The Castanea Community

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

The Castanea Fellowship is nurtured by a larger community of support and partnership. This includes our powerhouse Steering Committee, as well as this phenomenal set of advisors. Advisors are a set of national partners with diverse expertise who serve as Community Advisors and on the Selection Committee. We also value our connection to alumni of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Community Fellowship. We are grateful to these incredible advisors and their guidance to the Castanea Fellowship.

selection committee

Our Selection Committee, drawn from diverse fields, are an inspiring group of leaders. They are thought leaders, connectors, and bridge builders. They have driven change in meaningful ways and have played key roles to further justice, equity, and health in our food system and beyond. We are honored to have such an esteemed Selection Committee to help us select the 2019 Fellows.

Fatima Angeles
Vice President of Programs California Wellness Foundation
Joe Brooks
Senior Fellow 
Justice Castañeda
Executive Director Common Wealth
Marco Chavarin
Vice President, Community Development at Citi
Dara Cooper
Organizing Director National Black Food and Justice Alliance
Julieta Garibay
Co-Founder United We Dream
Jess Garz
Senior Consultant
Haile Johnston
Co-Founder Common Market
Navina Khanna
Director HEAL Food Alliance
Kevin Killer
Co-Founder Native Youth Leadership Alliance
Dwayne Marsh
Vice President Race Forward
Brett Ramey
Climate Resilience Planner
Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
Kellie Terry
Program Officer Surdna Foundation
Malik Yakini
Executive Director Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

community advisors

Our Community Advisors infuse the Fellowship with on-the-ground perspectives and specialized expertise we utilize for curriculum development. They help us recruit, serve as concept-builders, provide guidance, and share their time to strengthen our work. We are filled with gratitude to have such a dynamic, growing, set of Community Advisors. Learn more about them below!

Dara Cooper Organizing Director, 
National Black Food and Justice Alliance

Alex Goldman
Program Associate
Woodcock Foundation

Oran Hesterman
Fair Food Network

Julian Mocine-McQueen
The Million Person Project

Simran Noor
NOOR Consulting

Hilde Steffey
Acting Director
Food and Farm Communications Fund

Josaphine Stevenson
Foundation Program Specialist

Mailee Walker
Executive Director
Claneil Foundation

Elizabeth Washburn
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation


Our Alumni will be connected to an extraordinary group of alumni from the W.K. Kellogg Food and Community Fellowship. Stay tuned as we share more about our Alumni corner or contact us to learn more.


Join the numerous foundations, nonprofit, and business leaders in this multi-sector collaborative committed to shaping an equitable future for food. Grants, gifts, and individual donations are welcome.
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