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.
Brett Rapkin-Citrenbaum (she/her) serves as the Farm Bill Community Organizer for Slow Food USA, which means she works with chapters across the country to help them organize for a more just Farm Bill. Brett has a deep passion for farm and food policy and has worked on a number of small, CSA farms, as well as an educator about agriculture and nutrition at Title I schools. Brett also works with the North Carolina Food System Advocacy Coalition to organize around federal food and farm policy, and at Benevolence Farm, a social enterprise in Graham, North Carolina that supports formerly incarcerated women. She also enjoys watching basketball and hiking.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois: Katie Johnson
Michigan: Kim Bayer
Missouri: Brian Pelletier
Ohio: Cynthia Walters
New York: Laura Luciano (downstate) and Pierre Friedrichs (upstate)
Maine/New Hampshire: John Forti
Massachusetts: Amy Henderson
Vermont: Francesca Arato
Washington, DC + Maryland: Reana Kovalcik
Virginia: John Haddad
Kentucky: Jim Embry
Florida: Richard Stepp
Texas: Kim Aman
Arizona: Molly Beverly
Colorado: Jodi Popma
Nevada: Shirley Sandoval
New Mexico: Lissa Johnson
California: Ian McFaul (Bay Area)
Hawaii: Laurie Carlson
Washington: Kim Abrams-Marshall
National councilor support: Shelu Patel
USA: Bilal Sarwari
Canada: Bobby Grégoire
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.