FoodWhat Board President: Monica Martinez, CEO, Encompass Community Services

"I joined the Board because I am inspired by the transformative impact FoodWhat has on youth in our community. When you talk to the youth, you hear that FoodWhat is truly a game changer. I want to help open up this opportunity for more young people across our county."

Vice President: Ron Slack, Publisher, Good Times (Retired)

"FoodWhat is an absolute gem. The program, working with youth for social justice and self empowerment through agriculture, has a profound effect on the development of these teens. I am so proud to be a part of this organization that helps youth learn skills that they will carry with them the rest of their life. Watching the positive change in these young people is absolutely amazing. It would be great if every member of Santa Cruz County could come to the annual Fall Benefit to listen to the youth tell their extraordinary stories of their transformation during their work with FoodWhat! Bravo to Doron and his staff for the tremendous work they do." 

Treasurer: Jo Kenny, Philanthropy Director, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

"I love FoodWhat because it provides the space for crew members to create a community together that is mutually supportive while challenging each person to grow into their best self."

Secretary: Suz Howells, University Events Strategist, UC Santa Cruz

“FoodWhat is real. Making a tangible impact on lives of youth – and they are changing the world in real, visible ways. That, and c'mon - it's fun to say. What?”

Audries Blake: Assistant Director, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), UC Santa Cruz

Cesario Ruiz: Owner & Founder, “My Mom’s Mole” and Commercial Kitchen Manager, El Pajaro Community Development Corporation

Maisie Ganzler: Chief Strategy and Brand Officer, Bon Appetit Management Company

"When I visit FoodWhat the feeling of lives being changed is palpable. The youth seem to be maturing right before my eyes. I’m constantly inspired by their willingness to change and their desire to make a better future for themselves and their community. "

Tony Serrano: Owner, JAS Family Farms Organics

Elisa Orona: Executive Director, Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County