Slow Food is a grassroots movement.
Our leadership structure starts at the roots, with chapter and community leaders. Each local entity has a board, volunteers and programming that fits with that particular community, all under the framework of good, clean and fair food for all. National working groups tie Slow Food advocates interested in specific topics together with focused goals and calls to action.
The National Office supports the health and growth of the Slow Food network and serves as a national anchor and organizer for the global Slow Food movement. This all-remote team cultivates nationwide programs and a network of local chapters, hosts educational events and advocacy campaigns, and builds solidarity through partnerships.
Director of Communications
Director of Network Engagement
Network Success Manager
Policy and Advocacy Coordinator
Director of Programs
Regional councilors (known as “Governors” until March 1, 2022) coordinate the Slow Food community at regional level, with the goal of growing and energizing the chapters, members and supporters in their state. Regional councilors also help coordinate regional and state activities. Some regional councilors may have specific programmatic or thematic representations on the regional and/or national level. If you’re interested in considering this role or if you have questions about Slow Food activities, please email email@example.com.
Illinois: Katie Johnson
Michigan: Kim Bayer
Missouri: Brian Pelletier
Ohio: Cynthia Walters
Wisconsin: Jennifer Casey
Massachusetts: Amy Henderson
New York: Laura Luciano (downstate) and Pierre Friedrichs (upstate)
Maine/New Hampshire: John Forti
Vermont: Beth Hager
Washington, DC + Maryland: Reana Kovalcik
Virginia: John Haddad
South Carolina: Beth Kunkel
Georgia: Peter Morich
Kentucky: Jim Embry
Florida: Richard Stepp
Texas: Kim Aman
Arizona: Molly Beverly
Colorado: Jodi Popma
Nevada: Shirley Sandoval
New Mexico: Lissa Johnson
California: Lisa Frank (Central Valley), Ian McFaul (Bay Area)
Hawaii: Laurie Carlson
Washington: Kim Abrams-Marshall
National governor support: Shelu Patel
International councilors represent Slow Food USA on Slow Food International’s council. The current councilors from the USA are Kathryn Lynch Underwood, Tiffany Nurrenbern, Jennifer Breckner, and Denisa Livingston (representing the Indigenous network Slow Food Turtle Island Association).
National Board of Directors
The National Board of Directors provides governance to the organization and proper fiduciary oversight; aligns mission and purpose that articulates the organization’s goals, means, and primary constituents served; participates in any planning processes for SFUSA and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan’s goals; determines which programs and campaigns are consistent with SFUSA’s mission and monitor their effectiveness and clearly articulates the organization’s mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner support from the community in order to enhance SFUSA’s public standing.