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Board of Trustees

Tara Agrawal 
– (Roslindale, MA) is currently Senior Project Manager in Boston Children’s Hospital’s Office of Community Health (OCH) where she leads a multifaceted grantmaking initiative focused on improving the health and well-being of children and families. Tara has been working at the intersection of community nutrition practice and research both domestically and internationally for over 15 years. Prior to joining OCH, Tara served as an agricultural advisor with Global Exchange and ENLACE Civil, a Mexican NGO, advising indigenous farmers in Southern Mexico about sustainable agricultural development. Tara returned to the U.S. to pursue her Master’s Degree in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Tufts Friedman School. It was during this time that she first connected with The Food Project—serving as the urban grower’s assistant & farmers market manager. Tara has since earned her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. As a community nutrition researcher, Tara is interested in the social and behavioral aspects of food and eating to inform policy and practice. She has conducted research on a variety of food, agriculture, and health related topics for organizations including UNICEF, the World Bank, the Jesuit Refugee Service, and The Food Chain Workers Alliance.

Cassandria Campbell – (Dorchester, MA) is a 1999 alumna of The Food Project and co-founder of Fresh Food Generation, a Boston-based food truck and catering company. After participating in The Food Project's youth crews, Cassandria studied Economics and Public Policy at Swarthmore college and later returned to The Food Project as a youth coordinator. With an interest in building communities, Cassandria pursued a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from MIT and spent time working in affordable housing development. Campbell co-founded Fresh Food Generation in 2014 with Jackson Renshaw, fellow Food Project alumnus, with a shared goal of bringing healthy, locally-sourced food to communities where these options are hard to come by. In 2014, Cassandria was included in Zagat's 30-Under-30 list—honoring Boston's young entrepreneurs who are redefining the dining industry. She is also the 2018 winner of The Food Project's Leadership Award.

Valerie Cardoso – (Dorchester, MA) is a Climate Change Policy Analyst for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). Prior to her time at EEA, she worked as the Deputy Director of Constituent Services for the Office of Governor Charles Baker. Valerie graduated with a B.A. in Sociology at Boston College in 2014, and upon graduation, served as a City Year Americorps member at an elementary school in the Bronx, NY. After completing her first year of Americorps service, she returned to Boston where she spent the year crossing the country leading volunteers in high impact service projects at both schools and nonprofit organizations. Valerie became involved with The Food Project’s Seed Crew at the age of 15. She spent three years in various youth roles throughout the organization and was given opportunities to represent The Food Project outside of Boston. Valerie frequently states that her passion for service and social justice started at The Food Project and that the organization has played the most important role in shaping her life and career trajectory.

Nora Carey
– (Boston, MA) has extensive global experience as a Project Manager and Business Developer in the Culinary, Tourism & Hospitality industry. A longtime resident of Europe, Nora has held key roles in London and Paris - from developing the retail & restaurant segments at Butlers Wharf for Sir Terence Conran, to Marketing Director at the Hôtel Ritz Paris and co-founder of Aux Pains Perdus - a retail sandwich concept in Paris.  She returned to the US in 2005 to spearhead the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World which subsequently lead her to the Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation where she served as the Executive Director under Chefs Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud and Jerome Bocuse. Now based in Boston, she continues her interest in Project Management and was an Executive Director for the Boston Public Market Association. Nora collaborated on the Time-Life Good Cook series in London and authored two cookbooks; Les Petits Marmitons du Ritz published by Flammarion and Perfect Preserves published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang.  She has an MBA from the Paris campus of the Barney’s School of Business, University of Hartford, a Grande Diplôme de Cuisine from La Varenne in Paris and a degree in Biology from Trinity University, Washington D.C.

Annalisa Di Palma
– (Swampscott, MA) is a fitness industry professional, community volunteer, and mother to a preschool age daughter. Until recently, Annalisa owned and operated her own fitness studio where she was a coach, instructor, and personal trainer, bringing her decades of fitness and marathon running experience to her clientele. Prior to that, she worked for nearly a decade with startup companies in the telecommunications industry, managing their public and analyst relations programs. Annalisa was elected to the Board of Girls Inc., of Lynn in September 2008 and is currently the Board President (until September 2014). She is also a member of the Board of Overseers of Salem State University and is active with Catholic Charities. Annalisa’s passion for healthy living and nutritious cooking fueled her quest to help individuals everywhere access an affordable, fresh food supply. She is a member of The Food Project’s Lynn CSA. Annalisa holds a BA from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University. She and her husband share a love for the outdoors, for extensive traveling, cooking, and entertaining. 

Michelle Dyer (Treasure) 
– (Essex, MA) Michelle Dyer is the Director of Corporate Development, Global Risk & Compliance at American Express Global Business Travel, leading risk and compliance due diligence, remediation, and integration activities for all mergers and acquisitions. Throughout her professional career, Michelle has focused on M&A, private equity, business transformation, sustainability, strategy, finance, and operations in the financial, retail, entertainment, and higher education industries. Michelle received an MBA (Finance) from Northeastern University in Boston; an MSc (Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability) from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden; and a Bachelor of Arts (Art and Culture Studies) from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She is the Chair of the Town of Essex Finance Committee and does volunteer work for organizations, including The Food Project, the Essex County Community Foundation, and the Friends of the 301 at Montserrat College of Art. Michelle lives in Essex, MA with her husband and daughter, and loves skiing, tennis, gardening, cooking, and music.

Sarah Gould
(Hamilton, MA) Sarah grew up in the north of England and graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Land Economy. After an early career as a chartered surveyor in London, she joined the British merchant banking firm Kleinwort Benson Limited. She served postings in Chicago and New York as a Vice President in commercial real estate and leveraged lending. Sarah left the workforce just prior to having the first of three daughters and has been an active mother and volunteer over the past twenty plus years. She is a past trustee of Brookwood School and has volunteered in different capacities (and on several occasions) in Tanzania, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and West Virginia. She currently volunteers on a regular basis as a literacy tutor in Lawrence and at a food pantry in Beverly where she has seen first-hand the enthusiasm when fresh produce has been made available. Sarah has been a keen volunteer and supporter of The Food Project for over ten years and loves taking care of her own tiny vegetable garden on the coast of Maine. The rest of the year, she lives in Hamilton with her husband, daughters, and dogs.

Norris Guscott(Somerville, MA) Norris Guscott is a clinical and social sciences researcher currently enrolled in Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government’s UE Executive Education Program (Using Evidence to Assess Effectiveness). Additionally, Norris collaborates with Harvard Medical School’s The Family Van and HMS MedScience with their impact analysis and research publications. Norris has a deep history with The Food Project. At the age of 16, he was introduced to the organization by former executive director, J. Harrison, while working in a community garden in Lynn, MA. Norris later became one of The Food Project’s first FoodCorps service members, and eventually went on to publish a research piece on the benefits of community gardens in collaboration with The Food Project*. He is currently completing his academic studies while working at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and consulting regularly with several Boston area non-profit organizations. In his spare time, Norris is an avid gardener and competitive cricket player.

Preble Jaques – (Brookline, MA) works in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs & Co. in Boston. Prior to that, he co-founded Avedro Inc, a medical device company. Earlier in his career, he worked at Housatonic Partners, a private equity firm, and in equity research at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Preble is a graduate of Harvard College and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He serves as a Board member at The Crittenton Women’s Union and The Food Project and as a member of the Investment Committee at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Preble and his wife Jessica Shattuck, a fiction writer, live in Brookline with their three children.

Natasha Lamb
(Manchester, MA) Natasha is a Managing Partner, Director of Equity Research & Shareholder Engagement with Arjuna Capital. She works with clients to integrate Environmental, Social, and Governance factors into their investments, while engaging major corporations to improve their performance through shareholder activism. Named by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the “Bloomberg 50” most influential people who defined global business in 2017, Natasha was also featured on the cover of the magazine in June 2017. In 2018, she was named to InStyle magazine’s ‘The Badass 50: women who are changing the world” list. Natasha has been profiled in Forbes, Fast Company, and the Boston Globe, while her work has been featured in Rolling Stone, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, as well as on NPR and CNN. In 2016, Natasha received the Upstart Business Journal Upstart 100 Award and the Aiming High Award from Legal Momentum for pioneering a shareholder campaign on gender pay equity. Her 2014 landmark negotiation with Exxon Mobil led to the company’s first public report on global warming and carbon asset risk. Natasha is a trustee of The Food Project and Chairman of the Crane Institute of Sustainability, host to the Intentional Endowments Network. She holds an M.B.A in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School, where she taught sustainable investing for 5 years. Natasha received her B.A. cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.

Anmol Mehra 
– (Boston, MA) Anmol Mehra is an equity research analyst for Fidelity Investments in Boston, the largest mutual fund company in the United States. Prior to joining Fidelity, Mr. Mehra was a pension consulting actuary at Towers Perrin, an employee benefits consulting firm. Anmol received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and actuarial studies from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from McCombs School of Business, also from the University of Texas. Mr. Mehra is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. He is the Board Chair of Urbanity Dance, a Boston-based contemporary dance company, and is on the Board of Directors for Music For All, a national music education organization in Indianapolis. Anmol is on the Advisory Board and a Counselor for the University of Texas MBA Investment Fund, and he is a Partner with Social Venture Partners Boston, a venture philanthropy nonprofit.

W. Andrew Mims 
– (Dedham, MA) Andy joined Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge as a trustee in 2013. Prior to joining the firm, Andy was Vice President of Sustainability for Gaylord Entertainment, a publicly traded hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, TN. As Gaylord’s first sustainability officer, he created an award-winning program that focused on operational efficiency (energy, waste, and water), capital investments and stakeholder engagement. Prior to Gaylord, Andy spent over ten years in finance in New York, San Francisco, and Boston, with the investment banks BT Wolfensohn (Deutsche Bank) and Thomas Weisel Partners, and the private equity firm ABS Ventures. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

Midori Morikawa – (Jamaica Plain, MA) Bio Pending.

Diane Remin 
– (Watertown, MA) is the President of, a consulting and training company that helps small-to-mid-sized nonprofits raise more money.  Prior to founding, Diane was a Senior Associate at Wellesley, MA-based Biondolillo Associates, Inc., a marketing and development firm that creates innovative, branded fundraising programs for nonprofit organizations.  As a nonprofit board member herself, Diane has made “asks” for both capital campaigns and unrestricted operating support. A top-rated speaker and trainer, Diane’s technique-driven workshops hit the mark with individual nonprofit boards and large conferences.  In 2013, she was named one of the “Top 30 Most Effective Fundraising Consultants” by the Michael Chatman Giving Show. She is a member of The Boston Club, which promotes women’s leadership, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Diane holds a BA from Carnegie-Mellon University, an MA Ed. From George Washington University and an MBA from Boston University. Her twitter handle is @DianeRemin. She likes to point out that: “Giving is good for your health!”

Charles Riemenschneider
– (Chatham, MA) is currently an independent consultant in the areas of domestic and international agriculture, rural development and finance. Most recently he was the Director of the Investment Centre of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy from 2006 to 2012.  The Investment Centre works cooperatively with the World Bank and other international financing institutions and UN partners in the formulation, supervision, and evaluation of approximately $4 billion annually in investment projects and programs in agriculture, rural development and natural resources management in nearly 100 developing and transition countries.  Chuck joined FAO initially in 1994 as Director of the North American Liaison Office in Washington.  Prior to joining FAO, he was Staff Director of the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for eight years where he supervised all aspects of the Committee’s work, including sustainable agriculture and domestic nutrition programs of relevance to The Food Project’s activities.  He has been a Vice President in the Global Portfolio Management department of Chemical Bank in New York City, on the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, and on the faculty at Michigan State University.  Chuck grew up on a family dairy farm in Maryland and holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Rutgers University.

Katie Ryan
– (Brookline, MA) is an active volunteer for MassArt, Brookline Community Mental Health Center, and her children’s schools. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home parent, she worked for several years at the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), identifying archeological resources within the national park system.  While at the NPS she wrote her graduate thesis,  Agricultural Transformation in Kazakhstan, which reviewed Kazakhstan’s emerging transformation from a wheat producer to controlling all steps of farming from production to market. Katie’s graduate work examined food systems small and large, and ways to keep traditions alive and improve modern practices. After the NPS, she ran the Geography Information Systems (GIS) Center at the U.S. Library of Congress, creating a Congressional mapping analysis tool to enable the assessment of legislation.  Katie holds a BA from Trinity Washington University (Washington DC), and an MA from Catholic University (Washington DC).  Katie, her husband, and children enjoy playing tennis, skiing, cooking, boating, and travel.

Carolyn Zern (Board Chair)
– (Cambridge, MA) is Vice President of Development at Berkeley Investments, where she focuses on the development of multi-family apartment communities and commercial buildings throughout the greater Boston area. Prior to Berkeley Investments, she worked in a similar capacity at Wood Partners, and at Boston Capital and as an urban planner and budget analyst for the City of New York before that. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. Carolyn has volunteered as a fundraiser for Dartmouth in various roles for more than a decade. She was raised in Larchmont, NY, currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and tries to spend as much time in mid-coast Maine as possible.


Our Board of Trustees meets six times per year.

The Food Project is always looking for talented people to join our Board of Trustees. In particular, individuals with finance, fundraising, legal, communications/media, social enterprise or agricultural background/experience are being sought. If interested, please contact Board of Trustees Chair Carolyn Zern by sending a message to [email protected].

The Food Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Tax ID: 04-3262532


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