Leadership & Board

Staff Leadership

Sophia
Sophia Lenarz-Coy
  •  she/her/hers
Executive Director
763-450-3864
Favorite Food:Pizza
Tom Mercer
  •  he/him/his
Director of Operations
763-450-3882
Favorite Food:Chili
David
David Peeples
  •  he/him/his
Director of Programs
763-450-3862
Favorite Food:Brown Rice
Emily
Emily Eddy White
  •  she/her/hers
Director of Advancement & Culture
763-450-3868
Favorite Food:Green Curry
KaZoua
KaZoua Berry
  •  she/her/hers
Director of Big River Farms
651-504-8105
Favorite Food:Khaubpoob (Thai Chicken Curry Noodle Soup)

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Keith Narr, Chair
Chief Data Officer
Cargill

Dave Schmiechen, Vice Chair
Vice President, Customer Experience
Andersen Corporation

Kurt Johansen, Treasurer
Vice President and Chief Counsel
Ameriprise Financial

Bridget Hayden, Secretary
Partner
Dorsey & Whitney

Leah Porter, Development Chair
Founder of Twin Cities Mobile Market
Strategic Services Consultant
Propel Nonprofit

Directors

Naima Dhore
Somali American Farmers Assoc.
Naima’s Farm

Lindsey Hunter
Hennepin County

Sarah Kinney
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

Georgi Nguyen
Keystone Community Services

Sharmyn Phipps
University of Minnesota Extension

Sharon Roberg-Perez
Robins Kaplin LLP

Stephanie Spence
General Mills

Rhys Williams
Farmer, Community Member

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We’re a nonprofit working at the intersection of equity and access to fresh, sustainable foods. From farming to distribution, we provide fresh food across MN and WI.

The Food Group is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. EIN 41-1246504 Contributions are tax-deductible to the full amount provided by the law.

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