Meet the Team

Sarah Weiner

Sarah Weiner

Executive Director

Sarah has worked side by side with the sustainable food movement’s founders and visionaries across the globe. 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) for two years. Next she spearheaded the development of Slow Food Nation as its Content Director, produced the 20,000 person Organic Food Festival in Bristol, England for the Soil Association, developed the Art.Food.Hope fund-raising campaign on the eve of Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration, and co-founded Seedling Projects.

Dominic Phillips

Dominic Phillips

Executive Producer

Dominic has been responsible for large-scale productions such as Slow Food Nation, the largest sustainable food festival in the U.S.A., with 85,000 people attending 80 distinct outdoor and indoor events. His passion is in utilizing events to build community that last well beyond when the last marquee is taken down. Dominic Phillips is the founder and president of Dominic Phillips Event Marketing (DPEM), a full-service event marketing, design, and production company founded in 2004. DPEM has become a pioneer in sustainable events, implementing “zero-waste” policies, carbon offsets, and other sustainable best practices into its creative process.

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.

Katherine Harris

Katherine Harris

Merchants & Communications Manager

Katherine is a gastronome, writer and adventurer whose interests include fermentation, innovation and the representation of lived experience in travel writing. As an Outreach & Communications Intern with the Good Food Foundation team in Summer 2014, Katherine assisted with sustainability vetting for new applicants to the Good Food Guild. A Northern California native with a serious case of wanderlust, Katherine graduated in Fall 2015 with a Master in Food Culture & Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Bra, Italy. In her previous role, Katherine served as the Executive Assistant to co-owner Cindy Daniel of Healdsburg SHED, a proud member of the Good Food Merchants Collaborative, and coordinated launches of several cross-departmental projects, including an in-house Pantry line, web-based catering and online educational section.

Hillary Matson

Hillary Matson

Design and Events Coordinator

After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2015, Hillary spent a year abroad, eating her way through Asia and Central America. It was on this trip that her passion for sustainability and small-scale food production developed, as she worked on a permaculture farm as well as in the kitchen of an eco-resort. Hillary then returned to California, where she combined her interest of food and business to help launch the Los Angeles market for office-catering startup, Chewse. Hillary is excited to be apart of the Good Food Foundation and have a hand in elevating our food system.

Laura DeOliveira

Laura DeOliveira

Community Manager

In 2018, Laura graduated from the University of Gastronomic Sciences with a Masters is 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 them is by voting with your dollar and purchasing their products at a local farmers market. Eat well and in good company!

Allison Ball

Allison Ball

Committee Chair Manager

Alli is the founder of Allison Ball Consulting, specializing in growing food businesses through her one-on-one consulting and online group classes. Prior to launching her own business, Alli was essential in the development of the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses, sourcing product and coaching grocery staff for years on 18th Street, and then as Head of Grocery & Store Manager at Divisadero. She joins the Good Food team as the manager of 15 Good Food Awards committees and plays an integral part in preparing for the Blind Tasting.

Interns

Anna Knotek

Anna Knotek

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.

Olivia Whitener

Olivia Whitener

Olivia is a recent graduate from Pomona College in Claremont, CA with a degree in Environmental Studies. She is originally from Maryland but now calls beautiful California her home. Olivia is obsessed with all things food, from sustainable agriculture and food justice to food trucks and international cuisines. You can probably find her any weekend surrounded by the white tents of farmers' markets, eating as many samples as possible. Although she loves trendy cafes and avocados as much as the next millennial, through her education she became more aware of the inequalities and injustices of the global food system, and is dedicated to addressing these issues in her work. Olivia is also interested in waste/material reduction, the potential and pitfalls of green consumerism, and sustainable development in China.

Isabel Mason

Isabel Mason

A recent Conservation and Resource Studies graduate from UC Berkeley, Isabel is happy to be pursing her life's passion of transforming America's food system. Her love of food (and growing it) began in her childhood at an outdoor, sleep-away ranch camp. She then used her education to deepen her understanding of the current food system and develop the tools to make it diverse and sustainable. Most recently, Isabel lived in the Swan Valley of Montana and experienced the planet's interconnectivity firsthand - be it snorkeling down a river or trekking up a mountain. She spent those months in a tight cohort cooking with and learning from her peers and seasoned conservationists. Most importantly, Isabel learned directly from farmers and ranchers about their processes, challenges, and visions for the future. Isabel is excited to put all of her energy into making an impact!