Adrienne Markworth is Founder and Executive Director of Leah's Pantry. In 2006, Adrienne saw a need for engaging, cooking-based nutrition education for homeless parents and other underserved populations in San Francisco. She worked with housing providers and other community partners to develop Food Smarts, a multi-lingual, culturally-competent curriculum for use with a wide variety of ages and populations. Adrienne expanded Leah’s Pantry throughout California through collaborative partnerships with regional food banks, government public health and human services agencies, and over 250 community-based organizations (CBO), schools, and housing providers. She also created the Food Smarts Training Program for CBO staff, volunteers and neighborhood residents. In 2012, Leah’s Pantry partnered with the San Francisco Human Services Agency to develop EatFresh.org, an online nutrition class and recipe website that has become a statewide initiative, reaching 100,000 people per year. Originally from Virginia, Adrienne has degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of San Francisco and was formerly a high school educator and small business owner. She is a graduate of the 2015 Executive Director's Leadership Institute through Executive Service Corps Southern California. She serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Children’s Choir and on the Executive Committee of the San Diego Food System Alliance.
Monica Bhagwan has been Leah’s Pantry's Program Manager since 2013. She initiated and drives Leah’s Pantry trauma-informed approach to food and nutrition programs. Monica provides program support, training, and technical assistance to long-term partner agencies and coordinates our PSE (policy, systems, and environment) interventions. She also directs the Feeding Potrero Catering Team. Monica guides our youth programs and curriculum development. She is also collaborator on the SRO Collaborative Food Security Task Force.
Monica has over 20 years of experience as a professional cook and community food and nutrition educator. She has a B.A. from Vassar College and a Masters Degree in Food Studies from New York University with special focus on food justice and sustainability. At NYU, she was a student of Dr. Marion Nestle and served as an adjunct instructor. Prior to joining Leah’s Pantry, Monica conducted garden-based cooking programming for disadvantaged youth at the Edible Schoolyard in Hunterspoint at the Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club.
Jessica Silldorff is the Product Manager for Leah's Pantry and has been with the organization since 2013. She oversees the development of EatFresh.org and the accompanying EatFresh.org Mini Course, Food Smarts curriculum, and manages recipe development projects. Jessica is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA), a member of the California Conference of Local Health Department Nutritionists (CCLHDN) Communications Committee, and a member of the San Diego Food System Alliance Marketing Committee. She holds a Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences from UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art from Arizona State University.
Danielle Boulé joined Leah’s Pantry in June 2015 and now serves as the organization’s Training and Development Manager. Danielle leads our train-the-trainer programming, building the capacity of partner organizations so that they are better equipped to address the nutrition educational needs of their low-income clients. She also manages our volunteer and donor programs. Through social media, annual fundraising campaigns, and in-person events (like Cooking Parties), she gets people excited about our mission! Danielle enjoys working directly with clients as one of our nutrition educators, teaching workshops in both English and Spanish. She earned a Masters in Community Development from UC Davis and a B.S. in Mass Communications from UCLA.
Alex Neidenberg is the Senior Program Coordinator for our Food Smarts Workshops and joined our team in October 2014. She hires and trains our facilitators, maintains relationships with our partners and coordinates our interactive workshops throughout the state. Alex brings her knowledge of local SRO’s and community agencies from her time running a weekly food pantry in San Francisco. She is grateful that she continues to work with similar clients as a nutrition educator through workshops in the Bay Area. Alex attended Lake Forest College in Illinois and grew up in San Diego, California.
Era Cathey is the Project Coordinator for EatFresh.org and joined the Leah's Pantry team in August 2017. She has a background in sociology, media, and education, and has worked as a non-profit arts administrator, teacher, media arts trainer, and most recently, completed a comprehensive eLearning curriculum for in-home primary care providers. Era is excited to engage in the larger health and food systems conversation with our partners as well as support new and expanding projects as we continue to address food security issues in our communities. Era holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Media from The Evergreen State College in Washington and a Master's degree in Art and Media Production from Goddard College. She lives in San Diego with her family where they continually work toward perfecting beach picnics.