Meet the Team

Sarah Weiner

Sarah Weiner

Executive Director

Prior to co-founding the Good Food Foundation, Sarah worked side by side with the sustainable food movement’s visionaries across the globe. Fresh out of college, as the Director of Communication for the Slow Food International Office in Italy, she was immersed in the roots of the food movement before heading to California to become Alice Waters’ “Girl Friday” (in Alice’s words). Next she spearheaded the development of the first large scale U.S. sustainable food event, Slow Food Nation with 85,000 guests, then went on to produce the 20,000 person Organic Food Festival in Bristol, England for the Soil Association, which enjoyed the patronage of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. Subsequently she helped launch the first Sips & Suppers annual fundraiser with Alice Waters, Joan Nathan and Jose Andres, as an answer to President Obama’s call for a day of service before his first inauguration. To date, it has raised over $4.5 million for organizations addressing food insecurity through a sustainability lens in our nation’s capital.

Samantha Putman Allen

Samantha Putman Allen

Managing Director

Samantha is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied both Archaeology and Anthropology. Upon moving to San Francisco in 2014, she began looking for opportunities with organizations that shared her love of food and desire to promote sustainability. Samantha joined the Good Food Foundation team soon after and has enjoyed immersing herself in the food community in the Bay Area.

Sandra Elisa Loofbourow

Sandra Elisa Loofbourow

Good Food Awards Director

For the last decade, Sandra has focused her talents on specialty coffee, where she became an industry leader and international expert. She is a certified Q Instructor through CQI, a seasoned green buyer, roaster, barista, and published author. Sandra was the founding Director of The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, and is co-host of the bilingual podcast Cafetera Intelectual.

Laura DeOliveira

Laura DeOliveira

Community Manager

In 2018, Laura graduated from the University of Gastronomic Sciences with a Masters in Food, Culture and Communications: Marketing and Sustainability of High-Quality Products. Most recently she was the Event and Communications Manager for the first ever Terra Madre Nordic event held in Copenhagen. She has worked in the food, beverage and hospitality industry from the age of 15 and gained her Bachelors degree from the Culinary Institute of America. She believes that farmers are the stewards of our land and it is important to honor and respect the work they do. She finds the easiest way to support farmers is to vote with your dollar by purchasing products at your local farmers market or store. "Eat well and in good company!"

Meghan Shellenberg

Meghan Shellenberg

Committee Chair Manager

A native of Alameda, CA, Meghan’s appreciation for food runs deep: her Italian ancestors emigrated here as farmers. After completing her Anthropologie Degree from CU Boulder she went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Food Culture and Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Colorno, Italy. There, through the teachings of Slow Food, her appreciation and advocacy for artisanship, locality and sustainability were realized. She spent the beginning of her career in retail produce procurement on both the East and West coasts. She then spent 6 years running a Global Corporate Food Program which included program development, strategic initiatives, purchasing, space design, and sustainability goals. Above all, she believes food should be delicious, nutritious and sustainable.

Anna Knotek

Anna Knotek

Grant & Fundraising Manager

Anna is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina, where she majored in Public Policy and History. She is interested in all things sustainable food, and is excited to put her energy towards building a more equitable food system. She spent her time in college shopping at farmer's markets, helping coordinate summer meal sites across the state, and working with her local food policy council. As a lifelong North Carolinian, there is nothing she appreciates more than a ripe summer tomato with salt and pepper - though she's excited to explore the Bay Area food scene.

Laura Kirkland

Laura Kirkland

Marketing Manager

Laura graduated from Princeton University in 2020. She is grateful to have worked alongside and learned from the dedicated and passionate folks at Dandelion Chocolate, Tomales Farmstead Creamery, and The Coffee Club, Princeton’s first student-run coffee shop. She is thrilled to join the Good Food Foundation team to support the incredible farmers, makers, and merchants working to make positive change in our food systems.

Adriana Stetson

Adriana Stetson

Design & Digital Coordinator

Adriana is a graduate of the IE University in Madrid, Spain but is originally from the DC area. During her time in Spain, she fell in love with simple yet delicious, local & responsibly sourced food. After graduating in 2019, she began her career in the food industry working alongside Danielle Vogel of Glen’s Garden Market, where she learned about the vital role that communities play in the advancement of the good food movement. When she’s not playing with her cats or strolling through the farmer’s market, you’ll most likely find her eating a big salad made from the produce in her garden or drinking a cup of coffee from a local roaster.

Madeline Nguyen

Madeline Nguyen

Outreach & Communications Intern

Madeline Nguyen (she/her) is a food writer and researcher with work focusing on the intersections between food, identity, and rhetoric. In 2018, she attended Ballymaloe Cookery School and started her Masters program in World Food Cultures and Mobility at the University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG), which she completed the following year. She believes that there's a power in words that can only be punctuated by the perfect bite and that the best stories are not only shared at the table, but cover the contents of that table and where that food comes from. Her past work on Vietnamese culinary history can be found in "The New Gastronome" and "Sandwich Magazine."

Catherine Allemann

Catherine Allemann

Outreach & Communications Intern

Catherine is currently a graduate student at UC Berkeley pursuing a Master’s in Public Health Nutrition. Originally from Washington State, she grew up sandwiched by tree fruits on one side and seafood on the other. Her interest in food retail and marketing is informed by her desire to see a more sustainable, healthy and just food system realized. In her past work experiences, she found joy in engaging with producers at farmers’ markets and leading farm-based education programs for learners of all ages. Catherine is so excited to connect with the community of Crafters and Merchants through the Good Food Foundation. In her free time, she can often be found wandering the aisles of Monterey Market in Berkeley, pointing out edible plants on hikes and swimming in the Bay!