Russell Lehman, Executive Director

Russ became the Executive Director in June 2016. As a place where there is alignment of experience, passion, commitment and values, Russ is both extremely excited and incredibly optimistic about the opportunities for Food Action to make a difference. Russ brings his experience as an attorney, policy adviser, nonprofit creator and leader, and graduate faculty to the Network where his passion for truly sustainable communities can flourish… and be impactful. Russ spent 2013-2015 in Amsterdam, a truly magnificent place. When not working Russ is most often on a bicycle.

Arianna Muirow, Communications and Policy Director

Arianna joined our team as the Communications and Policy Director in February 2017. Arianna has a Masters degree in Regional Planning, focusing on food system planning, and has over a decade of career experience working in sustainable food planning, food justice, and public health. She is also working on completing her PhD at the University of Washington focused on the connections of technology and the food movement. Arianna comes to food work as the place where goals of social justice, environmental sustainability, and public health come together within an interconnected system. When she is not working Arianna is often out climbing big mountains in the North Cascades.


Peter VanNuland, Project Coordinator

Peter joined the Food Action team as its Project Coordinator in the Spring of 2017. After graduating from SeattleU, in true millennial fashion, Peter pursued a variety of interests. He bicycled across the United States, mentored youth in wilderness therapy, worked for a startup online farmer’s market, designed and installed permaculture landscapes, and became certified as an urban and wilderness EMT.

Though his path has been winding, Peter feels very drawn to helping heal our food system and is incredibly excited for this opportunity. In his free time, he enjoys practicing Vipassana meditation, dancing, playing music, and growing food.

Board of Directors


Reverend Paul Benz

Paul grew up on a farm and is the fourth generation of a family that derived their livelihood from farming. He is a Lutheran minister, a lobbyist, educator and Co-Director for the Faith Action Network , working on public policy issues which affect food and farming systems. He is involved in numerous religious, community and food and farming groups in the state. Paul first became involved in the Pike Place Market/PDA and direct marketing efforts in the 1970’s. He has worked for the King County farmland preservation campaign (Prop. One), and has been involved in food and farming issues wherever he has lived or worked.



Chris Feise, Vice Chair

Chris served as the Director WSU Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources from 1999 until his retirement in 2008. Prior to his work as CSANR Director he worked for WSU Extension as a water quality coordinator from 1987-93 and was WSU Extension Liaison to EPA Region 10 1993-99. His interest in agriculture stemmed from his experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. He brings to the board his strong knowledge of Washington agriculture and WSU, and his passionate interest in a fair and sustainable food system.

Anne Harvey, Chair

Anne, MSW, has worked at Antioch University for over 30 years, in both faculty and administrative positions, teaching interdisciplinary courses reflecting her interests and experience with women’s issues, community organizing, diversity, and lifelong learning. She served as Lead Faculty of the First People’s Program at the Muckleshoot Tribal College and of the Tulalip Tribes Human Services Program. She left Antioch University in July 2015 to pursue other interests including mediation and non-profit consulting. Previously a board member with the Community Foundation for the Coupeville Public Schools, Women’s Funding Alliance and Consejo Counseling and Referral Service, Anne lives near Ebey’s Prairie in Coupeville, where she is involved in developing a Farm to School program in the local school district.



Kathryn Gardow, Treasurer

Kathryn is the Principal of Gardow Consulting in Seattle WA…because land and food matter. She brings ten years working in farmland preservation and advocacy, four of those years with PCC Farmland Trust as their Executive Director. She has 25 years of working as a civil engineer and planner on issues including land use regulation, subdivision design, stormwater management, and entitlement. She is a registered professional civil engineer, on the Washington State Recreation & Conservation Office–Farmland Preservation advisory board, and a planning member for the Urban Land Institute’s Northwest District Council’s Center for Sustainable Leadership program. She is passionate about working to provide good, sustainable food sources and her monthly blog found at Gardow Consulting muses on ways to create a more sustainable food system.

Ethan Schaffer, Secretary

Ethan was the co-founder and executive director of Viva Farms, a farm incubator that helps Latino farmworkers become farm owners. Ethan won top awards at the 2011 Seattle Social Innovation Fast Pitch. He was also the founder and executive director of and was a founding team member of a successful technology start-up gift card industry. He was director of major gifts and grants for Climate Solutions from 2007-2009. Ethan grew up on a hay and tree farm in Northern Idaho and holds an MBA from Pinchot University.



Jill Smith

Jill grew up on a farm in Othello and has always been involved in agriculture in the central basin. In 2009 Jill and her husband, Richard, started Pure Eire Dairy, one of the few completely grass-fed dairies in the area. Jill has worked with producers, researchers, merchandisers and customers throughout her career. She is currently involved with the U.S. Barista Guild, trying to educate coffee houses, stores and baristas about making educated choices on the milk they purchase. She also works with many schools and home school groups that want to learn more about dairying and farming. Jill also works closely with Animal Welfare Approved and is a Non-GMO Project Verified Producer.

Daniela Geleva

Danni is an Associate Professor of Food & Nutrition at Seattle Pacific University, where she directs the student-led Community Kitchen program and leads a bi-annual study abroad program in Sustainable Food Production and the Mediterranean Diet & Lifestyle in Italy. She is interested in how what we eat, how we eat it, and how we produce it influences human and environmental health. Prior to moving to Seattle, she worked for the General Mills Bell Institute of Health & Nutrition. Danni grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria. She is a bike commuter and regularly hikes, backpacks, snowshoes, swims, and does yoga. She loves to cook and travel.



Tim Terpstra

Tim joined the WSFFN board in November 2015. He is currently the farm manager at Ralph’s Greenhouse, a 300-acre organic vegetable farm in the Skagit Valley where he has been employed since 2003. Tim also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Puget Sound Food Hub and in the past decade he has been a conference presenter and Ad Committee member with the Tilth Producers of Washington, a class presenter for the WSU Cultivating Success course, a workshop facilitator with the Northwest Farmer to Farmer Exchange, and a member of the Mt Vernon Nutrition Advisory Group. When he’s not at work stuck in the mud (or stuck on the phone), Tim enjoys reading books, climbing mountains, backcountry skiing, sea kayaking, and traveling with his family and friends.


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