation. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in Russian literature.

James Glauber

Board Member

James is a pediatrician who has worked in medicine for over 30 years, both in a clinical practice setting and managed care leadership. Most recently, he served as the Chief Medical Officer for the San Francisco Health Plan, a non-profit Medicaid managed care organization. He also volunteers on the Medical Advisory Committee of the California Food is Medicine Coalition (CalFIMC).

James graduated from UCSF School of Medicine and earned a Master of Public Health from Harvard University.

Eva Kalea

Board Secretary

Eva Kalea has over fifteen years of experience in marketing, design, and operations, and has worked with a range of nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies. Eva is currently the Executive Director of Marketing & Operations for Auricle Productions, a nonprofit environmental journalism organization. She provides strategic leadership for Auricle Productions' operations, audience development, and fundraising.

Eva is also a co-founder of Young Women Who Crush, a climbing and leadership development program for young women and gender expansive youth in NYC. She holds a BA in comparative literature from UC Berkeley in English and Russian literature.

Verena Rossa-Roccor

Board Member

Verena Rossa is a systems thinker with a holistic understanding of how individuals, organizations, policy, and planetary boundaries are interconnected in creating a healthy and sustainable world. She is a psychiatrist and counselor, an epidemiologist, and a doctoral student in environment and sustainability. She believes that human, animal, and planetary health are inextricably linked and that food system research and advocacy is the perfect vehicle to improve all three.

Verena holds an MD from University of Tuebingen and Ulm University (Germany), a Master of Science in population and public health from the University of British Columbia (Canada), and is currently a PhD student in resources, environment, and sustainability at the University of British Columbia.

Naomi Sachs

Board Member

Naomi spent the last 25 years leading operations, strategy, and finance for both small and large companies, most recently as President and COO at Sittercity. Prior to joining Sittercity, she ran a strategy and operations group at Tribune Co and worked for several years in investment banking. In addition to FFAC, Naomi serves on the boards of Farm Sanctuary and the Material Innovation Initiative.

Naomi graduated from Yale University and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Samrong So

Board Member

Samrong So is the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Renewal Memory Partners, the nation’s first home healthcare organization to operate as a Certified B Corporation. Samrong’s previous career in education, including Peace Corps service, spanned 15 years of K-12 and university teaching and leadership experience in Japan, the UK, Ukraine, and the US.

Samrong graduated from UC Berkeley and holds a Master of Arts in sociology and education from Columbia University.

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