WELCOME TO
SWIPE OUT HUNGER

OUR ROOTS

Founded by a group of friends at University of California Los Angeles in 2010, Swipe Out Hunger is a leading nonprofit addressing hunger among college students. We implement and support commonsense and innovative solutions to campus hunger, including our flagship program, “The Swipe Drive,” where students with extra dining hall meal swipes can donate them to their peers.

We work closely with each campus to design and develop anti-hunger programs, tailored to the unique needs of each community. Our national movement spans more than 130 colleges and has served 2.4 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. Their innovative approach allows university students to donate the unused funds from their meal plans to food insecure peers. In 2017, Swipe Out Hunger 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. This legislation has since been replicated in New Jersey and introduced in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

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.

Zoe Schweitzer

Director of Programs

Zoe Schweitzer is the Director of Programs at Swipe Out Hunger. She has a unique strategic approach due to her experience at the intersection of nutrition, sustainability, program management, outreach, and marketing and a passion for making delicious and healthy food accessible to all.

Prior to joining Swipe Out Hunger, Zoe led educational food programming for Compass at Google. Earlier, she managed programs and grants across public agencies to improve nutrition, food access, and health equity across Los Angeles County. She has multi-sector experience with government agencies, nonprofits, school districts, and community groups.

Zoe holds a M.S. in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She received a B.A. in Art and the Urban Environment from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study that derived from her interest and experience in design, the built environment, and communications. Zoe enjoys exploring foods across the globe and from her kitchen.

Emily Kass

Community Engagement Manager

Emily is the Community Engagement Manager at Swipe Out Hunger, where she convenes and supports Swipe Out Hunger’s dedicated national network of college students, administrators, and campus affiliates. 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 [email protected].

Alexa Aburto

Programs Strategist

Alexa is the Programs Strategist at Swipe Out Hunger. She collaborates with college student leaders and administrators to implement on-campus anti-hunger campus initiatives, facilitates connections among basic needs advocates throughout the Swipe network, and cultivates strategic partner relationships. Her commitment to food justice drives her daily work in bolstering campus efforts to alleviate student food insecurity through nation-wide programming steeped in racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Before joining the Swipe Out Hunger team, Alexa worked at Teach For America to recruit and train teachers throughout California to advance educational equity among students of color. Alexa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. You can reach Alexa at [email protected].

Robb Friedlander

Director of Advocacy

Robb is the Director of Advocacy at Swipe Out Hunger, where he drives forward national and local advocacy campaigns focused on ending student hunger through campus, regional, and national solutions as part of the Research & Development Lab.

Robb’s passion for organizing students for change began more than a decade ago and has extended into many different movements. From organizing disenfranchised communities for candidate campaigns, immigrant families for comprehensive immigration reform, or students for climate justice, he continues to believe in the power of grassroots movements to change our country.

Before coming to Swipe Out Hunger, Robb served as the Advocacy Manager at Feeding America, where he organized and grew the advocacy power of our nation’s more than 200 food banks.

Robb is fired up and ready to go, to keep building the movement he knows will one-day end hunger in America.

Robb is originally from Kansas City (Go Chiefs!) and graduated from Hofstra University on Long Island, NY. You can find Robb in Brooklyn, NY living with his wife, adorable dog KayCee, and all the craft beer he can drink. If email is easier for you than visiting Brooklyn, you can email at [email protected]

Curtis Hill

Emerson Fellow

Curtis Hill is the Emerson Hunger Fellow at Swipe Out Hunger and the Congressional Hunger Center. In his role, he will be leading the advancement of the College SNAP Project and policies to advance support for student basic needs. A native of Lexington, Mississippi, Curtis graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in English. His passion for social justice began in the eighth grade while working with the non-profit Nollie Jenkins Center to help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline tract and research ways to alleviate food insecurity in Holmes County. A former Associated Student Body Judicial Council Member and Congressional Intern for Representative Bennie Thompson, Curtis also served as a Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) Scholar with the McLean Institute. Curtis spent the summer of his junior year assisting migrant families in Spain to find jobs and housing and facilitating career development and resume building workshops in Holmes County. Curtis can be reached at [email protected].

Haley Schusterman

National Advocacy Fellow

Haley Schusterman is the National Advocacy Fellow at Swipe Out Hunger, where she supports our grassroots movement to pass legislation such as the Hunger-Free Campus Act across the country. Haley’s passion for food justice developed when she regularly volunteered at the University of Southern California’s campus food pantry. After graduating with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Nonprofits, Philanthropy and Volunteerism, she served as a Food Justice Fellow for Repair the World. As a Fellow, Haley spent the year working with the Food Bank for New York City, strengthening the provision of emergency food assistance to food-insecure New Yorkers. After, she worked with Hazon to coordinate the launch of the Jewish Youth Climate Movement, empowering youth climate activists nationwide. Haley is currently earning her Master’s in Food Studies at NYU Steinhardt with a specialization in Policy & Advocacy. In her free time, she can be found trying out new vegetarian recipes, exploring New York’s farmer’s markets, reading and hiking. You can reach Haley at [email protected]

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 [email protected]

Vivian Nguyen

Social Media Fellow

Vivian Nguyen is the Social Media Fellow at Swipe Out Hunger, where she creates compelling content on Swipe Out Hunger’s social media platforms. Vivian is a full time, first generation student, studying Bioengineering at the University of California, Merced. She created a small jewelry business, where she generated 1.3 million views on TikTok and gained over 1,000 followers in one week. As a strong believer in the movement to end student hunger, Vivian hopes to implement her skills into Swipe Out Hunger’s social platforms and spread awareness for students like her. Originally from Sacramento, she loves going on hikes and taking road trips all across Northern California.

Josh Steinberg

Development and Operations Manager

Josh is the Development and Operations Manager at Swipe Out Hunger, where he is responsible for supporting the organization’s financial and organizational sustainability. Josh was born in Liverpool, England and grew up in Northwest Indiana. During college, Josh developed a passion for understanding the sociopolitical and economic underpinnings of hunger and food insecurity worldwide, especially while working in the office of Senator Richard Lugar where Josh focused his research on global food security for The Lugar Center. After graduating from Indiana University, Josh worked for the Illinois Department of Public Health, where he helped write legislation advocating for healthy communities throughout Illinois. Prior to joining Swipe Out Hunger, Josh was the Program Director at Tzedek America, where he developed educational programs for teens and young adults that focused on social justice issues in Los Angeles from a Jewish perspective. Josh is currently earning his Masters in Jewish Professional Studies at Spertus College. He lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife Shani and their goldendoodle, Waldo. You can reach Josh at [email protected]

Nisha Shankar

Development Fellow

Nisha Shankar is the Development Fellow at Swipe Out Hunger, where she assists with supporting the organization’s financial and organizational sustainability. Born and raised in New Jersey, Nisha received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, with minors in French and International and Global Studies. In college, Nisha was very involved in the Alternative Breaks organization, serving as co-president and learning about issues including food insecurity, homelessness, human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, and addiction. She was also a member of student government, where she participated in the Rutgers chapter of Swipe Out Hunger’s Swipe Drive, and a diversity peer educator, where she facilitated workshops and discussions to educate peers about social justice issues. After graduation, Nisha worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a wealth management analyst and at Rutgers as the program coordinator for the Office of Leadership and Experiential Learning, where she planned campus events, taught leadership development classes, and advised students. She can be reached at [email protected].

CUNY STUDENT FOOD NAVIGATORS

Karla Ignacio

Navigator Manager

Karla Ignacio is a sociology major with a concentration in Education, Social Inequities & Urban Studies. She is excited for this program because CUNY students deserve better and food security is owed.

Suha Chaudhury

Student Navigator

Suha Chaudhury is a sophomore at Baruch College. She is currently majoring in economics and is planning to study law. She is excited to be working as a navigator because it is a way for her to give back to the CUNY community and help her fellow students.

Ghazal Khaqan

Student Navigator

Ghazal Khaqan goes to CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and her field of study is Population Health Informatics. The CUNY Navigator Program not only allows her to help students, but also gives her the satisfaction that she is making a positive difference, even if it is just for one person. As a student, she understands the struggles that college students go through and being there for them makes her very happy.

Jessica Rosario

Student Navigator

Jessica Rosario is a first-generation college student and Higher Education advocate in her senior year at John Jay College of Criminal Justice pursuing her B.A. in Political Science. She has worked tirelessly to push for increased funding in the City University of New York (CUNY) through campus organizing, peer education, and lobbying in Albany. Her mission has always been to help people in my community, since starting at CUNY she has worked to empower, engage, and support my peers. This program allows her to connect with students across CUNY by sharing her own story, providing them a safe space to ask questions and seek resources so they may focus on their education.

Christal Yu

Student Navigator

Christal Yu is a Human Services & Community Justice student at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she builds her passion for an equitable tomorrow. She sees this in every student she works with and collectively, as Food Navigators combat food insecurity, unemployment, mental health concerns, etc. together during times as unexplored as the pandemic. Students leave the CUNY Navigator program feeling empowered and hopeful, proving that students have the tools within their communities and that students, as individuals, can make this vision reality.

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.

David Croom

Director of the Board

David Croom is assistant director for postsecondary achievement and innovation of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, where he leads the Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents (PSP) Initiative. Centered on a two-generation (2Gen) approach, which focuses on creating opportunities to address the needs of children and the adults in their lives simultaneously, the PSP Initiative urges postsecondary leaders to identify and meet the needs of student parents and their families, by connecting with policymakers to strengthen political will among states and regions, and bringing innovative family-support models to the forefront. 

Prior to joining Ascend, David was HBCU Lead and Higher Education Designer at Education Design Lab where he led an institutional engagement with UNCF’s Career Pathways Initiative. For over four years, David was a strategy officer in Lumina Foundation’s Washington, D.C. office where he focused on the Foundation’s work to advance federal policy and pursue issues pertaining to postsecondary finance, both toward the goal of increased attainment of high-quality credentials. Before Lumina, he was a policy analyst focused on federal postsecondary education in ACT’s office of strategic initiatives and, during graduate school, spent a year working at nonprofit PolicyLink with their California Boys and Men of Color Initiative work as well as consulting the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and nonprofit California Competes. His first foray into federal policy was as congressional aide to Congresswoman Maxine Waters, tasked with the member’s education portfolio with a specific emphasis on regulation of for-profit higher education.

David currently serves on the board of Swipe Out Hunger and Raise the Barr. Native to South Florida but now a resident of Washington, DC, David holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management with a minor in political science.

Dr. Ralph Levinson

Director of the Board

Dr. Ralph Levinson is a Health Sciences Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), where he taught, researched, and practiced medicine. His specific research focused 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 was not teaching medicine or mentoring young health care professionals, he wrote two books for older children. Since retiring, Dr. Levinson has fallen in love with volunteering at the California Science Center and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, sharing the joy of discovery and nature with children of all ages. 

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. 

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.

Ruth Suzman

Director of the Board

Ruth Suzman is a dedicated volunteer, philanthropist, and non-profit advisor. Having earned degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Yale University, today Ruth works with organizations that help advance social justice and organizations that help strengthen the Jewish community. She is currently serving as global board chair for BBYO, the leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement. Nationally, Ruth is a board member of the Vanderbilt University Hillel (Nashville), she serves on the advisory council of the College of Liberal Arts at UT (Austin) and on the board of directors of the MB and Edna Zale Foundation (Dallas). In her local work, Ruth is Chair Emerita of the Board of the Westchester Community College Foundation, and a member of the advisory council to the Westchester Community Foundation (local division of the NY Community Trust). Additionally, Ruth serves as a member of the Visiting Committee to the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC). She is proud to be a part of the movement to end hunger on college campuses.

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!

Evan Shum

Young Professionals Board Member

Evan Shum is a graduate of the University of California, Davis where he studied Physiology/Biology (Exercise) with double minors in Economics and Technology Management. As a sophomore, Evan founded Swipe Out Hunger at his university after recognizing a growing need to address student food insecurity. Evan currently lives in San Francisco/Chicago working as an investment banker in J.P. Morgan’s Consumer & Retail group. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he worked as a strategy consultant at Accenture and as a TMT M&A junior analyst at GP Bullhound.

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

Radhika Samant

CFO Advisor

Radhika Samant is the Chief Financial Officer at Welcome Software where she leads Finance, People, Business Operations and Legal. She has over 25 years of experience in the Venture Capitalist-backed SaaS space and has raised over $100 million in financing through her career. Her passion is in building highly efficient organizations with fiscally responsible cores. She spends her free time mentoring young professionals and loves seeing them succeed. Radhika completed her Chartered Accountancy in India and then her CPA in the US. 

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.

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.

Eva Van Brunt

Advisory Board Member

Eva Van Brunt is a public relations and crisis communications consultant in Los Angeles. She has over two decades of experience developing and implementing the communications and media outreach strategy for law firms, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and small businesses. For the past 11 years, she has been operating EVB Consulting and working predominantly with Southern California lawyers to amplify their brands and develop strategy around high visibility matters. Prior to that, she was the West Coast Media Relations Manager for the largest international law firm in the world, DLA Piper LLP. She has engineered communications strategy around biotech, intellectual property, prominent litigation, major corporate transactions and pro bono initiatives.
Eva is also a member of the California Bar and practiced corporate law at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in Los Angeles. She began her career in the cut-throat world of Massachusetts politics, working for former Congressman
Joseph Kennedy, and then cut her corporate communication teeth at some of the world’s largest and most recognizable public relations firms, including Burson Marsteller and Porter Novelli. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Nick and their two boys.

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

College Students Struggle to Enroll in SNAP—but Peer Support Programs Help

Civil Eats

As more students face food insecurity during the pandemic, student navigators at the City University of New York help clear SNAP sign-up hurdles.

More Than 3 Million College Students Who Can’t Afford Food May Be Eligible for Expanded SNAP Benefits

Money.com

On any given day, Christal Yu fields about 10 texts and emails from fellow students asking about food pantries, rental assistance, or low-cost textbooks. A student at Borough of Manhattan Community College, she balances schoolwork with her role as a student navigator, guiding peers to critical resources.

Swipe Out Hunger’s CUNY Student Food Navigator Program works toward ending student hunger

The Ticker

Swipe Out Hunger’s CUNY Student Food Navigator Program is a digital referral service for CUNY students struggling with food insecurity as part of its mission to address college hunger.