Executive Director, Dana Rizer
Dana is a lifelong food enthusiast and has been a dedicated student of the body for the past twelve years. Prior to her work at FEAST, Dana worked as a health consultant and wellness educator offering holistic nutrition education, yoga instruction, cooking classes and food consulting to groups and private clients. She has been a part of FEAST's leadership team since the culmination of the first pilot program and has worked in every sector of the organization. She is the co-author of FEAST’s curriculum alongside founder, Sam Polk, and is the developer of the FEAST leadership training methodology. Since 2014, Dana has overseen ongoing program expansion and development, fundraising, program and organization management and administration. She has helped FEAST grow from two groups to more than 50 (with more on the way). Under her leadership, FEAST has helped impact the lives of 500 individuals and their families.
Dana is also a 500-hour Advanced Registered Yoga Teacher, is currently a lead teacher at Wanderlust Hollywood, and has spent many years on the faculty of the Nosara Yoga Institute as a head facilitator for their annual professional yoga teacher trainings. She has a Master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and a whole foods culinary training degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts.
Community Manager, Ana Guzman
Ana Guzman brings years of community leadership experience to FEAST’s organizational team. Her leadership roles have included chairperson for the English Learners Advisory Committee, and chairperson for the School Site Council. Additionally, she has served as a translator, LAUSD district meetings representative, and parent board member for the Alliance Board of Directors. A graduate of the second FEAST group, Ana immediately established new partnerships with local schools and community centers, helping to spread FEAST’s programs to additional neighborhoods in South LA. She has served as a FEAST group leader, organizer and recruiter, assisted with translating FEAST's program into Spanish, and now manages the FEAST’s Community Center, broadening our programing and deepening relationships with current Group members and alumni.
Communications and Development Associate, Lauren Rejvani
Lauren Rejvani is a Colorado native with a MA in International Development from the University of Denver and a BA in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is an experienced communications campaign manager who has worked on dozens of projects for nonprofit, environmental and progressive organizations with Portland, Oregon based communications firm, Winning Mark.
While completing her Master’s, Lauren worked for Namlo, an international nonprofit organization serving rural populations in Nepal and Nicaragua. While with Namlo, Lauren focused on fundraising and donor outreach as well as developing the digital infrastructure of the organization and tracking various health and development projects in Nepal and Nicaragua.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking in Griffith Park, doing yoga, and cooking Persian food at home.
Associate Program Director, Amy Vu
Community Health Promotores Interns
Esperanza Community Housing
Maria Thalia Carmona
Meghan Phillips - Nutrition Ink
Lucy Gyulyan - Pepperdine University