Erin Archuleta co-owns the award-winning restaurant group, ICHI Dozo and previously held the position of Director of Field Operations and Strategy for the literacy nonprofit 826 National. She is a member of the CUESA Development Committee; a co-founder of the Mission Bernal Merchants Association; a Trustee of the City of San Francisco, as a graduate of the Leadership San Francisco 2012 class; and a board member of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association. Her work with ICHI Sushi + NI Bar and ICHI Kakiya garnered San Francisco’s Small Business Week Award from Mayor Edwin M. Lee in 2014. ICHI Sushi + NI Bar has been named One of America’s Top Restaurants (Zagat, 2013) and the Hottest and Top Sushi Bars in the US (Eater, Thrillist, 2014, 2015). Erin is a native of Flint, Michigan, and is a recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from Western Michigan University’s Department of English.
Hans Baldauf is one of the founding principals of Baldauf Catton Von Eckartsberg Architects (BCV) in San Francisco, the firm responsible for the design of the Ferry Building Marketplace and Napa’s Oxbow Public Market. Hans is inspired by the tenets of the Slow Food Movement, leading to his involvement in Slow Food Nation ’08, where BCV coordinated the participation of over 20 design firms to help build this first-ever American collaborative gathering to unite the growing sustainable food movement. He received his BA in History at Yale and a Masters in Architecture. Currently, Hans serves on the Board of the Friends of the Bancroft Library at the University of California and as the Chairman of the Board of the Maybeck Foundation, a non-profit organization which is working with the City of San Francisco to restore Maybeck’s Palace of Fine Arts.
Jonathan Bass is a partner in the San Francisco law firm of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP, where he has practiced law for more than 30 years. He received his BA from Yale University and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He also serves as president of the board of directors of Civic Assets, a local nonprofit that provides transition assistance for veterans of the armed forces.
John Carlon, Treasurer
John Carlon obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Horticulture from C.S.U. Chico and a Masters of Science in International Agricultural Development from C.S.U. San Luis Obispo. Mr. Carlon managed large-scale farming operations in the Middle East for five years before returning to the states and starting Sierra Cascade Blueberry Farm. Planted in 1988, Sierra Cascade Blueberry Farm is one of the oldest blueberry operations in California and has been certified organic for 20 years. In 1998, John and another farmer co-founded River Partners, an environmental nonprofit that has planted over a million native trees, and restored over 6,200 acres of public land. Mr. Carlon is the chair of the California Riparian Habitat Joint Venture, serves on the Board of the Central Valley Joint Venture, and in 2007 was the recipient of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.
Cathy Curtis, President
Cathy Curtis is the principal of Curtis Financial Planning, an Oakland-based, independent, fee-only financial planning and investment advisory firm. Since 2000, she has provided specialized financial advisory services to women, their families and their businesses. Previously, Cathy spent 20 years as a sales and marketing executive for Fortune 500 and private food companies. She received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley; she also completed her financial planning studies at UC Berkeley, leading to her certification as a Certified Financial Planner™. She serves as program director for the Bay Gourmet Forum of the Commonwealth Club of California, is on the Advisory Council for the Community Alliance for Family Farmers (CAFF), and previously served on the Advisory Council for BACS Meals for Change and BALT.
Sonya Dreizler Schinske
Sonya Dreizler Schinske is the CEO & President of Protected Investors of America (PIA), a West Coast based Independent Broker Dealer and SEC Registered Investment Adviser. Sonya oversees the strategic direction of PIA and coordinates business development, recruiting, and hiring. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and holds several FINRA licenses. Sonya coordinates an ESG Speaker Series and is a member of First Affirmative Financial Network, Ellevate Network, and the Bay Area Social Investment Forum. She sits on the business development committee of CUESA and volunteers with Friends of the Urban Forest and JVS. Sonya earned a BA from UCLA in English Literature and speaks fluent Spanish and some Portugese. Born and raised in Sacramento, Sonya now lives in San Francisco with her family and is a frequent Tuesday farmers market shopper.
Jessica Goldman Foung
Jessica Goldman Foung graduated from Stanford University with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. She has worked as a Development Manager for two local nonprofits and has written for numerous regional and national magazines. She blogs regularly at www.sodiumgirl.com and released her debut cookbook, Sodium Girl’s Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook.
Markus Hartmann, Vice President
Markus Hartmann is a district manager for Bon Appétit Management Company. He joined Bon Appétit more than 12 years ago and is responsible for food service operations at key accounts including AT&T Park, Public House and eBay. A classically-trained chef, Markus is a firm believer and supporter of the Bon Appétit philosophy: Food Service for a Sustainable Future. He grew up in a large farming community in Germany where fresh produce and livestock were part of his daily life. After graduating from restaurant management school in Germany he relocated to the U.S. to continue his passionate involvement in the food service and hospitality industry. Through his work with farmers, producers, chefs and consumers, Markus is an advocate for locally-based, sustainable food communities.
Lee Koffler is a financial services executive in San Francisco. He has been a leader at Orbis Investment Management and McKinsey and Company. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his MBA degree from Harvard Business School. Previously, he worked for two nonprofits as part of fellowships: the International Rescue Committee and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Martha Kropf has been involved in the San Francisco education/science community for 30 years. She served as trustee and Chairman of the Board for both Katherine Delmar Burke School and The Urban School. She was the first Chair of the Board of Directors of Aim High, a tuition-free summer school program for at-risk middle school students. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Academy of Sciences for 16 years (1993–2009). Currently, she is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Music Concourse Community Partnership and a member of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Board of Trustees. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Nursing and worked in intensive care units and as a nursing instructor. She lives in San Francisco and has three grown children.
In 1997, Joe Schirmer began working for Dirty Girl Produce, and two years later he took the helm from the original “dirty girls” who started the farm in 1995. Joe graduated from the UC Santa Cruz Farm and Garden apprenticeship program with a certificate in ecological horticulture. Inspired by the French Intensive gardening method, he has adapted tractor farming to incorporate its principles. Dirty Girl Produce has been CCOF Certified Organic since 1995. Joe also serves on the Board of Directors for the Santa Cruz Farmers Market.
Shakirah Simley is the Community Programs Manager and Canner-in-Residence for the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses in San Francisco. At Bi-Rite, she wears a number of hats including: developing preserves for its PUBLIC Label line, cooking instructor at 18 Reasons, and manager in charge of giving and community outreach, with a penchant for programs that support youth empowerment and food justice. Shakirah has a decade of experience working on food access and recreational equity policy issues, as well with national youth organizing campaigns. Shakirah received her Master’s degree at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy via a Fulbright scholarship. Shakirah got her start in the Bay Area food scene through her small-artisanal jam business, Slow Jams run out of La Cocina. Shakirah is one of Zagat’s “30 under 30: SF Bay Area Up and Comers” and is a certified Master Food Preserver though the UC San Mateo/San Francisco County Extension.
Steve Sullivan, Secretary
Steve Sullivan is owner and co-founder of Acme Bread Company. Steve enrolled at UC Berkeley in 1975, intending to major in Rhetoric, while also working as a busboy at Chez Panisse. In 1979, when Chez Panisse’s then-supplier could not keep up with its demands, Sullivan became the restaurant’s in-house breadmaker. In 1983, he left to open Acme.
Chef Staffan Terje grew up on his grandfather’s farm in Sweden. After graduating from the Hotel and Restaurant School in Stockholm, he gained significant experience working in top restaurants around the world. Staffan is now the co-owner of Perbacco and Barbacco Eno Trattoria.
Minh Tsai is the founder of Hodo Soy Beanery, an artisanal tofu producer in the Bay Area. Hodo’s products can be found on menus of notable restaurants such as Slanted Door, Greens, and Coi, as well as in commissaries of Silicon Valley companies. Since launching the retail product line in 2011, Hodo’s tofu and salads have reached locations in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. Prior to founding the company, Minh worked in financial services, with Charles Schwab, Arthur D. Little, and JP Morgan. Born in Vietnam of Chinese heritage, Minh migrated to the US in 1981 and grew up in San Francisco. He attended Columbia University where he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees.
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