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 grantwriting, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina Spach, Program Manager
Christina received a B.A. in Anthropology and Minor in Spanish, and prior to CFJC was a community organizer for eight years. As a Rural Community Development Officer with the United States Peace Corps-Belize in a small Maya village, she taught youth and computer literacy as well as marketing to a local women’s craft group. Christina also helped establish a community resource center and a local community organization focused on environmental justice and education. Both are strong organizations today. Upon returning to the states, Christina became ACORN’s National Trainer for Community Organizing and was the Education Organizer for San Francisco Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment before joining the food justice movement. Christina has organized around the country on issues that most concern our working-class communities such as neighborhood safety, immigration reform, financial justice, quality education, and community health and sustainability. Supporting a bottom-up, community empowerment approach to making sustainable change, Christina has experience developing local leadership, mobilizing communities, and working on local and state-wide campaigns. As Program Manager, Christina brings her passion for rebuilding a food system that works for all people. Email: email@example.com
Holly Calhoun, Program Coordinator for Healthy Farms Healthy People Coalition (HFHP)
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.
Courtney Hendrix, Communications Specialist
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 and political conditions that support an equitable and just food system. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering on a local farm, roller skating, and making all natural body care products.
Jessy Gill, Policy Specialist
Jessy received her B.A. in Anthropology-Environmental Studies with a minor in African Studies from St. Lawrence University. During her time at St. Lawrence, Jessy studied in Kenya, where she worked with the International NGO PISP (Pastoralist Integrated Support Programme) in the Marsibit region. This work spurred her interest in food and water as a basic human right. Her passion for food equity led her to work on food issues in the States. Jessy lived and worked on a farm in Vermont where she practced sustainable agriculture and learned about local food systems. Jessy currently works on policy and relationship building at CFJC. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Loomis, Communications Intern
Chris is a senior undergraduate at San Francisco State University. His major is Health Education with an emphasis in holistic health. Chris served as an outreach intern for the holistic health internship at SFSU. Through his Health Education classes at San Francisco State, Chris learned about the connections between economic status, food, and well-being. This influenced Chris to become involved with the CFJC. In his free time, Chris enjoys hiking, meditating, and learning about edible and medicinal plants.
Neha Bazaj, Evaluation Intern
Sarah Schmitt, Administrative and Climate Change Intern
Sarah graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Biology. She participated in research of Palmyra Atoll and studied the effect that ocean acidification, due to climate change, has on the resiliency of coral reefs. Sarah also spent several months living on an Aquaponics farm in Soquel, California where she learned how to design and maintain closed-loop agriculture systems that utilize aquaculture and hydroponic growing methods to minimize both inputs and waste. Through these experiences, she developed a passion for addressing the issues relating climate, food equity and public health. Sarah is devoted to encouraging an environmentally sustainable food system to promote a healthier planet and healthier communities.
Past CFJC Interns – 2011 – 2013