Leadership & Board

Staff Leadership

Emily Eddy White
  •  she/her/hers
Director of Advancement & Culture
Favorite Food:Green Curry
KaZoua Berry
  •  she/her/hers
Director of Big River Farms
Favorite Food:Khaubpoob (Thai Chicken Curry Noodle Soup)
Rachel Holmes
  •  she/her
Director of Advocacy & Community Engagement
Favorite Food:Pasta
Sophia Lenarz-Coy
  •  she/her/hers
Executive Director
Favorite Food:Pizza
Tom Mercer
  •  he/him/his
Director of Operations
Favorite Food:Chili
David Peeples
  •  he/him/his
Director of Programs
Favorite Food:Brown Rice

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Keith Narr, Chair
Chief Data Officer

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

Kurt Johansen, Treasurer
Vice President and Chief Counsel
Ameriprise Financial

Bridget Hayden, Secretary
Dorsey & Whitney

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


Andrew Chelseth
University of Minnesota

Naima Dhore
Somali American Farmers Assoc.
Naima’s Farm

Lindsey Hunter
Hennepin County

Sarah Kinney
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

Steve Krikava
Retired; formerly Land O’Lakes

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

Hunger Solutions Board of Directors

Subsidiary of The Food Group

Heather Alden
Hunger Solutions Board Secretary

Kurt Johansen
Hunger Solutions Board Treasurer
The Food Group Board Treasurer

Carla Kohler
Hunger Solutions Board Member

Steve Krikava
Hunger Solutions Board Member
The Food Group Board Member

Mary Mitchell
Hunger Solutions Board Chair

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The Food Group

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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