Executive Director, Sam Polk
Sam Polk is Founder and Executive Director of Groceryships and a recovering Pancake Addict. 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 speaks regularly at jails and juvenile detention centers about recovering from addiction, and is passionate about helping children.
Medical Director, Dr. Kirsten Thompson
Kirsten Thompson is a psychiatry resident at 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.
Secretary, Joe Spiccia
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 brings lifelong interest in the emotional and physical affects of the food to our organization.
Treasurer, Kurt Halvorson
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.