Board of Directors

We rely upon a community of advisors to steer policy, plan for economic sustainability, and measure impact. Board members serve two-year terms; management teams dedicated to specific projects often help us identify future board members. Our newly developed Brain Trust will serve as a pool of intellectual capital from which we seek inspiration and guidance.

2014 Board of Directors

Jonah Dowling, President

Ann Thompson, Vice President
Local Attorney

Albert “Rusty” Gaudé, III, Treasurer
LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant

Avery Corenswet, Recording Secretary
Vice President, Clinical Community Outreach

Kia Silverman Brown

Maura Sylvester

2014 Community Advisory Team

Paul Arceneaux
Paul's Pesto

David Baker
Web & Associate Editor for the Louisiana Weekly

Robin Barnes
Executive Vice President for GNO Inc.

Margaret Saer Beer

Bruce Gallassero

Clara Gerica
Pete & Clara's Seafood

Kristina Gibson
Catholic Charities

Kendra LeSar
Health Promotion Specialist for the Louisiana Public Health Institute

Jim Mizell
Mizell Farms

Nancy Montoya
Senior Regional Community Development Manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Danielle Paciera, RD, CCN

Darlene Robért
Robért Fresh Market

Katie Rosenblum

Alon Shaya
Chef, Domenica

Leah Whann

2014 Brain Trust

John Abajian*

Ben Burkett

Mississippi Association of Cooperatives, Executive Director, and farmer, B&B Farms

Michael Kane

Tulane University's School of Continuing Studies, Business Studies Faculty

Sharon Litwin*

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Communications Director

Richard McCarthy*

Slow Food USA, Executive Director

Cathy Pierson

Roy Priest

Community Development Concepts, Inc.

Ted Quant

Loyola University New Orleans Twomey Center for Peace through Justice, Director

Poppy Tooker

author and host of Louisiana Eats!

* Crescent City Farmers Market Co-Founder