Jyotswaroop Bawa (Education Director, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund)
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Christina M. Ford, MD (Psychiatrist, private practice), Board Chair
Christina Ford, MD, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who incorporates traditional and integrative techniques to help her patients realize their fullest potential. She combines a background in general psychiatry and women’s mental health with a nuanced understanding of nutrition, herbs, mind-body techniques and the efficacy of lifestyle changes to provide a holistic approach to mental and emotional well-being. Dr. Ford is passionate about the power of dietary changes to reduce and prevent chronic disease and improve overall health and wellness. A native Angeleno, she previously worked at the non-profit Step Up On Second, providing mental health care to homeless individuals in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Joining Groceryships allows her to combine her passions for social justice, nutrition and self-empowerment.
Dr. Ford earned her BA in English from Barnard College/Columbia University and her MD from the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She completed both her Adult Psychiatry Residency and a Fellowship in Women’s Mental Health at Harvard Medical School (Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program/Brigham & Women’s Hospital).
Ana Guzman (Groceryships Graduate, Community Manager, Groceryships)
Ana Guzman is a graduate of Groceryships' second ever group, in 2015. Since her graduation, Ana has single-handedly forged new partnerships, recruited group members, launched and led several Groceryships Groups. In addition to her work with Groceryships, Ana has been an active leader in her children’s school community working for ten years as a volunteer at Normandie Elementary. Leadership roles included chairperson for the English Learners Advisory Committee, and chairperson for the School Site Council. Additionally, she has served as a translator, LAUSD district meetings representative, and parent board member for the Alliance Board of Directors.
Kurt Halvorson (Portfolio Manager, WAMCO), Board Vice Chair
Kurt Halvorson is a Portfolio Manager at Western Asset Management in Pasadena, CA. He has been with the company since 2010. Prior to joining Western, Mr. Halvorson worked as a Corporate Bond Trader at AEGON Investments, Conseco Capital Management, and Bank of America. He has a B.A. in Business from Covenant College and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst(CFA) designation. Mr. Halvorson is a former Board member of the Covenant College Foundation and has also served on the Investment Committee for the Endowment at his alma mater. He has three children: Karsten(9), Katelyn(7) and Maren(5). Kurt has a passion for helping people, especially around issues with food, which has been a lifelong struggle for him.
Annie Hudson-Price (Attorney, Public Counsel's Opportunity Under Law)
Annie Hudson-Price is a Staff Attorney in Public Counsel's Opportunity Under Law project. She works with low-income and marginalized communities, primarily in cases concerning education equity. She has appeared as counsel in multiple education class action suits, including ongoing litigation against the Compton Unified School District for failure to accommodate students who are impacted by exposure to trauma (Peter P. v. CUSD). Prior to joining Opportunity Under Law, Annie was an Equal Justice Works fellow with Public Counsel, assisting justice-involved individuals whose criminal and civil legal challenges stemmed from manifestations of trauma. She is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.
Trevor Kale (Vice President, Chrysalis Enterprises)
Trevor leads Chrysalis’ social enterprises, which collectively generate over 600 transitional jobs per year and nearly $8M in annual revenue. Trevor has over 15 years’ experience spanning both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Early in his career he delivered in-home interventions for at-risk youth and their families in his native state of Montana.
He then moved to Sydney, Australia in 2000 where he gained international business experience with mobile phone giants Vodafone and Virgin Mobile. Trevor moved back to the USA in 2005 and worked in operations for a high tech startup in Los Angeles before returning to non-profit work with Chrysalis in 2008.
Trevor was awarded a Marano Fellowship from the Aspen Institute and Public/Private Ventures in 2009, a Coro Executive Fellowship in 2011 and was named to American Express’ “50 under 40” Social Enterprise leaders in 2014.
Michael Meyer (Head of Sales & Trading, The Seaport Group)
Michael Meyer is the Head of Sales and Trading at The Seaport Group. Before Seaport, Michael was Head of Global Investment Grade Trading and Sales for Bank of America. Prior to BofA Michael managed the US Corporate Bond Trading Desk for UBS Securities. Before UBS, Michael held various senior level positions for Merrill Lynch and CSFB. Michael holds an A.B. from Duke University.
D.W. Moffett (Actor & Director)
D.W. Moffett never gave a thought to acting until after he graduated from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations. While he went to work at Chicago’s Continental Bank, he also enrolled in an acting class on a dare…and that was the end of his banking career. Moving along his new career path, Moffett became a founding member of Chicago’s Remains Theatre Ensemble, where he starred in, directed and/or produced over 40 productions. He first came to national attention starring in the World Premiere of Larry Kramer’s landmark AIDS drama, “The Normal Heart,” at The Public Theater in New York.
Since making the move to Hollywood, Moffett has divided his time between film and television. Favorite movie roles include appearances in Traffic, Thirteen, Stealing Beauty and Falling Down. Television credits include the landmark TV movie “An Early Frost,” as well as series regular roles on “Life is Wild,” “Hidden Palms,” “Skin,” “For Your Love,” “Chicago Sons,” “The Oldest Rookie,” “Friday Night Lights,” and most recently in the Peabody Award-winning “Switched at Birth.” Most recently, D.W. has moved into directing and developing material for television. He recently helmed episodes of Happily Divorced, Switched at Birth and Austin and Ally and sold a 1-hour drama to NBC.
Kip Pastor (Executive Vice President, INDIGENOUS MEDIA)
Kip is the EVP of Production at INDIGENOUS MEDIA, a next-gen studio founded by Jon Avnet (Black Swan, Risky Business, and Fried Green Tomatoes), Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment, Albert Nobbs, and Last Days in the Desert) focused on producing original video content for a variety of platforms. Prior to Indigenous, Kip was the Vice President of Production and Digital Development at THIS IS JUST A TEST. He’s also an award-winning filmmaker, who has directed, produced and written commercials, music videos, documentaries, and films that have played on television and worldwide, including the documentary In Organic We Trust. He’s produced content for Activision, Gillette, Ubisoft, Fox, THQ, Red Bull, and many others. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he worked at a major law firm in Washington, DC, the Wildlife Conservation Society in Vientiane, Laos, as an international trade consultant in Mexico City, and in Maryland doing development work for a History Channel show. Kip received his Masters in Fine Arts degree from the American Film Institute, and then became the Program Manager at Meaningful Media in Los Angeles.Committed to creating content that inspires change and increases understanding, he believes that filmmaking is the most effective medium to disseminate big ideas.
Sarah Penna (Head of Awestruck Network, AwesomenessTV)
Sarah Penna is the Head of Awestruck, a new network and lifestyle brand launching in summer 2015 from AwesomenessTV targeting millennial moms. In this role, Penna is responsible for identifying talent and new creators to sign to the Awestruck multi-channel network. Penna is also the Co-Founder of Big Frame, one of the top talent management firms in the digital space.
Recognizing the importance of talent, Penna helped to establish Big Frame as an industry leading media company and talent management firm with 300 talent signed, who have a combined 70+ million YouTube subscribers and have a total social media reach of 200+ million followers. Dubbed “CAA for the digital set,” Big Frame was acquired by AwesomenessTV in April 2014.
Penna's expertise in digital content creation and talent management has made her a sought- after speaker with engagements at VidCon, BlogHer Pro, ComicCon, CES, Digital Hollywood, Social Media Week and more.
When she is not scouting new talent and nurturing digital influencers, Penna spends time with the biggest stars in her life, ten-month-old son Jonah and husband Joe Penna a.k.a. MysteryGuitarMan.
Ben Polk (Justice Deputy at Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis)
Benjamin Polk is Staff Attorney and Skadden Fellow at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles where he provides transactional legal support to South Los Angeles community-based organizations and non-profits that are launching social enterprises in low-income communities. Mr. Polk is a recent graduate of Harvard Law School, where he earned his J.D. and served low-income Boston residents as a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he earned his M.P.P. and was elected President of the student government. Prior to graduate school, Mr. Polk was a Senior Associate Consultant at the management consulting company Bain & Co., where he provided research, analysis, and project management to clients in London, Johannesburg, and Los Angeles. Mr. Polk was raised in Glendale and La Cañada by his mother, a nurse practitioner and midwife, and his father, who owned a small public relations business.
Sam Polk (Groceryships Executive Director)
Sam Polk is Founder and Executive Director of Groceryships. He is a graduate of Columbia University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, which he earned during his eight years as a bond and derivative trader for Bank of America, and King Street Capital Management. After leaving Wall Street in 2010, Sam spent the next few years writing a book and doing volunteer work in Los Angeles through organizations like My Friend’s Place and Aviva, before founding Groceryships. He is on the Board of Directors for Honor Kids International, and is passionate about helping children.
Amanda Railla - Bio and Photo Coming Soon.
Joe Spiccia (Attorney, Grancell, Stander, Reubens, Thomas, Kinsey, APC)
Joe Spiccia is an associate litigation attorney at a statewide insurance defense law firm in El Segundo, CA. Joe became a member of the California Bar in 2008. Prior to his current position, Joe advocated for injured employees and represented workers suffering discrimination, harassment, and wrongful terminations at work. He was also a legal clerk and advocate at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office and the City of Cleveland Department of Law, Criminal Division. Joe earned his law degree at Case Western Reserve University, where he was the student director of a joint program between the school and Big Brothers, Big Sisters, providing mentorship to children within the community. He earned his B.A. in sociology and history at Ohio State University. Joe has a lifelong interest in the emotional and physical affects of food.
Jeff Taraday (Wellness Coach, Plus One Health Management, Inc.)
Jeff Taraday is a reformed junk food addict and barbecue junkie who discovered the healing and transformative power of a whole foods, plant-based diet in in 2010. Jeff is now a certified Nutritional Education Trainer through the Nutritional Education Institute, has completed a certification in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school. He is the author of the blog ThePlantEater.com and coaches individuals and families around the country to smoothly transition to plant-based diets and achieve optimal health. He received his BA in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.
Kirsten Thompson (Doctor of Psychiatry)
Kirsten Thompson is a Doctor of Psychiatry from UCLA. Prior to UCLA, Kirsten spent two years as a resident in General Surgery at USC. She is a graduate of Cornell University and SUNY Downstate, where she earned her M.D. She is interested in the psycho-social and emotional issues surrounding obesity.
Jim Williamson, (CEO, Sage Street Management)
Jim Williamson is the President of Sage Street Management, a services company he founded in 2003. Sage Street operates two business divisions, the largest of which is in Food Service. Their largest food services customer is the Los Angeles Job Corps in downtown Los Angeles serving up to 1000 healthy meals per day. The second business unit provides financial and management consulting services to corporate customers. Mr. Williamson is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who has twenty years of experience in operations and financial management. Mr. Williamson holds an undergraduate degree in Business/Economics from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is passionate about health and wellness and also serves as a Board Member of the Westside Family YMCA.