Board of Directors
Jessica’s passion is increasing access and affordability for good food to everyone. She has been a part of CFW’s effort to make this a reality in the Columbia Heights community, starting as a volunteer in 2011, a board member in 2012, and now as president of the board of directors. She is currently a Program Analyst at USDA. Previously she was a Research Associate at the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center. She has prior experience developing SNAP outreach and policy in DC and California. Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Harvard University.
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Mary Rose spends her weekdays focusing on SNAP eligibility policy and participant access as a Branch Chief in SNAP at USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, where she has worked since 2010. Motivated by her desire to connect her policy work with local food access issues in her community, she began volunteering with the market in 2013 and took on the role of Volunteer Coordinator in 2014. After serving in that role for three seasons, Mary Rose is excited to join the Board and work with CFW in a more strategic capacity. She is a former Board Member of Manna Project International, an organization with which she also previously worked as a Program Director for community-based health and nutrition projects in Nicaragua. Mary Rose received her Master of Public Policy Degree from American University and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College, where she was a double major in Political Science and Public & Community Service Studies.
John Reich is currently a Scientific Program Director at the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR). John strongly believes that advancements in agriculture will be key to maintaining our quality of life, and that the right investments at opportune moments will provide us with the necessary tools to overcome future challenges in agriculture.Prior to his appointment at FFAR, John supported programs regarding food safety and nutrition at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, where he also helped build relationships between federal agencies regarding climate change, food security, and agriculture. In the past, John has been an active member in his community, working with multiple groups, including non-profits and city governments, to advance food security and sustainable agriculture efforts. Trained as a biomedical scientist, John’s background will be broadly applied to CFW issues.
Jeff is passionate about creating equitable, inclusive markets to help address some of our most pressing environmental, social, and economic challenges. He has worked as a farmer, cleantech entrepreneur, and management consultant, with broad experience building organizations in both the private and non-profit sectors. He currently works on initiatives designed to expand clean energy access for off-grid communities in low-income countries around the world. Jeff got involved with Community Foodworks as a volunteer at the Columbia Heights Farmers Market in 2012, eventually serving as interim and then full-time executive director of the organization. A DC native with family roots in the farming communities of Frederick County, MD, Jeff is a graduate of James Madison University and the London School of Economics.
José feels at home at farmers' markets. He grew up in Planada, California, about two hours southeast of San Francisco, where he worked for a farmer in his home town to sell produce at Bay Area farmers' markets from the age of 15 to 22. José studied Biology at the University of California, Berkeley; he left the Bay Area after college to become a Health-sector Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic where his passion for health education, nutrition and healthy food blossomed. José moved to DC in 2011 and currently works for Keany Produce, a locally-owned and operated wholesale produce company. José will provide logistical expertise and is very happy to become party of the for Community Foodworks team.
Jason’s began his work with the Columbia Heights market in 2013 as a volunteer. Relishing his experience administering the Bonus Bucks program, Jason was eager to increase his involvement and joined the board of directors in 2014. He believes that Community Foodworks presents a unique opportunity to strengthen the community in many ways, including increasing the community’s ability to access healthy food, supporting local farmers, and bringing a diverse group of people together on a Saturday morning to enjoy a vibrant marketplace.
The succulence of a perfect summertime tomato, the satisfying crunch of a handful of crisp spinach! There are few things in life that make Shannon happier than fresh fruits and veggies, and she thinks everyone deserves access to locally-grown ones. As a global public health major at UNC Chapel Hill, she studied the systemic obstacles to healthy living that so many communities encounter. To break that barrier on campus, Shannon worked with a local organization to bring a healthy and affordable meal to campus every week and helped establish the first CSA available to students. After college, she worked at a children’s home and school in rural Nepal, where she fell in love with the people, the culture and the food that was grown within a few feet of her doorstep. Shannon now works as a commercial real estate broker at CBRE in DC and is excited to collaborate with the talented Community Foodworks team in her hometown.
For almost a decade Jocelyn has helped environmental health non-profits meet their fundraising goals, expand their community reach and establish brand guidelines. Before coming to EWG, Jocelyn focused on assisting environmental justice communities with public health solutions through her work with the bucket bridge communities. As EWG’s Senior Vice President of Development and Consumer Engagement, Jocelyn manages all development efforts – including foundation management, organizing keystone events for the organization and directing EWG’s growing online, social and major gift programs. She graduated from Allegheny College with a dual degree in political science and communication arts.
james Huang is a family medicine physician at Unity Health Care. He coordinates weekly group visits for overweight children and their families focused on learning about nutrition and physical activity. The group incorporates the Fruits and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx) program, where families learn about the importance of and have access to heathy local produce. James is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed his training in the Family and Social Medicine Program at Montefiore Hospital, where he fully embraced the mission of promoting health and social justice in the Bronx and beyond. As someone who understands the impact of having access to local fresh produce on one's health, he is dedicated to promoting healthier communities through access and education for all in DC.