Leadership

Our team has deep experience working at the forefront of sustainable agriculture and food systems.

President & Chief Executive Officer

With more than 35 years of experience as a scientist, farmer, philanthropist, businessman, educator, and passionate advocate, Oran B. Hesterman is a national leader in sustainable agriculture and food systems and is a respected partner for policymakers, philanthropic leaders, and advocates nationwide.

He currently serves as president and CEO of Fair Food Network, a national nonprofit pioneering multi-win solutions that increase access to healthy food in our most underserved communities, support farmers, and stimulate economic activity. In just five years, Fair Food Network’s signature program, Double Up Food Bucks, has become a national model for healthy food incentives.

Chief Operating Officer
 
In her role as Fair Food Network’s Chief Operating Officer, Kate is responsible for the organization’s overall operations and financial management.
Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
 
Erin forges and maintains relationships with Michigan partners to ensure Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program reaches people in their communities. She also launched and manages the Double Up Volunteer Network in Michigan, which engages community members in spreading the word about the program. 
 
Grants Manager
 
Liza oversees grants from proposal development to final reporting. She brings experience from education, nutrition, culinary arts, and academic/nonprofit office management. 
 
Senior Program Manager
 
Jean supports the Michigan Good Food Fund, a $30 million loan and grant fund created to finance healthy food enterprises that benefit underserved communities throughout Michigan. In this role, she works on business assistance and community outreach efforts with the ultimate goal of preparing enterprises for financing. 
 
Executive Assistant
 
Amanda Clark joined Fair Food Network in 2016 and manages scheduling, logistics, and research needs for the President and CEO. 
 
Prior to joining Fair Food Network, Amanda worked as a project manager at SparkFun Electronics. She also has a background in graphic design.
 
Program Manager | Double Up Food Bucks
Brian manages Double Up Food Bucks programming at farmers markets and grocery stores in St. Louis and other parts of Missouri.
 
This healthy food incentive program increases low-income shoppers’ purchasing power for fruits and vegetables while supporting local growers. The Double Up model was developed by Fair Food Network in 2009 and launched statewide in Michigan the following year. In 2016, 19 states will have active Double Up programs.
Communications Director
 
Emilie is fueled by big ideas, good causes, and the power of storytelling.
 
As Communications Director, Emilie is responsible for driving Fair Food Network's brand strategy, storytelling, media engagement, and communications across channels. Working in close collaboration with the President and program teams, she develops strategic opportunities to communicate the breadth and depth of Fair Food Network efforts to tranform how audiences experience and understand our work and its impact.
Program Director | Double Up Food Bucks
 
Noah works with groups across the country to plan and implement healthy food incentive programs based on Fair Food Network's Double Up Food Bucks model.
Program Director | Fair Food Fund

Alex Linkow leads the Fair Food Fund, an innovative Fair Food Network program that provides financing and business assistance to good food enterprises that connect small and mid-size farms with consumers hungry for local, sustainably grown food.

Program Manager | Fair Food Fund
 
Joel Moyer supports the Fair Food Fund, an innovative Fair Food Network program that provides financing and business assistance to good food enterprises that connect small and mid-size farms with consumers hungry for local, sustainably grown food.
 
Communications Associate
Kari Paine brings a passion for beautiful design, compelling content, and vibrant local food systems. In her role as Communications Associate, she manages Fair Food Network’s digital channels and deploys sophisticated, in-house graphic design across Fair Food Network communications.
 
Operations Manager
 
Madeline is responsible for day-to-day operations across Fair Food Network offices including facilities, human resources, finance, and information technology in support of an efficient workplace and strong workplace culture.
Program Director | Double Up Food Bucks
 
Elissa Trumbull directs Double Up Food Bucks statewide program in Michigan. This innovative healthy food incentive program provides Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program beneficiaries with a one-to-one match to bring home more fruits and vegetables.
 
Elissa is responsible for overseeing the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant from the USDA, which is allowing Fair Food Network to expand Double Up to more farmers markets, help markets adopt mobile technology systems and be open year-round, and increase program use in grocery and small food stores across Michigan.
Director of Retail Grocery Initiatives

Charles manages the growing portfolio of grocery stores that participate in Michigan’s statewide healthy food incentive program, Double Up Food Bucks, which helps low-income consumers bring home more healthy food while supporting Michigan farmers. Participating stores range from small independents to national retail chains. He also provides business assistance to retail enterprises through the Michigan Good Food Fund.