About

Leadership & Advisory Boards

The Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Leadership Board is a diverse network of 40 food system stakeholders interested in creating systemic change. Through LAFPC, members build relationships and work together to make good food a reality for all Angelenos.

For more information about each member, please click on the individual’s name.

Andrea Misako Azuma

Jeff Biddle
Regional Vice President, Whole Foods

Emelio Castañeda
President, Field Fresh Foods

Paula Daniels
Founder and Chair Emeritus, Los Angeles Food Policy Council
California Water Commissioner

Francesca de la Rosa
Director of Policy & Strategic Alliances, Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge & Services (WORKS)

Rudy Espinoza
Executive Director, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN)

Robert Egger
President, L.A. Kitchen

Michael Flood
CEO, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

Gwendolyn Flynn
Community Health & Education Policy Director, Community Health Councils

Ray Garcia 
Broken Spanish

Robert Gottlieb
Executive Director Emeritus, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College

John Grant
Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW Local 770

Hop Hopkins
Co-Founder, Panther Ridge Farms
Senior Organizing Manager, Sierra Club

Evan Kleiman
Radio Host, KCRW Good Food

Bob Knight
Farmer, Old Grove Orange, Inc.

Amy Knoll Fraser
Managing Partner, Vibiana Events

Mary M. Lee
Deputy Director, PolicyLink

Joann Lo
Co-Director, Food Chain Workers Alliance

Martha Matsuoka 
Executive Director, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute

Phil McGrath
Farmer, McGrath Family Farms

Rick Nahmias
Founder/Executive Director, Food Forward

Jill Overdorf
Corporate Executive Chef, Coosemans Shipping

Leah Ross
Retail Marketing Coordinator, Brookfield Property Partners

D’Artagnan Scorza
Executive Director, Social Justice Learning Institute

Matthew Sharp
State and Federal Policy Expert; Member of LA City Health Commission

Timikel Sharpe
Deputy Director of Food Services, Los Angeles Unified School District

Paul Simon
Director, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, LA County Department of Public Health

Wendy Slusser
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health

Rachel Surls
Sustainable Food Systems Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension Los Angeles County

Frank Tamborello
Executive DirectorHunger Action Los Angeles

Daniel Tellalian
Managing Parnter, Avivar Capital

Robert Tse
Community Planning and Development Specialist, California Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Terri Williams
Director of Environmental Health,  County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health.

Jin Ju Wilder
Board Member, Produce Marketing Association

Goetz Wolff
Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs