National Advisory Council‏

The National Advisory Council was created to act as a group of stakeholders from across the nation to give WFAN’s governing board periodic feedback on policy issues and programming. Click here to apply for the National Advisory Council (select from dropdown).

Our governing board currently includes the following women:

JoAnne Berkenkamp
UnknownJoAnne Berkenkamp is a leader and innovator with two decades of experience in food systems development, program design and implementation, strategic planning, and business development. The consulting practice that she leads, Tomorrow’s Table LLC, focuses on the development of regionally oriented food systems, food enterprise development, environmental sustainability, and issues such as food waste, school nutrition and the nexus between agriculture and climate change. Ms. Berkenkamp holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Marty Gerencer
MartyGerencer_PhotoSept2011Marty Gerencer owns and operates Morse Marketing Connections, LLC (MMC) is a national food systems consulting agency based in Norton Shores, Michigan. MMC began in 2002, and continues to be a family run business.  Over the 11 years in operation, Ms. Gerencer has initiated and led several partnerships to increase outreach, farmer capacity building and the supply of locally sourced food into communities in Michigan, and around the country, contributing to stronger agriculture and food systems local economies and increasing health of consumers. Marty spent over 20 years with Gerber Products Company working in marketing, national partnerships, and supply chain teams that employed: collaborative approaches to business practices, sourced locally produced food from area farmers using sustainable growing practices, and used interim food hubs to more efficiently supply locally produced food to Gerber. After the launch of MMC, Marty worked on several community based food projects. In 2006, MMC entered into a partnership with the Wallace Center at Winrock International, to develop and co-lead the National Good Food Network (NGFN). 
Holly Haddad

Holly Haddad is the Associate Director for in Chicago, IL.  Her nearly 20 year background in food systems development, nonprofits and the natural foods industry has included: contributing to research at the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies at the University of Wisconsin, managing new program development at a Community Action Program in Washington, conducting Community Development Corporation research in Washington D.C., project managing national farmer training programs as a consultant and serving on the board for Slow Food Chicago.

Holly was an inaugural board member for the global action media organization World Pulse, whose mission is to lift and unite women’s voices to accelerate their impact for the world.  Holly also has a background in natural and specialty foods retail management, sales and distribution, along with direct work experience on organic family farms, with family-owned wineries and as an herbal apprentice.  She is an avid rooftop gardener, soap maker and home cook – a lifestyle inspired by her childhood garden, family meals around the table and a passion for Good Food.

Kari Hamerschlag
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Senior Food and Agriculture Analyst. Kari focuses on healthy, local, organic and sustainable food and agriculture policy. She started her career twenty years ago as an organizer, researcher and advocate for socially and environmentally sound development policy, mostly focused in Latin America. Prior to joining EWG, she worked for nearly a decade with a number of non-profits on fair trade, sustainable food and ag policy issues. Kari has a Masters from UC Berkeley in Latin American studies and City and Regional Planning. She is an avid telemark skier and loves hiking with her dog Shoki in the East Bay Hills.


Chris Pollock-Raymond
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Farmer Chris was born in Sparta, WI and lived in Illinois as well as Wisconsin and Iowa growing up. In her early 20’s she was welcomed into the Wolfgang Puck Catering family and worked for nearly 7 years in both Chicago and LA as an operations manager and also as an assistant to the chefs. Eventually this led to returning home to Wisconsin to help Chef and Manage a start up local food restaurant in Viroqua, WI. Following the local food right back to her roots, Chris met Miranda and they started a farm of their own.

They now raise heritage hogs, chickens, ducks, and dairy goats in addition to the 4 (of 5) free range children still at home. Always searching for more adventure, Chris & Miranda have now also opened a major extension to their farm and community in the form of a Main Street shop called Tulips General Store in Viroqua, WI. In the midst of all this, Chris is fiercely dedicated to local foods, local agriculture, and hopefully helping to recreate the Land Dyke movement. Joining WFAN and having the honor to participate on WFAN’s National Advisory Council is a huge blessing and Chris looks forward to working with everyone on the board to further the progress of women in agriculture everywhere.

Sapna E. Thottathil

Sapna E. Thottathil is currently a senior program associate for Healthy Food in Health Care, where she promotes sustainable food purchasing by health care institutions and organizes medical professionals around environmental policy.Her book, India’s Organic Farming Revolution: What it Means for Our Global Food System, will be out in October 2014 from the University of Iowa Press.

Sapna earned her BA from the University of Chicago, where she received the Udall Scholarship for environmental leadership, before going on to complete an MSc from Oxford University and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a recipient of a Fulbright fellowship and serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Environmental Network.

Lydia Villanueva

Lydia is an invaluable presence in the latino community of the Texas Panhandle. Her work in connecting with these farmers, as well as empowering latina women to take on powerful leadership roles, has formed her non-profit organization CASA del LLano INC into a force to be reckoned with.


Karen Washington

Karen Washington is the driving force behind the revitalization of numerous impoverished Bronx neighborhoods through the establishment of community gardens. She is a strong believer in the connection between food and greater social justice issues, and is hard at work to educate her community and provide them with adequate support through the various coalitions and food markets.

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