Regina joined as the Executive Director in 2015 and is responsible for setting the vision, strategy and fundraising efforts for Food Recovery Network. Regina works with the amazing team at national headquarters, stakeholders and partners around the country to achieve ambitious goals. Overall, FRN's goal is to support the higher education to be the first sector where food recovery is the norm and not the exception. But Regina won't stop there. Businesses, events, public institutions also have a role in reducing food waste at the source. They also have a role to recover their surplus food and Regina wants to ensure they are integrated within the vibrant FRN network to make that happen. Most recently, Regina is tasked with implementing the three-year strategic plan for FRN and cannot wait to talk to all of YOU about how you can support FRN's goals.
For over a decade, Regina has worked in the nonprofit sector, committed to social justice issues because she believes it is in this sector that she can make the biggest difference and that people are the engines of positive change.. At the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh, she worked with employers in all sectors to establish internship programs and to match talented individuals with those opportunities. At Independent Sector and LIFT in Washington, DC to raise awareness of the nonprofit sector's abilities to solve our society's most complex issues. Regina loves to garden, hike, travel and cook meals with friends. she also loves to collaborate to make big ideas a reality!
Chief of Staff
Annie works closely with FRN’s Executive Director on strategic planning and initiatives to achieve FRN goals. These include improving internal processes and expanding and strengthening meaningful partnerships. Annie oversees the success of day-to-day office operations and manages numerous staff and working groups. She is building FRN’s professional development curriculum to meet the growing needs of FRN staff, and she is working on programmatic and fundraising initiatives in celebration of FRN’s five year anniversary. Previously, Annie worked as a project manager for an environmental start-up focusing on carbon sequestration in the fight to mitigate global warming. Prior to that, she worked in talent management and recruitment, leadership development, and direct client service in the anti-poverty space while at LIFT. Annie started her life in Washington, DC working in college counseling and substitute teaching at Thurgood Marshall academy in Anacostia, DC. She solidified her passion and commitment to civic engagement and social justice while an active participant in the Tufts University community, graduating with a BA in political science and living abroad in Rwanda and northern Uganda. Annie comes to FRN inspired to work alongside motivated and innovative problem solvers and committed changemakers. She loves animals of epic proportion (her mule sized pup is the friendliest of giants), she loves all things mandolin and fiddle, she looks for any opportunity for a good laugh, and is an aspiring bridge player – in case you’re up for the challenge!
Hannah Cather is the Program Associate at FRN, where she works with students and fellows to support the mission of fighting waste and feeding people. She attended the University of Tennessee where she earned a journalism degree and wrote stories about food for the newspaper. HC (as the team calls her) enjoys drinking coffee, reading, making zines and talking to strangers. Farmers markets are her happy place, and she's always ready to cook a meal and share it.
As the Communications Associate, Leyla works closely with all departments to implement and strengthen FRN’s overall communication strategy. A Rochester, NY native, she graduated from Florida State University (FSU) with a double major in Communications and Creative Writing and a minor in Religion. Leyla’s journey with Food Recovery Network began with the chapter at FSU where she worked as PR Chair, before joining FRN's national office as a fellow post-graduation. She enjoys exploring new cities, drowning herself in iced coffee, and binge-watching Netflix. Most of all, she loves helping FRN fight waste and feed people.
Danielle King is a dynamic and resourceful individual who joined Food Recovery Network in 2016. Her main role is overseeing all of the administration and operation functions of the office. She received her education from Strayer University and brings more than 10+ years in administration and operations support. This has prepared her well for FRN's busy and exciting office environment. Her strong organizational and administrative background and her energetic creativity will make her a real asset to the organization! Her friendly and professional manner welcomes everyone. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband and children, traveling, and exploring new food.
fellows & VISTAs
Brian is a Rhode Islander, born and bred. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island (URI) in 2016 with a B.S. in Applied Economics, a B.A. in Political Science, and a minor in Leadership Studies. Outside of the classroom, Brian has extensive experience in the realm of non-profit work. He interned as Community Outreach Coordinator with the Bikes Not Bombs chapter at URI, served as his fraternity’s Philanthropy Chair for two years, and was the Founder and President of URI’s Food Recovery Network chapter for three consecutive years. If asked to describe himself in one sentence he would say, “I am a fun-loving person who loves to laugh, be outdoors, and help others in any way I possibly can.”
Brandon is a 2016 graduate of Maryville College with a degree in biochemistry and a love for service. All four years of his undergraduate career were spent with the Bonner Scholars, a program dedicated to providing students with service opportunities within their respective communities. Through the Bonner scholarship, Brandon was able to connect with the Food Recovery Network in his senior year, founding Maryville College’s chapter of FRN in the summer of 2015. Today, Brandon is proud to be an FRN fellow and hopes to learn more about how art and science can contribute to reducing food waste. Outside of FRN, his hobbies include running, animation, and freestyle rapping.
Shira Kaufman is a fellow at Food Recovery Network. Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, she spent her childhood hanging out at the local farm where not even the broccoli leaves went to waste and the scraps were fed to the potbelly pigs. A recognition and respect for the breadth of resources and energy that go into the food we eat was what initially got Shira jazzed about Food Recovery Network and in 2013 Shira founded a chapter at Carleton college. Majoring in sociology/anthropology, Shira focused her thesis work on the intersection of immigration and food insecurity in Central Minnesota. In addition to talking and thinking about of food justice issues,Shira also likes to cook and bake bread, run on trails and explore places by bike.
Kai Kyles is a 2016-17 Program Fellow at FRN, where she is engaged in fighting waste and feeding people through chapter support initiatives. She attended Denison University where she studied Environmental Studies and Sociology/Anthropology, as well as was very involved in social change and activist communities. She recently completed her service as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member at Tremont West Development Corporation in Cleveland, OH in June where she was engaged in food access, sustainable agriculture, community development, and transit organizing efforts. Kai finds great peace in hiking, cooperatives, and intersectional vegan food justice organizing. Also, she is always down for binging on Netflix (New Girl in particular) and music!
Rosalyn graduated from University of California Davis in 2016 with a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology. A long way from home, Rosalyn grew up in California with their life revolving around all things food, and is stoked on being on the opposite coast. Food justice and waste reduction are core interests of theirs. Food Recovery Network has been a part of their college experience since freshman year, and is looking forward to a great year as part of the FRN family in College Park. In their free time, you'll find Rosalyn hunting for the best empanadas, lobster rolls, handmade tortillas, or southern comfort food in DC. If you have any suggestions on any of these, feel very encouraged to shoot her an email!
Partner Liaison VISTA
A native West-Coast-ian, Gaby grew up in California and lived in Oregon for four years. She studied at Lewis & Clark College, graduating in 2016 with a B.A. in Sociology, Anthropology, and Environmental Studies. While in school Gaby spent a semester in Senegal, where she conducted research on ecotourism and helped implement a project to improve oyster farming methods among village women. Her experiences abroad and in Oregon influenced her beliefs about food, community, poverty and freedom. Gaby is so excited to help FRN reduce the nation's food waste footprint!
Data & Program Support VISTA
Emily Soderberg is originally from Tucson, AZ, where she recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments and a minor in Sustainable Plant Systems. During her time at the U of A she gained a tangible perspective of food waste through her work with UA Compost Cats, a student-run, commercial-scale compost operation. This work inspired her to dedicate her career to creating a sustainable food system for both the planet and its people, and couldn't be more excited to begin that journey with Food Recovery Network. In her spare time, Emily enjoys going to art museums, cooking, hiking, and learning about plants.
Graphic Design Intern
Dimas is a undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently he is majoring in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Dimas has had experience doing many freelance design work including designing posters, flyers, and advertisements to promote offices and organizations. Dimas is involved with many on-campus organizations and is a proud Terp, and hopes to bring his positive energy to the FRN team.
Executive & Partnerships Support Intern
Rin is a senior at the University of Maryland (UMD), working on a double degree in Neurobiology and Environmental Health. She has been involved in Food Recovery Network at UMD since her sophomore year, and is currently part of her chapter’s leadership team as a recovery leader. Although she aspires to become a doctor, Rin became interested in environmental issues after working on a project with the local government in Frederick, MD to reduce food waste in local businesses in 2014. She’s excited to continue doing that type of work alongside FRN National. When she’s not busy applying to med schools or leading food recoveries, she enjoys creating digital art and playing badminton.
Regional Outreach Coordinators (ROCS)
Food Recovery Network, in partnership with the Sodexo Foundation, launched the Regional Outreach Coordinators (ROCs) program to provide FRN student leaders with the opportunity to engage meaningfully with FRN National and with FRN chapters in their geographic region. ROCs serve as liaisons between FRN chapters and FRN National, helping to better integrate the on-the-ground FRN experience with the programming and resources FRN National provides.
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Alice is currently a junior at Cornell University studying Economics and Business. She believes that food is one of the most crucial aspects of every culture and that sharing food is important in the process of forging strong bonds between people. Alice is excited to bring FRN to create a community of students dedicated to recovering food and reducing food insecurity. In what little free time she has, Alice enjoys baking for her friends, doing yoga, and exploring new places, as well as singing and learning new instruments.
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
Allison is currently a third year student at the Rochester Institute of Technology and is earning her BS/MS degree in Environmental Sustainability Health and Safety Management. After school, she hopes to work with corporations on their sustainable practices. While working hard in her classes she also stays involved in several organizations on campus, including being an active member of the RIT chapter of FRN, Recover Rochester. Sustainability is a big part of her life and is why she felt so passionate about her chapter for FRN. Aside from clubs, Allison works at her college's library and as a Recycling Coordinator for campus. The knowledge she has gained from all of her positions and organizations is truly inspiring and she is excited to start working with other chapters to strengthen the movement.
West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
Hilary Kinney is a junior journalism student at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. During her high school years, Hilary volunteered at a food pantry. When she started college, she missed being active in the fight against hunger and also learned about Food Recovery Network for the first time. Since 2013, Hilary has founded the WVU FRN chapter, conducted undergraduate research related to food insecurity in her county, raised awareness with her platform "Food For All: Fighting Hunger in West Virginia" as a titleholder within the Miss America Organization, and helped collect data for WVFOODLINK, an ongoing project within the Food Justice Lab at WVU. As a Regional Outreach Coordinator, Hilary hopes to help facilitate more communication between different FRN chapters and also chapters with their local communities.
Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland
The summer before eighth grade, I moved from a 300-student class in Connecticut to a 300-student school in Vermont. My town has no high school, so I opted for a funky independent school half an hour away. There every student, teacher, and administrator paused for two weeks every autumn to put on a musical and strengthen the school community. High school culminated with the achievement of Eagle rank in Boy Scouts, after which I took a gap year to volunteer in Vermont, hike in Colorado, survey wildlife in Costa Rica, and work as a camp counselor. At Goucher College in Baltimore, I'm a tour guide/Business Management Major/Environmental Studies Major/actor/club president/Ultimate Frisbee player/FRN fanatic. I've recently returned from a semester in Ireland ready to finish my Junior year with a fresh perspective.
Ben founded Food Recovery Network in 2011 while he was a student at University of Maryland, College Park. He served as FRN's Executive Director for its first 4 years. Under Ben’s leadership, FRN became the largest student movement against hunger with chapters at over 150 colleges. Ben is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur and won a Do Something Award on VH1. Today, Ben is glad to stay involved with FRN as part of the Board of Directors. He is based in Oakland, CA where he is CEO at Imperfect, America's leading consumer brand for ugly produce. Imperfect is on a mission to find a home for the 6 billion pounds per year of produce that is currently wasted because of looks.
Lauren Behgam is from Plano, Texas. She graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Studies. Her passion for food was sparked while growing up in her family's Tex-Mex restaurant, and she hopes to cultivate a career in building a more equitable and just food system. Working with Food Recovery Network has been an incredibly fruitful experience, and she looks forward to the movement's continued growth.
Andrew was involved with the early stages of FRN at the University of Maryland and within FRN National, participating with Ben Simon in several pitch competitions that gained FRN its first national coverage. He also coached students at other campuses through the process of starting an FRN chapter. Andrew graduated from UMD in May 2014 and served for a year as an AmeriCorps Team Leader with the Watershed Stewards Program.
Today, Andrew is an aspiring software developer. He is passionate about environmental science, Effective Altruism, and non-profits. He hopes to use software development to build a more sustainable future and maximize his impact in the world.
Ben Chesler has been involved with FRN from its inception as a pie-in-the-sky dream in 2011. He was the founder of FRN@Brown and one of the original members of the FRN National team. Now he sits back and watches all the amazing staff and students run FRN!
Dana graduated from University of Michigan with a Bachelors Degree in Middle Eastern Studies. While at University of Michigan, Dana started the university's FRN chapter, was heavily involved in a Palestinian activist club and attended weekly bible studies. She also volunteered at a shelter for women and children affected by domestic violence. After she studied abroad in Israel and Jordan, Dana decided to move to Jordan to work at a refugee NGO or nonprofit. Dana is currently teaching life skills to Jordanian children. In the future, she hopes to start a small nonprofit that gives Jordanian youth community service and leadership opportunities. In her spare time, Dana loves volunteering, reducing food waste, biking, visiting new cities and practicing her Arabic.
Rebecca is the Changemaker Campus Associate Director at Ashoka U, working with colleges and universities all over the world who are interested in advancing social innovation education and bridging the divide between academia and action. Before joining the Ashoka U team in 2013, Rebecca received a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a focus on the nonprofit sector from Brown University. As an undergraduate student, she highly involved in social enterprise startups, including helping to run Rainwater for Humanity, a startup building rainwater harvesting structures in a village in rural India, as well as several others. She also was a co-founder of the Food Recovery Network and is delighted to now be a member of the board.
Nick (Pomona College, ’13) started coordinating the Food Rescue program at Pomona College as a sophomore, taking over from Tammy Zhu, ’10, who started the program in 2008 with funds from a Strauss Public Service Grant and the support of the Draper Center for Community Partnerships at Pomona. Food Rescue became a founding chapter of Food Recovery Network in January 2012. After graduating from Pomona with a major in Molecular Biology, Nick completed an MPhil in Biological Sciences at the University of Cambridge studying the parasite which causes African Sleeping Sickness. He now attends medical school at UCSF with an interest in homeless health.
Cam co-founded FRN while a student at the University of Maryland, College Park and was the organization's first Director of Innovation and Operations. In her five years with FRN she helped bring the organization from its first meeting as a student group to the forefront of the broader food recovery movement by exploring initiatives that took FRN beyond higher education including Food Recovery Certified, consulting to start food recovery programs for food businesses and anything else that kept FRN a pioneer in food recovery. Cam also shared FRN's story in a TedX talk. While at the University of Maryland Cam received a B.S. in Biology and a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Today, Cam continues to help change the food industry's norms by exploring innovative ways to stop wasting food.
Mia co-founded Food Recovery Network as a University of Maryland (UMD) student in 2011 because she hated the sight of good food going to waste. She served as FRN's Director of Development for two years after graduating from UMD. As an undergraduate, Mia studied Anthropology — minoring in Sustainability, but spent the majority of her time going from dining halls to football games to basketball games collecting surplus food to make sure it didn't end up in a trash can. She is passionate about creating sustainable food systems to feed a growing global population and believes food recovery is part of the answer.