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Leadership

Executive Director, Ave Lambert (ze/zir/they/them)

Ave is a food systems changemaker with a culinary and farming background. As a seventh generation Californian, Ave has dedicated themselves to local food justice, serving as an elected member of the San Francisco Food Security task force, on several boards including the Hawai’i Food Policy Council and Slow Food San Francisco, advisory councils and committees including ShapeUp San Francisco’s Steering Committee & Equity Action Team, and organizing for grassroots campaigns like labeling GMOs, the Women’s March and the San Francisco Dyke March. In their previous roles at organizations including Farming Hope and Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), Ave incorporated food as medicine and sovereignty into curriculum and developed programming and funding models for eliminating food insecurity that dismantled systems of oppression like institutionalized racism, poverty, disease and mental illness.

Ave has an undergraduate degree in International Studies and Business from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University. Their Master’s thesis featured MA’O organic farm as an innovative solution to removing barriers to access in the food apartheid area of Wai’anae, Oahu.

Supportive practices for Ave include breathwork, healing and grief ceremony in community with other teachers, as well as facilitation and storytelling with groups like Real Food Real Stories, for radical self-acceptance, interconnectedness, care and real change.

Family and Community Partnerships Manager, Ana Guzman (she/her)

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.

Managing Director, Lauren Rejvani (she/her)

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.

Director of Programs, Amy Vu (she/her)

Amy is a registered dietitian with a Master's in Public Health from the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy. Growing up as a first-generation Chinese American, she learned at a very young age about how the role food plays in connecting health, identity, and community. While pursuing her masters degree in New York City, she worked as a Nutritionist at Harlem Children's Zone, leading family-based obesity prevention programs through the Healthy Harlem initiative. After obtaining her degree, she was accepted into the NYC Small Business Services Neighborhood 360 Fellowship program where she led the community engagement strategy to develop nutrition programs in the new Essex Street Market's demonstration kitchen. Currently, she is the Associate Program Director at FEAST (Food, Education, Access, Support, Together) and is working to bring the 16-week wellness program to all communities in need of nutrition education and access to fresh foods. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and rock climbing.

Communications and Development Manager, Shannon McDermott (she/her)

As Communications and Development Manager, Shannon is responsible for spreading awareness about FEAST and helping the organization grow through fundraising initiatives. She is passionate about using her business skills to create a positive impact in the world. While pursuing an MBA and MA in International Development from the University of Denver, she served as a marketing and business development consultant for various non-profits including Population Services International and The Zorig Foundation. After earning her degrees, Shannon spent three years in the private sector. At Henkel, she introduced design thinking and led an innovation program that both solved business problems and created a culture of collaboration. In her free time, Shannon volunteers for The Good Listening Project. She loves travel, art, hiking, horseback riding, and yoga.

Group Leaders

 

Gilda Sion, Health Educator

Gilda is a graduate of Esperanza's Community Health Promotores Training program and a FEAST Group Leader since 2015. In addition to FEAST, Gilda provides workshop to the community on topics such as Mental Health (DMH). She is also a Community Health Worker with the National Health Foundation  helping to enroll individuals into Cal/Fresh and EBT.

Interns

 

Maria Thalia Carmona, Community Health Promoter - Esperanza Community Housing

Through Food, Education, Access and Support,

Together We Can Create A More Nourishing Life.