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!
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!
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.