WELCOME TO
SWIPE OUT HUNGER

OUR ROOTS

Founded by a group of friends at UCLA in 2010, Swipe Out Hunger has become a leading nonprofit addressing hunger among college students. We provide both commonsense and innovative solutions to campus hunger including our flagship program, “The Swipes Drive,” where students with extra dining hall meal swipes can donate them to their peers.

Our team is dedicated to establishing new meal share programs, helping existing programs become more effective, and serving as a voice of student hunger to the public. Our national movement spans over 80 colleges and has served 1.7 million nutritious meals to date.

TEAM

Rachel Sumekh

Founder & CEO

Rachel Sumekh is the Founder & CEO of Swipe Out Hunger. The organization is the leading nonprofit in addressing hunger amongst college students. Her work has been recognized by The Obama White House, The New York Times and landed her on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.

Swipe Out Hunger began in 2010 with a few friends as a college project at UCLA. Since, it has grown onto over 80 universities, serving 1.7 million nourishing meals. Their innovative approach allows university students to donate the unused funds from their meal plans to food insecure peers. Earlier this year the organization was called upon to author a piece of legislation to address college student hunger. The state of California adopted the legislation and put $20+ million behind it.

Before launching Swipe Out Hunger full time, Rachel followed her millennial urge to change the world and served those facing poverty as a case manager in Chicago. Rachel serves on the board of her spiritual community, IKAR, and is a proud graduate of UCLA. She credits her upbringing as the child of Iranian Jewish immigrants for her intersectional perspective.

Marissa Schnitman

Vice President of Programs

Marissa is the Vice President of Programs at Swipe Out Hunger, where she oversees campus partnerships and engagement. Marissa is a fourth generation Los Angeleno and a graduate from Wesleyan University, where she received a BA in Sociology. Her family is in the restaurant business so food has always been an important part of her identity.

At a young age she became aware of the food-related inequalities in the LA community and this inspired her passion for food activism. During high school and college she coordinated various anti-hunger programs and after college she spent two years at LIFT-LA, where she focused on program evaluation and quality assurance. Marissa is thrilled to get back to her food roots and continue to combat poverty with the Swipe Out Hunger team!

You can reach her at marissa@swipehunger.org.

Maddie Alpert McCarthy

Chief Strategy Officer

Maddie is the Chief Strategy Officer at Swipe Out Hunger, where she leads programmatic research and development and supports with strategic partnerships for the organization. Maddie is originally from Los Angeles and developed her love for food at a young age, spending high school trying new recipes every weekend and working in kitchens during summer breaks. At Vassar College, she delved into food accessibility and grassroots movements worldwide, writing her senior thesis on the significance of ancestral agriculture for communities in Nicaragua and was funded by an educational travel grant.

Since graduating with a B.A. in International Studies, Maddie has worked at Pixar Animation Studios
in the internal education department and at leCupboard, a preventative healthcare food startup. She is thrilled to be working directly with inspiring students to increase food security across the country. Maddie will still be spending weekends in her kitchen tweaking her favorite recipes and overwhelming her housemates with too much food.

You can reach Maddie at maddie@swipehunger.org 

Emily Kass

National Programs Coordinator

Emily is the National Programs Coordinator at Swipe Out Hunger, where she partners with student leaders, university administrators, and campus affiliates to implement and grow meal donation programs. Emily is from Thousand Oaks, CA and graduated with a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, where she led tours as a Campus Ambassador and worked in Alumni Engagement at the Cal Alumni Association. Her interest in food justice began in her role on the Challah for Hunger Executive Board at Berkeley Hillel, where she co-coordinated the 2015 UC Berkeley Food Access and Food Security Summit. After graduation she moved to State College, PA to work as the Social Justice Coordinator at Penn State Hillel, where she mentored student leaders in community service organizations and dove into experiential learning as a Springboard Ezra Fellow. She firmly believes in college students’ potential to change the world, and can’t wait to help them do so one meal at a time. She loves to cook, craft, travel, and flea market bargain hunt. You can reach Emily at emily@swipehunger.org.

Tenille Metti Bowling

Director of Communications

Tenille Metti Bowling is the Director of Communications at Swipe Out Hunger, where she leads the communications strategy for the organization. As someone who is deeply committed to food justice and equity, she is dedicated to expanding access to nutritious meals for students through Swipe Out Hunger’s programs.

Prior to joining Swipe Out Hunger, Tenille was the Assistant Communications Manager at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Over the course of her seven years there, Tenille served in the communications, programs, and grants management departments, supporting the organization’s mission in a variety of roles. Before the Hilton Foundation, Tenille worked at the Peace Development Fund, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, focused on community-based grantmaking for social justice. Tenille holds a Master of Public Diplomacy degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Minor in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Francisco. In her free time, Tenille loves traveling, cooking and spending time outdoors.

You can reach Tenille at tenille@swipehunger.org.

Unagh Frank

Innovation & Media Fellow

Unagh is an Innovation and Media Fellow at Swipe Out Hunger, currently finishing her undergraduate degree in Documentary Studies and Production and Anthropology at Ithaca College. Unagh is passionate about connecting with people and strongly believes in the power of storytelling, aiming to help provide people with the resources they need to tell their stories. Her interest in food justice began with her involvement in Hillel as an engagement intern and volunteering with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s mobile food pantry. She connected with Swipe Out Hunger to bring a chapter to Ithaca College, reallocating unused meals to other students on campus. Unagh is so excited to be continuing her work with Swipe Out Hunger and is looking forward to being able to help those involved with this organization share their unique realities to influence others and continue to advocate for food security. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Libby Jacobson

Chair of the Board

Libby Jacobson is a business development and strategy consultant for nascent impact enterprises in the greater Los Angeles area. Libby’s background includes 13 years Wall Street experience in institutional equity research and sales. While raising her four children, she spent many years volunteering. It was then that she realized the need to create sustainable solutions for issues affecting her local and global communities. Addressing homelessness has been her passion and priority.

Libby is a Chartered Financial Analyst and earned an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin and an M.S. in Social Entrepreneurship from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab at USC, the Social Enterprise committee for Downtown Women’s Center and is Chairman of the Executive Board for Swipe Out Hunger. Currently, she is also involved with outreach to homeless young adults at Safe Place for Youth where she is helping to build out their social enterprise, as well.

Michael Block

Director of the Board

Michael Block is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He began his career at Hasbro and continues in the toy and game industry with over 20 year’s experience in international sales and marketing. In addition, he has been in the health and wellness industry for the past 10 years owning greenmonkey® yoga and currently is a private investor in several initiatives. He currently sits on the Boards of Voices for Children, Feeding South Florida,  Swipe Out Hunger and the Block Family Foundation. Michael earned his BA from American University. 

Sheri Conn

Director of the Board

Sheri Conn is a strategic marketing and business management executive who has driven world-class brands for over 20 years in the entertainment, experiences and consumer goods industries.  Specializing in new and turn-around business growth, Sheri consistently generated double and triple-digit performance gains for The Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks Animation, Paramount Pictures, M&M Mars and Kimberly-Clark.

Sheri launched The Consultancy Project in 2017 to offer strategic solutions that accelerate performance and maximize monetization for entertainment, lifestyle and start-up clients such as Seth MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door Productions, CAA-backed Platform One Media, entertainment streaming app 10 Block, fitness app PK Coin and social cause amplifier Creative Action Network.  Sheri serves on the Board of Directors for Swipe Out Hunger, a non-profit dedicated to eliminating hunger on college campuses nationwide.

Sheri has keynoted and presented at a number of events such as the Sydney Brand Forum, Brand Innovators: Millennials Summit, Innovation Enterprise: Brand Strategy Summit and Enso: Empowering Women and Girls through Media.  Sheri earned her MBA in Marketing and BS in Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and completed a professional development program at Harvard University.

Michael Flood

Director of the Board

Michael has served as the Chief Executive of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank since 2000. During his tenure, the Food Bank has started new programs to increase food distribution and launched new hunger education and public policy initiatives. A Los Angeles native, Michael has been in “food banking” since 1990 working previously for the Redwood Empire Food Bank and the Contra Costa Food Bank. Michael has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Food Banks and also has served as a member of Board of Directors of Feeding America and as Chairman of the California Senior Brown Bag Association. 

Michael earned his MBA and BA degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia where he was an All-American soccer player. He enjoyed a brief professional soccer career with the Chicago Sting in the now-defunct North American Soccer League. He is still involved in sports as a volunteer soccer and baseball coach. Michael is also a member of the Los Angeles- 5 Rotary Club, Town Hall and the UCLA Extension Dean’s Advisory Board. 

David Nasser Haverim

Director of the Board

David is a businessman having launched and run several successful businesses in the garment industry after moving to the states with little to start. David turned to invest his successes in philanthropy through his nonprofit World Unity Organization that supports local efforts to bring people together. He has his B.A. from the Florida International University . 

Dr. Ralph Levinson

Director of the Board

Dr. Ralph Levinson is a Health Sciences Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), where he currently teaches, researches, and practices medicine. His specific research focuses on immunogenetics and mechanisms of uveitis, as well as clinical studies of uveitis. His work has been published extensively and he has also earned numerous awards in his field of ophthalmology. When Dr. Levinson is not teaching medicine or mentoring young health care professionals, he is a children’s author. Having a career at a public university, Swipe Out Hunger is close to Dr. Levinson’s heart as he has seen the prevalence of food insecurity on college campuses. 

Sanjay Reddy

Director of the Board

Sanjay is a co-founding partner of Unlock Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm focused on investing in tech companies in Seattle and Los Angeles. Sanjay has demonstrated successes in diverse arenas, including M&A banking on Wall Street (Salomon Smith Barney), entertainment and digital media in Hollywood (Gemstar-TV Guide), and technology in Silicon Valley (Covad Communications). Apart from being an executive at mid-size and large cap public companies, Sanjay also has broad experience with private technology startups (as a co-founder/investor/advisor/operator) and has successfully completed the sale of the last three companies he has worked at, including the public sale of Gemstar-TV Guide in 2008.

Sanjay currently serves on the board of the Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UCLA Anderson; he holds a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA in Finance from UCLA Anderson.

Ben Woo

Director of the Board

Ben Woo is the Founder and Managing Director of QC Strategy, a research-based consultancy that lives in the gap between ad agencies and strategy consulting firms. Having worked for both in the past (TBWA\Chiat\Day and Monitor Group, respectively), he draws on his marketing strategy and growth strategy experience in a breadth of industries including consumers goods, healthcare, technology and not-for-profit.

Ben holds a B.A. from Northwestern University in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, and spends his free time cooking, surfing, golfing, volunteering, and going to concerts.

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS BOARD

Jessie Abrams

Young Professionals Board Member

Jessica Abrams is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). While at Penn, Jessie co-founded Swipe Out Hunger, which ultimately inspired her senior thesis examining the rise and evolution of America’s public and private hunger response networks and the ways in which they can adapt to best meet the needs of food insecure individuals. Jessie currently lives in Chicago and works on the investment team at Valor Equity Partners. Jessie started her career on the investment team at GCM Grosvenor after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017.

Bryan Berger

Young Professionals Board Member

Bryan Berger attended Northwestern University where he studied Manufacturing and Design Engineering, learning to build human-centered solutions to complex problems. As a sophomore at Northwestern, Bryan founded and led the Swipe Out Hunger NU chapter, formerly Points for a Purpose, and continued his involvement after graduation as an Alumni Mentor and now as co-chair of the Young Professional Board.

Bryan began his career working in consumer product development at 3M and has since moved to Antwerp, Belgium where he is working as an innovation consultant for a boutique agency called Board of Innovation. He works with corporates and non-profits across the world helping to build their innovation capabilities in order to create disruptive solutions to the worlds biggest challenges. 

Alicia Kranjc

Young Professionals Board Member

Alicia Kranjc attended Northwestern University and majored in Manufacturing and Design Engineering. In college, she was also a tour guide, community leader for Design for America, a founding member of the Swipe Out Hunger NU chapter, and a Finance Lead for Dance Marathon. After graduating in 2016, Alicia stayed in Chicago to work at a MedTech company called NowPow that addresses social determinants of health.

Liza Lansing

Young Professionals Board Member

Liza Lansing attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Communications as well as co-founded Penn’s Swipe Out Hunger chapter, an endeavor that taught her as much about navigating a bureaucracy as it did about food insecurity. Liza resides in Chicago where she works at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, she spent two years at Digitas after graduating from Penn in 2017. She is excited to continue her involvement in Swipe Out Hunger!

Sacha Ledan

Young Professionals Board Member

Sacha is a French/American/Persian who grew up in France but has lived in the US for over 10 years. Sacha has a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and a MSC in Management from ESCP Europe. At UCLA, he followed the creation and development of Swipe Out Hunger and is excited to be a member of the YPB. Sacha previously founded and grew an international nonprofit in Europe doing case study competitions in tops schools (Cambridge, HEC, Bocconi, etc.) and with corporate sponsors such as Bloomberg and Henkel. He passed on the reigns so it could remain student run and today works at Stanford’s startup accelerator, StartX, where he negotiates paid partnerships with Global 500 companies that want to make deals with StartX’s startups.

Nina Yun

Young Professionals Board Member

Nina grew up in Los Angeles and Seoul, and graduated from NYU. Upon graduation, she worked at a bank in New York for a year and a half before moving to Seoul, where she worked at an accounting firm for a little over a year. Since April, she has been back in LA working at Netflix in their Content Strategy and Analysis group. She always had a strong interest in working with hunger organizations and was excited when she found Swipe Out Hunger.

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Amy Schulman

Advisory Board Member

Amy Schulman is a healthcare investor and managing partner at Polaris Partners and LSPIF. Amy joined Polaris in 2014, bringing her commercial expertise to the startup biotech community. She currently represents Polaris investments on boards and as executive chair of SQZ Biotech, and as the active CEO and co-founder of Lyndra. She is also a director of publicly traded Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Cyclerion Pharmaceuticals. Amy is also on the faculty of the Harvard Business School.

Prior to joining Polaris, Amy was the general counsel of Pfizer, president of Pfizer Nutrition, and was instrumental in its sale to Nestle for $11.85 billion in 2012. Soon after, Amy became the president of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

Amy has received numerous awards including Xconomy’s 2017 Newcomer Award, Scientific American’s 2015 Worldview 100 List, Fierce Biotech’s 2014 Top 15 Women in Biotech, and Fortune Magazine’s 2013 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University and earned her J.D. from Yale Law School.

Abby Fifer Mandell

Advisory Board Member

Abby Fifer Mandell is the Executive Director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab (BSEL) at USC’s Marshall School of Business and teachesSocial Innovation Design Lab and Social Innovation Design, courses in which interdisciplinary teams of students use design thinking to create products for underresourced communities in California.  In 2018, she won the Academy of Management Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award.

Prior to joining the Lab staff, Abby served as the Director of Admissions of the graduate school of education at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. As a private consultant for Brailsford & Dunlavey, she designed educational programs and facilities at Duke University, The University of Vermont, Dartmouth University, and UC Riverside, among others. Abby has taught students in every grade from kindergarten to graduate school and her research has been published in ACUI’s The BulletinUniversity Business, and NACAS’s College Service.

Abby was instrumental in creating LimmudLA, a grassroots, communal learning experience in Southern California and is an active member of IKAR. She holds a master’s degree in educational administration and received a B.A. in Religious Studies and American Studies from the University of Virginia, where she was student body president.  Abby is a Wexner Heritage Fellow and serves on the advisory boards of United Parents & Students and the board of Question Box, a hardware and helpline program solution that connects people in remote villages around the world.

Jeremy Forman

Advisory Board Member

Jeremy is a Chicago-based entrepreneur with variety of experience and interests. Over the past 20 years, he’s been involved with a number of start-up ventures as well as over $50 Million of commercial real estate development and investment.  In 2012, Jeremy met Rachel Sumekh through a mentorship program for non-profit start-ups when she was just starting to take on the challenges of food insecurity at College campuses with a small project, but big vision. Jeremy holds a B.A in Advertising from Drake University and an MBA in Strategic Management from National Lewis University.

Glen Friedman

Advisory Board Member

Glen L. Friedman, is the President and Founder, Ideas & Solutions! Inc.  Recognized as a Cable Pioneer, Friedman has participated in the evolution of the entertainment industry. From satellite TV to streaming apps on a mobile phone, Glen has helped shape how consumers, literally, view Hollywood. For over three decades, Glen has been on the forefront of major media change with his key involvement in the launch of DIRECTV, XM Satellite Radio, High Speed Internet, television for mobile devices, mobile content measurement and other important technological advances. As Principal of Ideas & Solutions! for the past 20+ years, Glen has thought outside the box as a consultant. From start-ups to huge conglomerates – including long-running, multiyear engagements with such companies as DIRECTV, Fox, Discovery and the Saban Capital Group – his insights into marketing and business strategies, as well as the rapidly evolving trends in technology, have been crucial to his clients’ success. Glen has a B.S., Management and Organizational Behavior from Babson College. He completed the Executive Management Program, University of Denver.  He is active with many local and national nonprofit organizations and was awarded the Inspiration Award from Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles for outstanding commitment to youth and families.

MEDIA RECOGNITION

Nonprofit Seeks to ‘Democratize Dining Halls’ to End College Hunger

Cheddar

Universities are often thought of as elite institutions of learning, not places rife with hunger where students face routine instances of food insecurity. Yet one organization, Swipe Out Hunger, is tackling the issue head-on.

Tuition or Dinner? Nearly Half of College Students Surveyed in a New Report Are Going Hungry

The New York Times

Many routinely skip meals and take ‘poverty naps’ because they cannot afford groceries. Campus food pantries are helping, but are they enough?

How It Feels to Go On a Hunger Strike

Eater

What does it mean to transform eating from a personal experience to a political act and back again? Eater spoke with four people who undertook a hunger strike, each for a different cause. What follows are their stories in their own words.