Our Staff and Interns

Y. Armando Nieto, Executive Director
Armando is a seasoned executive and development professional, with experience in management and organizational development, membership development, annual giving, foundation prospecting and grant writing, and special events. Successful capital campaigns include the Environmental Defense Center Cordero Adobe Campaign and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center. He has been Associate Producer of the Kenny Loggins Christmas Unity Telethon since 1999, and prior to joining the CFJC, Armando served as C.E.O. of Redefining Progress, Managing Director with the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, and Executive Director at Eagle Eye Institute in Somerville, Massachusetts, Earth Share of California and the Environmental Defense Center. In 2005 Armando set up the Communications and Community Engagement Department at the Coalition for Clean Air and since 2005 he has served as organizing member of Summit 2007: Diverse Partners for Environmental Progress, and facilitator and report co-author for the related Western Regional Roundtable in Oakland and Southwest Regional Roundtable in Albuquerque, NM. Professional affiliations include Hispanics in Philanthropy, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, North American Association for Environmental Education, and Golden State Environmental Education Consortium. He is president of the Tulare County Community Water Center and has served on the Advisory Boards of Just Communities, the PG&E ClimateSmart External Advisory Group, and the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy. Email: yanieto@cafoodjustice.org
Courtney Gonzales, Program Manager 
Courtney earned a BS in Health Education, with an emphasis in Community-Based Public Health, from San Francisco State University. She provided nutrition education as a PEACH (Peer Educator Advocating Campus Health) and was nominated and chosen for the Community Service Learning Student Award for her commitment to food security, social justice, and health equity. Courtney is passionate about cultivating social, economic, and political conditions that support an equitable and just food system. In her free time, she enjoys making jewelry, roller skating, and making all natural body care products. Email: cgonzales@cafoodjustice.org


Holly Calhoun, Program Coordinator for Healthy Farms Healthy People Coalition (HFHP) Holly
Holly graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in Comparative Religion. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in local agriculture and public health. Holly began working for the nonprofit Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) as a seller for local farmers at certified farmers’ markets. For the past five years she served as Program Coordinator of the Bring the Farmer to Your School Program and Market Manager of the Echo Park Farmers’ Market. In 2010, SEE-LA joined the Roots of Change California Farmers’ Market Consortium to design and implement a Healthy Incentive Program at five of its certified farmers’ markets. Holly took on the leadership role of SEE-LA’s “Market Match” program, and worked to increase the use of SNAP/EBT at farmers’ markets throughout Los Angeles County. Holly’s passion and experience lies at the intersection of agriculture and public health. She is highly motivated and personally committed to improving the food system and the health of the nation, and is eager to serve the coalition in pursuit of these goals. In her spare time, Holly loves to garden, ride her bicycle, and take hikes to enjoy the natural beauty of California.
Chris Jadallah
unnamedChris is pursuing a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies at UC Berkeley with an emphasis in sustainable food systems. He is passionate about agroecology, food security, and food policy, topics that he hopes to grapple with in future endeavors after graduation. In his free time, Chris enjoys visiting different Bay Area neighborhoods, trying new types of food, and exploring the great outdoors.  Email: cjadallah@cafoodjustice.org 
Grania Power
unnamedGrania is a senior Environmental Studies major at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Before college, she worked for several months on sustainable family farms at home in Maine, and abroad in Southern France. This work sparked her passion for food justice, and inspired her to co-lead the Food Justice Society at Mount Holyoke. After college, Grania hopes to pursue law school and work in environmental human rights. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, creative writing, and foraging wild foods. Email: gpower@cafoodjustice.org
Anna Juchau
10259066_10203651224624266_3883089335980422078_nAnna graduated in 2014 from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a B.A. in International  Development Studies, focussing on Environment and Agricultural Resources. Over the past year she  has been working on community development projects and gardening education in Victoria, British    Columbia. The move to California was the next step in the pursuit of her passions for food systems,  policy and justice. She looks forward to learning and growing her career in the beautiful Bay  Area. In her free time, Anna enjoys outdoor adventuring, reading and gardening.  Email: ajuchau@cafoodjustice.org 
Cassandra Ceballos
1926747_10203583965791776_942360128917669488_n Cassandra is pursuing a B.A in Economics at the University of Richmond with a minor in Sociology.  Cassandra, born and raised in the Virgin Islands, was influenced early on by the beauty of her island  home and first decided on an environmentalist path when she was in the sixth grade. As she grew  older, Cassandra developed a deep commitment to social justice and she saw this merge with  environmentalism in the form of food justice. She now hopes to pursue a career in food activism,  focused on working with marginalized people to improve their access to healthy food. In her spare  time, Cassandra enjoys jamming out to reggae, volunteering, drinking coffee, and reading.  Email: cceballos@cafoodjustice.org 
Ashlee Wakefield
imageMy name is Ashlee, I’m from Berkeley. I’m finishing up my last course at San Francisco State University through this internship at CJFC. In August I will be receiving a B.S in Health Education with an emphasis in Holistic Health. An extension of my knowledge of health was my exchange program in Melbourne Australia, where I was provided an in depth yet broader outlook on how the environment, culture, and the media play such a large role in our lack of awareness of food justice and our health in general. I am passionate about food, healing holistically, traveling, communication through art and getting to know others. Traveling other countries has impacted my views of food consumption and social inequalities in relation to health.
Connie Tu
Amy Johnson
Luis Ochoa-Lopez
Evelyn Hartman
Jennifer Wiley
Alene Travalini
Anase Kira Lou
Aquetea Goodman
Catherine Paulson
Cate Flanagan
Whitney Ball
Sabrina Peterson
Adrienne Pollack
Kara Young
Melissa Thayer
Naomi Reimer
Ashley McKenna
Elizabeth Carlton
Sarah Oh
Ruby Tumber
Molly Lawrence
Ceressa Allen
LaShonda Deckard
Anita Wong
Victoria Endsley
Porus Mistry
Rebecca Eiseman
Amy Radding
Adrian Gonzalez
Shanna Atherton
Alyson Murphy
Aleisha Baldé
Nicole Willman
Marina Moro
Karen Siverson
Sarah Schmitt
Naiana Brum