Heather leads the operational and strategic initiatives of the Food Council, coordinating the contributions of the organization’s 8 staff, 400+ volunteers of the Council, Working Groups, Board of Directors, and 200+ community partner organizations toward our collective food system goals and achievements. Heather spent the first decade of her career as an administrator and program director at MIT, Georgetown University, and the University of Virginia. Prior to her work with the Food Council, Heather also served as President of multiple volunteer-driven community based organizations in Montgomery County focused on early childhood education and parent resources. Heather holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M. Ed. from the University of Virginia. Heather serves as co-lead of the Montgomery County Food Security Task Force, and as a member of the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments FARM Committee, CKC Farming Advisory Board, Montgomery County’s Community Health Needs Assessment Advisory Committee and its Small Business Recovery Workgroup, and the Nonprofit Montgomery Advocacy Committee, and she is an active leader and volunteer in her community and local schools.
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.
Catherine works closely with our Policy Committee to track legislation and engage with state and local legislators, and serves as the staff liaison to our Racial Equity Committee, Food Economy and Environmental Impact Working Groups. She also oversees our digital media platforms and manages Food Council events and initiatives related to the MoCo Made brand, which serves to increase the visibility of and economic opportunities for the County’s vibrant local food and beverage producer community. Catherine has experience in the non-profit sector and with the federal government. She previously worked at the Montgomery County Collaboration Council and at the Office of former Congressman John Delaney. Catherine has a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Nutrition Education at American University.
Interim Food Security Programs Manager
Susan oversees food security programs at the Montgomery County Food Council, and serves as the staff liaison to the Food Recovery and Access Working Group. She also supports the collective efforts of the Gardening Subcommittee, a joint effort between the Environmental Impact and Food Education working groups, initiated in Summer 2020 to inform aspects of the County's response to rising food insecurity rates exacerbated by COVID-19. Prior to this role, Susan managed sustainability initiatives and community engagement programs at the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, and at various environmental organizations in New York State. Susan’s passion for this work is grounded in growing vegetables and raising chickens, while trying to live lightly, within the Niagara River watershed in Upstate New York; and in joyful adventures as a community gardener over the past ten years. Susan is a Bloomberg Fellow with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at Johns Hopkins University. Susan holds a BA in Visual Art and New Media, and English from SUNY Fredonia, and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Danny is the liaison to the Food Education Working Group, providing administrative support, collaborating with the Work Group to develop and support objectives and initiatives. He will work to facilitate connections among diverse stakeholders, coordinate Food Security initiatives in response to COVID-19, and provide operational support when necessary. Danny holds a B.S. in Environmental Sustainability from Rochester Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from UW-Madison.
Outreach and Communications Assistant
As the Outreach and Communication Assistant, Bezawit facilitates the sharing of information about the Montgomery County food system and available food assistance resources across multiple platforms. She is excited to connect with the hard-to-reach populations in the County, as she believes that is one of the steps toward ending racial and ethinc disparities that exist in relation to food insecurity. Previously, she has had experience working with the UCLA Labor Center and the National Education Association, and she is excited to bring her communications and advocacy skills to the Food Council. Bezawit is a recent graduate from Towson University, and holds a B.S in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration.
AmeriCorps VISTA, Program Assistant
Allie helps to manage the Senior SNAP Program and Food Security Community Advisory Board, as well as other Food Security initiatives that the Food Council works on. Allie is a recent graduate from Goucher College with a B.A. in Public Policy. She was an intern for the Food Council in the summer of 2019, and has political experience from internships at the Federal, State, and County levels, most notably with Senator Van Hollen and Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer. She has a background in the food and beverage industry in Maryland, including an internship with the Maryland Brewers Association. She was President of Goucher’s Food Recovery Network program, helping recover surplus food from the college to Baltimore’s homeless population.
Jan 30-March 20
Montgomery County Master Gardeners are offering three free gardening presentations in Spanish via Zoom!
First Tuesday of each month, 9:30-11am via Zoom.
The UMD AGNR Sustainable Food Systems Lecture Series is kicking off on Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:00 PM with "Building a Localized Waste-free Food System One Apply at a Time".
A SNEEK-PEEK AT HOW KOINER FARM STARTS ITS CROPS - AND TIPS FOR STARTING YOUR OWN SEEDLINGS AT HOME. SATURDAY, MARCH 6TH, 5:00-5:30PM ON ZOOM
Every other Monday, 1:00 to 2:00 or 2:30pm. Please register in advance.
Third Wednesday of each month, 9-10:30am via Zoom.
Register now for a Basic Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training, open exclusively to Montgomery County farmers!
4th Tuesday of each month, 9:30-11am via Zoom.
Mar 25, Apr 1, Apr 8
Western Maryland Food Council presents "Growing a Healthy Food System in a Pandemic World" virtual conference, 1-3:30PM March 25th, April 1, April 8.
April 27, July 27th, Oct 26th
The Food Education Working Group (FEdWG) would like to cordially invite you to our Gardening Grant showcase that we will be taking place over the course of four (4) FEdWG meetings in 2021.