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CAFB Board of Directors List
 

CAFB Management Team

     
 

Kathleen Odne, Interim Executive Director

Kathleen Odne joined CAFB in 2019 as Interim Executive Director. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation, a family foundation making grants in northern California, from 1994-2017. She now serves on their board of trustees. Additionally, she currently serves on the board of John Muir Health and the Walnut Creek Library Foundation. A native of Chicago, she holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Kathleen lives in Walnut Creek with her husband, John.

kathleen@cafoodbanks.org

     
 

Andrew Cheyne, Director of Government Affairs

Andrew Cheyne oversees CAFB’s state and federal policy agenda to address hunger and poverty, including legislative, budgetary and administrative initiatives. He also works to build the capacity of food banks, agencies, and clients to lead advocacy efforts. Recent achievements include first-ever General Fund support for CalFood that enables food banks to purchase California grown foods, enhancing the Farm to Food Bank Tax Credit and expanding the state Good Samaritan Food Donation liability protections. Andrew works across a broad portfolio from public benefits to food waste and other issues that affect food security. He has put a particular emphasis on multi-sector collaborations. Prior to joining CAFB, Andrew directed the research program at the Berkeley Media Studies Group, a leading media advocacy organization assisting public health advocates achieve policy victories. Andrew holds a Candidate in Philosophy and a Masters degree in Sociology from UC San Diego, and a BA cum laude in American Studies from Northwestern University.

andrew@cafoodbanks.org / (510) 350-9915

     
 

Steve Linkhart, Director of Farm to Family

Steve Linkhart joined CAFB in 2013, bringing more than 25 years of operations experience to the Farm to Family program. Before, Steve spent 11 years serving as the Director of Operations and Technology for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Steve is well known throughout our network thanks to his past work and brings his advanced knowledge and expertise in logistics, inventory management, and program management to work for CAFB.

stevelinkhart@cafoodbanks.org / (510) 350-9916

     
 

Terry Garner, Member Services Director

Terry Garner joined CAFB in 2004 to direct a 22-county rural and remote food bank capacity building project. While at CAFB Terry has also managed a state and federally funded nutrition education contract. Terry holds a BA from University of Tennessee and a Master of Arts from San Francisco State. Throughout her career, Terry has worked in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining CAFB, Terry worked as the Program Manager for Redwood Empire Food Bank in Sonoma County.  

terry@cafoodbanks.org / (510) 350-9911

     
 

Stephanie Nishio, Director of Programs

Stephanie Nishio joined CAFB in 2010 as the Director of Programs. Previously, Stephanie managed federally-funded nutrition education, food security, and outreach contractors and grantees; she also taught community college nutrition courses. Stephanie holds a Master of Public Health degree from UC Berkeley and a BS in Nutrition from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is also a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist.

stephanie@cafoodbanks.org / (510) 350-9905

     
 

Lauren Reid, Director of Communications

Lauren Reid joined CAFB in 2018 to lead communications strategy that advances hunger awareness, advocacy, and action. For more than a decade, Lauren has spearheaded communications, advocacy, and engagement programs — both in-house and as an independent consultant. Prior to joining CAFB she focused her efforts on healthcare reform, government transparency, community engagement, and child safety. Lauren holds degrees in Visual Communication and English from the University of Miami.

lauren@cafoodbanks.org / (510) 350-9910

     
 

Eric Sloan, Director of Development

Eric Sloan joined CAFB in 2019 as Director of Development. He comes with more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has devoted his career to promoting equity for those most disadvantaged. Previously, Eric served as Director of Institutional Giving at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. There, he focused on developing new sources of income for research and clinical care. Before that, he was Director of Development at Juma Ventures, a program officer for Bay Area family foundations, and an evaluator of federal social programs. Eric helped build the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition into one of the best advocacy organizations around. In his free time, you can find him cooking, biking, hiking, gardening and consuming novels and movies. Eric lives in Berkeley with his wife, son, and an ever-growing community of animals, both domesticated and wild.

eric@cafoodbanks.org / (510) 350-9908