BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JESSICA LUNA - Chair
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.
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.
Kristen started casually shopping at farmers markets when she moved to DC in 2001 and has been a longtime proponent of organic food; but she and her husband really focused in earnest on eating local food after reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. She was thrilled when the Columbia Heights market opened in her neighborhood and is enjoying the opportunity to contribute to the local food movement by serving on the CFW board. Kristen studied health disparities as part of her public health master's program and was eager to join the CFW board because of the great work that these markets do to make healthy food available and affordable to all. Kristen spends her days with her 2 kids, works part time as an Evaluation Associate for Sharp Insight, and does some grant writing for nonprofits on the side. You can find her with her family at the market most Saturdays (and now Wednesdays too!)
MARY ROSE CONROY - Volunteer Coordinator
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 for nearly six years. Motivated by her desire to connect her policy work with food access and local food issues in her community, she began volunteering with the market in 2013 and took on the role of Volunteer Coordinator in 2014. Mary Rose recently completed a term of service as a Board Member with Manna Project International, an organization with which she previously worked as a Program Director for community-based health and nutrition projects in Nicaragua. She 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.
JASON FARR - Treasurer
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.
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.
JOSH LEVINE - Secretary
Josh has a strong passion for equitable access to excellent food, a drive he put to use as market manager for the Columbia Heights farmers market from 2011-2014, and now as a CFW Board Member. He proudly served for two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer after moving to DC in 2008, working primarily in health education and literacy issues in DC public schools. He currently has a fellowship with the Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff at FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Josh grew up exploring the beaches, rivers, and pine forests around Tallahassee, Florida, studied biochemistry at Florida State University, and recently completed his master's degree in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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.