WHO WE ARE

The Center for Good Food Purchasing uses the power of procurement to create a transparent and equitable food system that prioritizes the health and well-being of people, animals, and the environment. We do this through the nationally-networked adoption and implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program by major institutions.

The Center manages the Good Food Purchasing Program, working with institutions to establish supply chain transparency from farm to fork and shift towards a values-based purchasing model.

LEARN ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Center works with national partners and local grassroots coalitions in cities across the United States to build a cohesive movement in support of Good Food purchasing.

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“Governments have few sources of leverage over increasingly globalized food systems – but public procurement is one of them. When sourcing food for schools, hospitals and public administrations, governments have a rare opportunity to support more nutritious diets and more sustainable food systems in one fell swoop.”
Olivier De Schutter, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food (2014)

HOW WE WORK

A just and more regenerative food system is possible when we face the same direction together. The Good Food Purchasing Program unites stakeholders from across the food system  around shared values and strategy. Together, we:

INCREASE COORDINATION

and alignment in the food movement through comprehensive, metric-driven standards that reflect a shared vision and collective values.

ENHANCE CAPACITY

of local grassroots coalitions and support for local procurement policy efforts to ensure that public food contracts reflect community values.

ACTIVATE POLICY

to institutionalize buyers’ commitments to Good Food and supply chain transparency.

EMPOWER GOVERNMENTS

by sharing tools to make informed procurement decisions, set procurement targets, and measure impact.

LEVERAGE BUYING POWER

and increased supply chain knowledge to drive change in the food industry towards suppliers that support our values.

OUR TEAM

STAFF & BOARD

TIFFANY CHEUNG
TIFFANY CHEUNGDirector of Operations
Staff

As Director of Operations, TIFFANY CHEUNG is responsible for optimizing the Center’s internal infrastructure and technologies to support sustainable expansion of the Good Food Purchasing Program.

Tiffany has over a decade of combined experience in Project Management and Finance. Directly before joining the Center, she was Director of Finance Optimization at Sony Pictures, where she oversaw the company’s portfolio of Finance and Procurement projects. She also led global projects focused on increasing operational efficiencies and streamlining processes, managing teams on the ground in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Tiffany is passionate about building an equitable and humane food system and promoting healthy and vibrant individuals, communities, and ecosystems. She is currently a peer counselor at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., providing support to people impacted by domestic violence. Tiffany has a B.A. in Business Economics and Minors in Accounting and Scandinavian Studies from UCLA.

PAULA DANIELS
PAULA DANIELSCo-Founder, Chief of What's Next
Governance Board Chair

PAULA DANIELS is Co-Founder, Chief of What’s Next, and Chair of the Board of the Center for Good Food Purchasing, founded in July of 2015 as a national spin off from the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, which Paula founded in 2011. The Center for Good Food Purchasing uses the power of procurement to create a transparent and equitable food system that prioritizes the health and well-being of people, animals, and the environment, through the nationally-networked adoption and implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program by major institutions.

Paula is an experienced private sector attorney who transitioned to public policy and served in several senior level positions as a government official, including: Senior Advisor, Mayor Villaraigosa of Los Angeles; Commissioner, Los Angeles Department of Public Works; Commissioner, California Water Commission; Board, California Bay-Delta Authority; Commissioner, California Coastal Commission.

Her leadership in food and water policy has received recognition through numerous academic appointments and other awards. Some recent examples: 2018, Ashoka Fellowship; September 2016, Resident Fellow of the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation; 2015, Pritzker Environment and Sustainability Education Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; 2013, Lee Chair in Real Estate Law and Urban Planning at the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley; 2012-2013, Stanton Fellowship (awarded by the Durfee Foundation). She has been adjunct faculty at UCLA since 2010 and has also had academic appointments at USC and Vermont Law School.

ALEXA DELWICHE
ALEXA DELWICHECo-Founder, Executive Director
Staff
ALEXA DELWICHE is the executive director of the Center for Good Food Purchasing. She previously served as Managing Director of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council from 2011 – 2015. At the LA Food Policy Council, she spearheaded the development, launch and implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Policy. From 2009 – 2010, Alexa was the Food Policy Coordinator for the Los Angeles Food Policy Task Force, working with the Task Force to produce and present to the Mayor of Los Angeles the “Good Food for All” Agenda. Previously, Alexa worked for the United Farm Workers and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Alexa has a Master’s of Public Policy from UCLA.
LAURA EDWARDS-ORR
LAURA EDWARDS-ORRDirector of Institutional Impact
Staff
With great excitement, LAURA EDWARDS-ORR joined the Center for Good Food Purchasing as the Director of Institutional Impact in 2020 to help build the capacity of institutions to act as leaders in the good food movement. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Red Tomato—a Massachusetts-based food hub, focused on connecting a network of produce growers to diverse wholesale market outlets across Northeast. At Red Tomato, Laura was instrumental in developing rapid turn-around produce supply chains, achieving $5 million in gross sales, and building the organization’s capacity to serve the institutional market. In recognition for her leadership in the sector, Laura was named one of Fruit and Vegetable Growers 40 Under 40 in 2018. Prior to her eleven-year tenure at Red Tomato, Laura worked at Farm Aid where she ran their farm crisis hotline, managed a national grant program, and developed a web-based platform to reach farmers well ahead of a financial crisis and support their transition to market-responsive, good food production. Laura also serves as the Vice Chair of the National Farm to School Network advisory board and as a member of Farm to Institution New England’s network advisory council. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Italian and Art History from Bard College and lives outside of Providence, Rhode Island with her husband, two children, dog, two cats, and a pony named Schmidt.
SARA ELAZAN
SARA ELAZANAssessment & Analytics Manager
Staff
SARA ELAZAN is the Assessment and Analytics Manager for the Center for Good Food Purchasing, responsible for overseeing analytics strategy and operations for the Good Food Purchasing Program. Previously, Sara implemented value-based purchasing programs in the healthcare sector for over six years. In that capacity, she provided technical assistance and presented data-driven opportunities to help partners meaningfully improve healthcare quality, and directly prior to joining the Center oversaw analytics strategy and operations for value-based purchasing programs. Sara is passionate about improving health and wellbeing through food system improvements. She has a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.
LAM LE
LAM LESenior Analyst
Staff

LAM LE is an Analyst at the Center for Good Food Purchasing. Her work involves collecting and analyzing data, working with local partners and assisting institutions in meeting and complying with the Good Food Purchasing Standards, and supporting the Center’s current and future initiatives. Previously, Lam worked with the Green Team at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley to support and implement green-building projects. She was also part of the Zero Waste Team at Haas, where she focused on outreach and the education of zero-waste practices. Lam is a member and volunteer at the Berkeley Student Food Collective. She holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

COLLEEN McKINNEY
COLLEEN McKINNEYDirector of Engagement
Staff

COLLEEN MCKINNEY is the Director of Engagement for the Center for Good Food Purchasing, where her focus is on the successful expansion and implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program. She enhances program processes and infrastructure, facilitates individual and group technical assistance, oversees supply chain monitoring and verification, and contributes to strategic direction of the Center, including expansion, coordination with Governing Board and national campaign committee, resource development, branding and website development, and administration. Previously, she contributed to the Good Food Purchasing Program as a Policy & Program Associate at the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Southern California.

ZAINAB PIXLER
ZAINAB PIXLERAnalyst
Staff

ZAINAB PIXLER joined the Center for Good Food Purchasing in 2020 as an Analyst. She conducts in-depth supply chain research and produces aggregate analysis and reports to inform institutions on strategies to shift sourcing and increase Program scoring and performance. Prior to joining the Center, Zainab managed the Retail Donation Program at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. In this role, she worked with grocery retail partners to reduce food waste and to provide nutritious food to those experiencing hunger. Zainab has dedicated her career to ensuring everyone has access to nutritious and delicious food, and she brings that same passion to the Center. Zainab holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Supply Chain Management with a Minor in Food Studies from Syracuse University.

SUE WOODARD
SUE WOODARDExecutive Assistant
Staff

SUE WOODARD is the Executive Assistant for the Center for Good Food Purchasing, supporting the expansion and strengthening of the Center’s initiatives. She previously served as Caseworker and Co-Chair of Volunteers for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, where her primary focus was on effective distribution of the organization’s micro-lending program for service members across California’s Central Valley. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Art History from Suffolk University.

TINA CASTRO
TINA CASTROCo-Founder and Managing Partner, Avivar Capital
Governance Board Member

TINA CASTRO is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Avivar Capital, bringing over 15 years of experience in the fields of finance and investment management. Tina co-leads the firm’s overall business activities and serves as an impact investment advisor to Avivar’s clients providing guidance on the development and execution of impact investing portfolios and funds.

Prior to founding Avivar, Tina spent more than five years as the Director of Impact Investing for The California Endowment (TCE) and prior to that, six years in the Investment Management Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. At TCE, a health-focused private foundation with over $3 billion in assets, Tina developed financing vehicles and strategies that delivered solid financial returns, leveraged significant additional investment capital and supported TCE’s Building Healthy Communities goals. This included the California FreshWorks Fund, a $272 million public-private partnership loan fund to finance supermarkets and other forms of healthy food retail in underserved communities throughout the state as well as TCE’s $101 million Program-Related Investment portfolio focused on healthy food retail, community health centers, affordable housing and community lending.

Tina has designed and built impact investing portfolios and funds on behalf of clients ranging from large national and regional private foundations to local community foundations including authoring Impact Investing Policy Statements, Impact Investing Procedures Manuals and designing social and financial tracking systems using customized dashboards as well as conventional portfolio management systems.

Tina is a CFA Charterholder, has an MBA in Finance from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and an MA in International Affairs with a focus in International Business from the University of Miami. She earned a BA Cum Laude in International Relations with a focus in Latin America from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Tina currently sits on the board of Aeris Insight and is an Adjunct Instructor co-teaching a graduate course on impact investing at USC.

ALLISON HAGEY
ALLISON HAGEYBraunHagey & Borden
Governance Board Member
ALLISON HAGEY is of counsel with BraunHagey & Borden. She has over 15 years of experience in food law, policy, regulation, and food systems. Allison has represented Fortune 100 companies in international and national disputes and Department of Justice hearings. She has an extensive track record developing large-scale projects in the food and agriculture sector including creating and implementing federal policies generating over $1 billion in investment in over 200 food businesses. Allison led the creation of the nation’s premier food access and retail website connecting food entrepreneurs with funding opportunities, curriculum, tools, and webinars. Allison is a nationally-recognized leader, key note speaker, advocate, and author on food, agriculture, health policy, and equity.

Allison lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three kids. She is an avid runner, skier, and fair weather biker, who enjoys chasing her children with kale and strawberries from her garden.

JOANN LO
JOANN LOUnion Organizer
Governance Board Member

JOANN LO is a union organizer with an entertainment industry union. She was the Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance for 10 years, until October 2019, and was the first staff member of the Alliance when she began in November 2009. The daughter of immigrants from Taiwan, she graduated from Yale University with a degree in Environmental Biology and has organized with both unions and a worker center. In 2000 Joann was one of two staff who started the Garment Worker Center, and she organized with garment workers in Los Angeles who led a successful campaign against retailer Forever 21, memorialized in the Emmy-winning documentary “Made in L.A.” In 2005 Joann joined Enlace, an alliance of worker centers and unions and a year later became Co-Director. Joann is a member of the Leadership Circle of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Domestic Fair Trade Association, the City of Los Angeles’ Sweatfree Advisory Committee, and the Enlace Institute Advisory Board.

MONTE ROULIER
MONTE ROULIERCo-founder and President, Community Initiatives
Governance Board Member
Monte’s personal passion and professional journey have always revolved around community. Whether helping establish a public park system in Russia, working to alleviate poverty through micro finance in Tajikistan or coaching multi-sector coalitions across the United States, creating healthy, sustainable and just communities has been at the heart of it. Monte is also fortunate to be part of two vibrant communities. He lives in Portland, OR, with his wife and three kids and regularly works out of the CI office located in his hometown of Fort Collins, CO. Monte is Co-Founder and President of Community Initiatives (CI). As a consultant, coach, trainer and facilitator, Monte has helped hundreds of communities and a wide range of organizations, community partnerships, and national initiatives to develop change strategies resulting in healthier people and places. Prior to CI, Monte’s eclectic work experience included directing client education for a health informatics software firm; guiding the National Civic League’s renowned Healthy Communities Program; and serving as President of Service Adventures—service based adventure travel in Russian and Central Asia—where he also co-led a National Geographic sponsored team of scientists who discovered the world’s longest dinosaur track-way. Monte’s speaking engagements provide opportunities to help advance the healthy and sustainable communities movement. He and the CI team also partner to create and curate the Community Commons www.communitycommons.org, a powerful platform to help anyone who is, or wants to become, a change maker in their community.
RICARDO SALVADOR
RICARDO SALVADORSenior Scientist & Director, Food & Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
Governance Board Member
RICARDO SALVADOR works with citizens, scientists, economists, and politicians to transition our current food system into one that grows healthy foods while employing sustainable and socially equitable practices.

Before coming to UCS, Dr. Salvador served as a program officer for food, health, and well-being with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In this capacity, he was responsible for conceptualizing and managing the Foundation’s food systems programming. He partnered with colleagues to create programs that addressed the connections between food and health, environment, economic development, sovereignty, and social justice.

Prior to that, he was an associate professor of agronomy at Iowa State University. While at ISU, Dr. Salvador taught the first course in sustainable agriculture at a land-grant university, and his graduate students conducted some of the original academic research on community-supported agriculture. He also worked with students to establish ISU’s student-operated organic farm, and with other faculty to develop the nation’s first sustainable agriculture graduate program in 2000; Dr. Salvador served as the program’s first chair. Dr. Salvador also worked as an extension agent with Texas A&M University.

Dr. Salvador has appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show and has been quoted inThe Boston Globe, The New York Times, Politico and many other outlets. Dr. Salvador was named a 2013 NBC Latino Innovator and received the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2014. He was also an author of a 2014 op-ed in The Washington Post calling for a national food policy, which is changing how many think about food and farm policy.

Dr. Salvador earned a B.S. in agricultural science from New Mexico State University. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in crop production and physiology from Iowa State University.

CHUCK SAVITT
CHUCK SAVITTFounder and Senior Counselor, Island Press
Governance Board Member
CHUCK SAVITT is the Founder and Senior Counselor of Island Press, where he was the President and CEO Until May of 2016. Island Press is the leading non-profit media company that publishes and promotes peer-reviewed books, web based content and short form literature. Chuck’s and Island’s work focused on a wide range of issues including sustainability, urban transformation, biodiversity protection, climate and food systems.

Chuck founded Island Press to accelerate the capacity of those organizations and individuals working on these issues to think and work across traditional academic and professional disciplines.  During his time at Island Press they published more than  1000 titles by leading scientists including Edward O. Wilson, Gretchen Dailey, Paul Ehrich,  Jane Lubcheco, as well as policy and thought leaders  such as Bruce Babbitt, Gabe Klein and Jan Ghel.  With each of these author’s  work, Island Press helped to introduce new ideas that changed their fields.

Healthy food systems have been a personal priority for Chuck’s work and Island Press and he was honored to be asked to join the Center’s board. He hopes that his strategic communication skills could help spread the word about the it’s important work.

DOUGLASS SIMS
DOUGLASS SIMSDirector of Strategy and Finance, Center for Market Innovation, Natural Resources Defense Council
Governance Board Member
DOUGLASS SIMS is Director of Strategy and Finance at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Center for Market Innovation (CMI). In 2012 and 2013, he was instrumental in the launch of the New York Green Bank and currently is working green banks in California and other states. Douglass also sits on the standards committee of the Climate Bonds Initiative, is a leader of the Green City Bonds coalition and is advisor on energy poverty to the Clinton Global Initiative. Over the past 15 years, Douglass has worked in international and national emerging markets first as a senior project finance attorney at a leading international law firm and, since 2010, at the Center for Market Innovation where he co-leads CMI and focuses on next generation energy, food, water, shelter and infrastructure investments. Douglass holds a JD from Harvard Law School and BA from Stanford University.
WOOD TURNER
WOOD TURNERVice President, Agriculture Capital Management
Governance Board Member
Wood Turner is a Vice President at Agriculture Capital Management, focused on integrating and operationalizing the firm’s cross-platform sustainability strategies.

Wood brings over 20 years of experience in corporate sustainability, environmental management, and consumer engagement. Most recently, he was on the executive team at organic yogurt pioneer Stonyfield Farm as the company’s VP Sustainability Innovation. Prior to that, he was founding executive director of Climate Counts, an international NGO focused on measuring and scoring the world’s largest consumer companies on their concrete, enterprise-level responses to climate change. Wood has consulted to brands, elected officials, and public agencies on mobilizing the public around ideas that improve the environment and build community, including the start-up of a groundbreaking curbside food waste recovery program, the expansion of carshare program access to underrepresented communities in the Puget Sound area and Los Angeles, development of an early shuttle program for Bay Area biotech workers, and a citizen engagement program that nearly resulted in innovative fixed-rail for Seattle. Early in his career, he worked with the plastics industry in the policy and product stewardship arenas and was later instrumental in developing Urban Ecology’s “Blueprint for a Sustainable Bay Area.” He worked for many years on the alignment of economic and recreation demands with wetland, riparian, and wildlife corridor conservation in the Pacific Northwest.

PARTNERS

In cities across the country, the Center for Good Food Purchasing works with a network of cross-sector partners at the national and local levels to expand the reach and impact of the Good Food Purchasing Program.

NATIONAL PARTNERS

Core national partners include Food Chain Workers Alliance and Real Food Media.

Food Chain Workers Alliance supports local partners around organizing and coalition-building, including strategy, tactics, and leadership development.

Real Food Media supports communications, telling local and national stories of impact, and supporting local coalitions to build public support for the Program.

A National Campaign Committee of leading national food and farm organizations support expansion by sharing expertise and resources on advocacy, policy, the program values, research, impact evaluation, communications, coalition building and much more.

LOCAL PARTNERS

Local lead partners represent place-based coalitions, ensuring the work is grounded in local priorities, coordinating coalition-building and campaign development, and facilitating political and institutional relationships.
Local institutional partners commit to implementing the Good Food Purchasing Program values and framework, championing the program internally, participating in the multi-phased assessment process, and using assessment results to guide purchasing shifts in each of the values.
AUSTIN, TEXAS
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
CINCINNATI, OHIO
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
TWIN CITIES, MINNESOTA

ANCHORS IN ACTION PARTNERS

Learn more about Anchors in Action, an alliance with Health Care Without Harm and Real Food Challenge that aims to drive food system change by unifying demand within and across institutional networks for supply chains that benefit all people, especially underserved and marginalized communities.

OUR SUPPORTERS

Support for the Center for Good Food Purchasing is provided in part through the generosity of the following funders:
  • 11th Hour Project
  • Battery Powered
  • Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
  • Dr. Bronner’s
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
  • Panta Rhea Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
We would also like to thank Community Partners for their fiscal sponsorship.

GOOD FOOD HEROES

Each year on Food Day, the Center for Good Food Purchasing recognizes exemplary leadership of Good Food Heroes: individuals or organizations with significant accomplishments related to  the Good Food Purchasing Program in the past year. Good Food Heroes have demonstrated a commitment to the Program’s five values—local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition—or the core tenets of racial equity, supply chain transparency and accountability, and public leadership in driving demand for Good Food.

This year, we are pleased to honor the following organizations: 

  • Good Food Institutional Hero: Austin Independent School District, led by Anneliese Tanner for taking innovative steps as the district strives to meet the four star level in the Good Food Purchasing Program
  • Good Food Policy Hero: Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu for sponsoring and championing a forward-looking Good Food Purchasing Policy, which prioritizes community engagement, transparency, and racial equity in the City of Boston’s Good Food Purchasing Program; 
  • Good Food Local Hero: Cincinnati Good Food Purchasing Coalition, led by Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center for building a broad-based, community-driven network of supporters that successfully advocated for the adoption of the Good Food Purchasing Program by Cincinnati Public Schools in January 2019; 
  • Good Food Value Chain Hero: DC Central Kitchen for providing high quality meals that align strongly with Program values and running a values-aligned company that provides job training and job placement for adults with barriers to employment including histories of homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, and trauma.

Read on for more about our Good Food Heroes’ inspiring achievements in 2019!

AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICTGood Food Institution Hero
CINCINNATI GOOD FOOD PURCHASING COALITION
CINCINNATI GOOD FOOD PURCHASING COALITIONGood Food Local Hero
BOSTON CITY COUNCILOR MICHELLE WU
BOSTON CITY COUNCILOR MICHELLE WUGood Food Policy Hero
DC CENTRAL KITCHEN
DC CENTRAL KITCHENGood Food Value Chain Hero
PAST GOOD FOOD HEROES

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