Staff and Board
We are proud of the staff and volunteers who help guide our work in the community.
Joe was hired as Director in June 2003 after serving three years on the Board of Directors. Before joining the food bank, Joe worked in a variety of for-profit and nonprofit business consulting roles in both the United States and Eastern Europe. Currently, Joe is active in several local and statewide human service coalitions, including the Seattle Food Committee, Seattle Human Services Coalition, and Washington Food Coalition. He also serves on boards for the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance and University Child Development School. Joe graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Zoology and Vanderbilt University with an MBA. You may contact Joe via the main food bank phone number or by email.
Bill joined the food bank as Assistant Director in September 2002 after he moved to Seattle with his wife Jill. He oversees our daily operations and works directly with food bank volunteers. Previously, Bill worked for the Feeding America affiliate in North Carolina. Bill graduated from University of North Carolina with a BA in American History. You may contact Bill via the main food bank phone number or by email.
Paul left the world of technology to become our full time Development Director in 2007. Paul manages our individual giving program and helps coordinate our annual fundraising auction. Paul’s desire is to personally connect with each of our many donors, so please take him up on his offer for a food bank tour and a cup of coffee. When he’s not raising money for us, Paul is a passionate heirloom tomato and potato gardener. He’s more than happy to share his many pearls of gardening wisdom with you. Or, if you bid just high enough at the auction, you can put his gardening talents to work for you. Paul is a proud Long Beach, Washington native, although he did attend Willamette University in Oregon so he could run track and cross country there. You may contact Paul via his direct line at 206-527-1990 or by email.
Julia joined us in November 2013 for her year long VISTA placement. Julia’s primary focus is on volunteer coordination and program evaluation. You can contact Julia via the main phone line at 206-523-7060 or by email.
Kailin replaced long tenured food bank employee Carl Ostrom when he retired in 2008. While her primary responsibility is recovering food from area businesses, she manages the food bank distribution on Fridays as well. Kailin is a strong advocate for our customers. She has expanded our food recovery efforts to new stores across our service area, and she has helped our volunteers improve at their food recovery efforts too. When she isn’t working with us, Kailin plays in several bands and orchestras plus teaches flute through Seattle Conservatory of Music and Seattle Music Partners. Kailin has BAs in Women and Gender Studies and Music from Rice University. You may contact Kailin via the main food bank phone number or by email.
David joined the food bank as a staff member in April 2014 after serving as a food bank volunteer for several years. David oversees our Tuesday and Thursday food bank distributions.
David is an avid gardener, an active community volunteer, and runs his own landscape company. You may contact David via the main food bank phone number.
Ron started with the food bank in May 2013. He is responsible for collecting our weekend food donations from many of our grocery store partners.
When not at the food bank, Ron is an active mushroom forager, a writer, and a P-Patch gardener. You may contact Ron via the main food bank phone number.
Erica started with us in September 2014 through Mennonite Voluntary Service. Erica comes to us from Waynesfield, Ohio. She moved to Seattle in September after graduating with her degree in Social Work from Bluffton University (Ohio).
You can contact Erica via the main phone line at 206-523-7060 or by email.
Robyn joined us in February 2015 as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Robyn comes to us from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After graduating with a degree in Sustainability Studies from the University of Florida, she interned on an organic farm on Bainbridge Island before moving to Seattle in January.
You can contact Robyn via the main phone line at 206-523-7060 or by email.