Interim Executive Director
Massa manages the Food Council’s grant activities and oversees aspects of the organization’s administration, human resources and financial management. Massa brings ten years of communications, finance, and management consulting experience to the Food Council and has held positions in both the private and non-profit sectors. She began her career as a strategy consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and then worked for several years in investor communications and strategic planning with Endurance Specialty Holdings. In addition to her private sector experience, Massa has worked with the Washington DC-based non-profits DC Greens and FoodPrints as a food systems and nutrition educator. Massa holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Master of Science in Nutrition Education from American University.
Strategic Partnerships Manager
Michelle provides management support to the Food Council’s Food Education, Policy, and Strategic Planning work, and facilitates our collaboration and systems-based community initiatives. She is passionate about collaborating across sectors to create a healthier and more equitable local food system. Previously, Michelle spent a decade with academic, government, and nonprofit organizations working to make healthy choices easier for under-resourced communities. She earned a B.S. in Human Nutrition from The Ohio State University, a Masters of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
Food Security Programs Manager
Annmarie oversees the Food Council’s food security programs, providing management support to the Food Recovery and Access Working Group and implementing aspects of the County's Food Security Response Strategy. Annmarie previously served as the Project Leader/Nutrition Educator for the University of Maryland Extension’s SNAP-Ed Program in Montgomery County, where she partnered with schools, food assistance providers, and farmers markets to implement nutrition education programming and promote policy, systems, and environmental changes aimed at creating a more equitable local food system for those facing food insecurity. Annmarie is a Registered Dietitian and a Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist in the state of Maryland. She holds a BS in Dietetics from the University of Maryland, College Park; as well as a BA in English from Brooklyn College, and a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Policy and Community Outreach Contractor
Jack is a Policy and Community Outreach Contractor for the Montgomery County Food Council. He is currently working towards his Masters Degree in Food and Agricultural Policy from American University, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Temple University. Jack is a Washington DC native who has spent time working in environmental education, with a focus on connecting students in DC with food and cooking experiences within their school. He became interested in environmental policy when joining his middle school environmental club and having the opportunity to testify in front of DC City Council as a 6th grader. Growing up in Washington DC and working towards his degree has shown Jack the importance of equity in the food space and the need for policy that thinks about all residents.
Agriculture & Sustainability Specialist
Lorien provides support to the MoCo Made Initiative and the Farm to Food Bank program, and aids in addressing other local food economy, agriculture, and environmental sustainability issues. She is devoted to working towards a healthy, equitable, ecologically sustainable food system for all. She has worked on food system issues for nearly two decades, from laboring on farms, to leading agricultural and nutrition education, to nonprofit program coordination, to researching community nutrition and beginning farmer programming. She has implemented and evaluated programs for agricultural cooperative extension, first with Virginia Cooperative Extension, then with University of Maryland Extension. In addition to her role at MoCo Food Council, she currently operates a one-acre vegetable farm in the Montgomery County Agricultural Preserve, selling directly to consumers within the county. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Longwood University, a M.S. in Agricultural Extension Education, and a PhD in Agricultural Life Sciences, Community Viability, from Virginia Tech.
Americorp Food Outreach VISTA
Danielle is an Americorp Food Outreach VISTA for the Montgomery County Food Council. She recently earned a degree in Medical Anthropology with a minor in Biology and Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. For her senior thesis, she researched how outside factors in one's life can impact a person’s health and the ability to access health care. One of those factors was food insecurity. This realization inspired her to volunteer at the Montgomery County Food Council to serve her community by reducing food insecurity. During her time here, Danielle plans to work on capacity-building projects within the End Childhood Hunger Initiative by organizing strategic brainstorming groups and facilitating conversations.
Food Access Assistant
Sharon Strerath is a Food Access Assistant for the Food Council's SNAP Outreach Program. She assists English and Spanish-speaking residents in applying for SNAP. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Vatel International Business School Hotel & Tourism Management and previously worked in the hospitality industry, which gave her the opportunity to travel to different countries, gain experiences, and focus on the service of customers. She enjoys working at the Food Council because it allows her to assist people from our community, and through that contributes to their nutritional well-being.
Food Access Initiatives Director
Allison is the Food Access Initiatives Director at the Montgomery County Food Council. Her efforts include managing the Council’s SNAP Outreach Program, coordinating the Benefits Outreach and Enrollment Workgroup, and supporting the Food Security Community
Advisory Board. Allison is a registered dietitian who recently relocated to Montgomery County from Las Vegas, where she was a health educator in the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Southern Nevada Health District and served as the registered dietitian liaison on the Southern Nevada Food Council. Allison received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she also completed her dietetic internship. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wellesley College.
Senior Food Access Coordinator
Elizabeth is a Senior Food Access Coordinator for the Food Council's SNAP Outreach Program. She assists residents in applying for SNAP and engages in community outreach to increase SNAP enrollment. She previously served as an Americorp VISTA with the Food Council's food security team, working on implementing the County's Food Security Plan. Prior to joining the Food Council, Elizabeth was a chef, a food educator, and an attorney practicing energy law, and she currently serves on the board of the Takoma Park Silver Spring Food Co-op. She holds a B.A. from Holy Cross College, a J.D. from Georgetown University, and a certificate in pastry arts from L'Academie de Cuisine.
Ester is the Program Coordinator at the Montgomery County Food Council. Her efforts include engaging with community partners to raise the visibility of MoCo Made by developing resources that help highlight program participants. She works closely with the Food Economy and Food Education Working Group through collaborative and administrative efforts. Ester previously worked for the University of Maryland Extension’s Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program in Montgomery County, where she partnered with schools, churches, and other community organizations to serve marginalized community members with quality nutrition education programs, aimed at making food education accessible to those facing food insecurity. Ester has a passion for helping others improve their quality of life through food education. Ester earned a B.S. in Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, Global Campus.
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training
feb 2-april 6
10-week course, meeting every Thursday evening from 7:00pm-8:30pm from February 2 through April 6, 2023.