WELCOME TO
SWIPE OUT HUNGER

Founded by a group of friends at University of California Los Angeles in 2010, Swipe Out Hunger is the leading nonprofit addressing hunger among college students. We promote on-campus solutions, policy and advocacy pathways, and community building practices to address student hunger.

We work closely with leaders on-the-ground to not only ensure today’s students have access to meals, but to also address student hunger upstream with sustainable legislation and policies. Our national movement spans more than 450 colleges in all 50 states and Canada and has served 4.8 million nutritious meals to date.

TEAM

Jaime Hansen

Executive Director

Jaime Hansen is the Executive Director at Swipe Out Hunger. With over 20 years in the community benefit sector, Jaime has worked with national, state, and multi-county agencies to achieve stability and mission-driven success. Jaime currently resides in Boise, Idaho — a state with a strong agricultural community but large barriers to food and nutrition access. Her passion for justice and equity for basic needs is shaped by her childhood. With nomadic parents, she was offered an opportunity to live in different states across the country. Jaime has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological Sciences as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and returns to school every fall to teach Nonprofit Management at Boise State University. You can often find Jaime in the vast wilderness of Idaho on a raft or in snowshoes. She loves all things food and regularly experiments in cooking with her partner Xanti, a 5-year-old with dance fever, and their two dogs.

Josh Steinberg

Chief Operations Officer

Josh is the Chief Operations Officer at Swipe Out Hunger, where he is responsible for supporting the organization’s 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 earned his Masters in Jewish Professional Studies at Spertus College. He lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife Shani and their goldendoodle, Waldo.

Zoe Schweitzer

Vice President of Programs and Partnerships

Zoe Schweitzer is the Vice President of Programs and Partnerships 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.

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.

Renee Houle Catanzano

Director of Development

Renee Houle Catanzano is the Director of Development at Swipe Out Hunger, leading the organization’s fundraising efforts and opportunities. With more than 10 years of nonprofit fundraising experience in human services and academic settings, Renee has a unique perspective on creating financial pathways to meet organizational milestones and long-term goals. Prior to joining Swipe Out Hunger, Renee served as Capital Campaign Manager at U.S.VETS, managing the fundraising program for the development of veteran supportive housing across the country. Before U.S.VETS, she was the Capital Campaign Manager and Director of Individual Giving at Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit focused on providing everyday essentials to children in homeless and low-income situations. 


Renee’s passion lies in addressing barriers to basic needs, and she strives to engage others in improving our individual and collective well-being. Originally from Boston, MA, Renee holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from Bentley University. You can find Renee living in Los Angeles with her husband and rescue kitten Wednesday, drinking coffee, and playing her music way too loud.

Shelley Mann

Associate Director of Programs

Shelley is the Associate Director of Programs at Swipe Out Hunger. Her enthusiasm for food justice brought her to the front doors of more than 36 food banks during her many years in this work. Shelley has always been a passionate advocate for social change and believes that the answer to food equity can only be found through gender, racial, and economic justice. Shelley’s focus has primarily been in the SNAP program. Most of which has been spent developing, evaluating, and directing food bank outreach programs to ensure that people have access to the benefits they are entitled to. Shelley joins us from the Food Bank for the Heartland and lives in Nebraska.

Zoe Duffield

Advocacy and Organizing Manager

Zoe is the Advocacy and Organizing Manager at Swipe Out Hunger. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, where her passion of advocacy grew while experiencing the multitude of social change issues college students face everyday. Prior to joining Swipe Out Hunger, Zoe was a Campus Organizer with MASSPIRg Students, where she trained and developed the next generation of student activists on campaigns ranging from climate change to food insecurity. Originally from the Bay Area, Zoe now resides in Western MA, where she enjoys hiking and cooking in her free time.

Janelle Raymundo

Digital Content Manager

Janelle (she/her) is the Digital Content Manager at Swipe Out Hunger, leading the organization’s online presence and branding. She received her B.A. in Social Work from Rutgers University, where she first engaged in addressing food insecurity, sustainability, and food justice through Alternative Breaks and serving the local community. Janelle then earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont and worked closely with students while developing digital marketing and design assets for offices across campus. Prior to joining Swipe Out Hunger, she worked in marketing and communications at Rutgers University with a focus on social media and student outreach. Janelle lives in New Jersey and enjoys taking care of her plants, spending time with her dog, and cooking.

Heather Parrie

Network Engagement Manager

Heather Parrie (HP) is the Network Engagement Manager at Swipe Out Hunger, where they connect and support the organization’s network of colleges. HP got their start in anti-hunger advocacy while studying at the University of Missouri, where they worked with the on-campus food pantry and completed a SNAP internship with Feeding Missouri, providing SNAP assistance and outreach around mid-Missouri and piloting a SNAP assistance program in Missouri prisons. After Mizzou, they went to work for The Campus Kitchens Project, and based at The Campus Kitchen at Northwestern, built community partnerships, managed summer food programs, and worked with students to build and strengthen anti-hunger initiatives on their campus. Before joining the Swipe Out Hunger team, they worked for Chicago-based project development studio and restaurant group Land and Sea Department, where they helped organize their staff pandemic relief fund and food delivery program. You can find them in Chicago, hitting up their local movie theatre, taking care of their pets and plants, and dreaming of their next trip. 

Sage McCoy

Programs Manager

Sage McCoy is the Programs Manager at Swipe Out Hunger. She found her passion for working against food insecurity through her passion for college student development. Sage holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Arkansas. She fell in love with the University of Arkansas’ Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry while volunteering, and in 2019 she was excited to be hired as the staff advisor for Full Circle Food Pantry and Razorback Food Recovery programs. For 3 years, Sage worked for the Center for Community Engagement at the UofA, advising and developing the young leaders that led and operated these service-focused food programs. She brings student and leadership development skills, a lens of compassion, and a fiery determination to empower student leaders to step up, ask hard questions, and do good work for their communities. Sage lives in Northwest Arkansas where she loves bothering her 3 adorably misbehaved cats and taking off into nature to sleep in her Subaru.

Mariela Barraza

Partnerships Coordinator

Mariela is the Partnerships Coordinator at Swipe Out Hunger where she helps strengthen the engagement of campuses and anti-hunger nonprofit partners. Mariela holds a B.A. in Sociology from The University of California, Santa Barbara, where she found her passion for reliable access to nutritious food for all. Prior to joining Swipe Out Hunger, Mariela was a CalFresh, Food Security, and Basic Needs advocate at Basic Needs UCSB where she had the unique experience of helping connect students to resources as an undergraduate student herself. Mariela strongly values an intersectional lens in food justice work to best support underrepresented students and students of all backgrounds. She enjoys coming together with friends and family through food and traveling.

Christina Hasaan

Programs Coordinator

Christina Hasaan is the Programs Coordinator at Swipe Out Hunger. Christina received her B.A. in Sociology from Temple University. Before attending Temple, she transferred from the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) where she earned her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, Social Behavior. Christina is a first-generation non-traditional student who believes that knowledge is the key to success, and everyone should have access to that key. As a teen mom she fought for equal public education in her high school and as an undergraduate student she continued to connect the gap between useful education and the people who need it most. She has been involved in creating change around campus by being a part of multiple organizations. She is a Philadelphia native who also enjoys gardening and taking her children to the park. 

Christine Nguyen

Research Fellow

Christine Nguyen is a Research Fellow at Swipe Out Hunger. She holds a B.S. in Public Health Science from the University of California, Irvine, where she was first exposed to food and basic needs insecurities on campus and in the surrounding community. Prior to joining Swipe Out Hunger, Christine was the ASUCI Food Security Co-Commissioner; she worked with other undergraduates and FRESH Basic Needs Hub to provide students with support and resources, such as “Zot Out Hunger.” Christine is currently a 2nd year MPH student at UCI and spends her free time with her family, friends, and Shiba Inu, Finn.

Rennica Junio

Social Media Fellow

Rennica is the Social Media Fellow at Swipe Out Hunger. She is currently a second year pursuing a degree in communications at the University of California Los Angeles. It was at UCLA where she joined UCLA Swipe Out Hunger during her first year and eventually became the Social Media & Graphics Head, taking care of curating educational posts to inform students on food insecurity as well as advertising and marketing Swipe Out Hunger events around the community. In her free time, she loves to spend time with family, jam out to music, and geek out on Marvel.

Lia Guzman Genao

New York Organizer

Lia Guzman Genao is the New York Organizer for Swipe Out Hunger. Lia is a college student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, majoring in Law & Society with a minor in Political Science. She was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States at the age of 13. This experience has helped her understand firsthand the struggles that working-class families face on a daily basis. She strongly believes in the power of civic engagement as a way to create systemic change. Through her work, Lia hopes to uplift, empower, and advocate for people of all backgrounds in the political process.

Suha Chaudhury

CUNY 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.

Garyne Berkoh

CUNY Student Navigator

Garyne Berkoh is a 1st year MSW student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She is excited to be working as a Student Navigator because food inequality as a student is a major problem and she would love to be a part of the solution. 

Clementina Jose

CUNY Student Navigator

Clementina holds a B.A. in Psychology from CUNY Queens College and Clementina is a current first year, MSW Candidate for the Class of 2023, at CUNY Hunter College. Clementina is interested in school based mental health and mental health care access and engagement. Clementina is excited to begin her journey as a navigator because she hopes to help increase access to resources for underserved youth within the CUNY system.

Jack Pellicano

CUNY Navigator Manager

Jack (they/them) is a 2L at CUNY Law, focusing their work on legal advocacy for small businesses and for low-income queer and trans people. After over a decade in the food service industry, Jack is excited to support Swipe Out Hunger’s crucial program at CUNY. Outside of this work, Jack has three major passions; abolition, growing food in their backyard, and watching reality tv. 

Tenille Metti Bowling

Communications Consultant

Tenille Metti Bowling is a Communications Consultant at Swipe Out Hunger. Previously, Tenille served as Vice President of Communications at Swipe Out Hunger, where she led the communications strategy for the organization. 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.

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. 

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. Rashida Crutchfield

Director of the Board

Dr. Rashida Crutchfield is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and Director of the Center for Equitable Higher Education, which is a research center dedicated to studying and promoting economic, food, and housing justice. She is also an advocate committed to amplifying the voices of marginalized communities through research and service. Prior to her work at CSULB, she served on the staff of Covenant House California, a shelter for 18-to-24-year-olds experiencing homelessness. This experience blossomed a passion to support this student population.

Dr. Crutchfield was a Principal Investigator for the California State University Office of the Chancellor study on food and housing security. Her work has been instrumental in the development of programs and services for students experiencing housing and food insecurity at all 23 CSU campuses. Her continued research and advocacy on basic needs for students has garnered statewide and national attention. She has provided input on state policy and provides consultation and support to agencies, and higher education staff, faculty, and administrators across the nation. 

Dr. Crutchfield has authored or co-authored many articles, including “The starving student narrative: How normalizing deprivation reinforces basic need insecurity in higher education”Co-authored with Drs. Ronald Hallett and Jennifer Maguire, her text Addressing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education: Strategies for Educational Leaders is used as a manual for developing programs and services to support student basic needs throughout the country.

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. 

Christopher J. Nellum, PhD

Director of the Board

Dr. Christopher Nellum (he/him/his) is the Executive Director of The Education Trust–West, a nonprofit education equity organization focused on educational justice and closing achievement and opportunity gaps for students of color and students from lower-income communities from preschool through college.

Nellum co-led the creation of a three-year strategic plan and deepened the organization’s expertise in early childhood education, K-12, and higher education. He has led successful advocacy efforts to ensure equity in the K-12 accountability system, create a statewide cradle-to-career data system, address food insecurity for college students, and ensure that every high school senior completes a financial aid application before they graduate. In addition, Nellum was the founding co-chair of the California Higher Education Equity Coalition.

Before joining The Education Trust–West, Nellum was at the National Center for Institutional Diversity, Young Invincibles, and the American Council on Education. Nellum completed his undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara, master’s degree at CSU Long Beach, and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. He mentors young Black and Latinx students through his volunteer work with college access programs like Berkeley Community Scholars. Nellum serves on the Student Centered Funding Formula Oversight Committee as a gubernatorial appointee and the Cradle-to-Career Data System Policy and Analytics Advisory Group. He is also an adjunct professor of education and recently taught at the University of San Francisco, UC Davis, and the University of San Diego. Nellum is serving in the biggest role of his lifetime as a father of a baby girl. He is married to Dr. Alexis Jackson, an Oakland native and marine conservation scientist and ocean policy advocate. 

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.

FOUNDER

Rachel Sumekh

Founder and CEO Emeritus

Rachel Sumekh is the Founder and CEO Emeritus of Swipe Out Hunger, the leading nonprofit addressing college hunger.

Started in 2010 by a group of friends at UCLA, Swipe Out Hunger now spans more than 400 campuses in 50 states. Its original model is the Swipe Drive, which enables students to donate their extra meals to their peers facing food insecurity on campus. Today, Swipe Out Hunger provides on-campus solutions to colleges, policy and advocacy pathways, and student empowerment practices.

Sumekh is the original architect of the Hunger Free Campus Bill which has sent more than $70 million to colleges across five states to fund antihunger programs on campuses. Her work has been recognized by The Obama White House as a “Champion of Change,” and the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

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

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.

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.

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.

Catherine Zimmerman

Young Professionals Board Member

Catherine Zimmerman is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she studied Neuroscience and founded UD’s chapter of Swipe Out Hunger. She first became interested in food insecurity after learning about similar initiatives at nearby colleges, and her work with Swipe Out Hunger through the years has allowed her to grow as both a leader and an advocate for students in need. She has worked closely with many Swipe Out Hunger alumni and helped to create the Alumni Engagement Committee, focused on providing opportunities for graduating leaders and mentorship for current students. Catherine currently lives in Philadelphia and works in clinical research at Johnson and Johnson, where she started her career after graduating in 2020. She is so excited to continue working with Swipe Out Hunger as part of the Young Professionals Board!   

BOARD OF ADVISORS

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.

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. 

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