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CAFB Board of Directors List
 

Leadership Team

     
 

Kathleen Odne, Interim Executive Director

Kathleen Odne joined CAFB in 2019 as Interim Executive Director. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation, a family foundation making grants in northern California, from 1994-2017. She now serves on their board of trustees. Additionally, she currently serves on the board of John Muir Health and the Walnut Creek Library Foundation. A native of Chicago, she holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Kathleen lives in Walnut Creek with her husband, John.

kathleen@cafoodbanks.org

     
 

Andrew Cheyne, Director of Government Affairs

Andrew Cheyne oversees CAFB’s state and federal policy agenda to address hunger and poverty, including legislative, budgetary and administrative initiatives. He also works to build the capacity of food banks, agencies, and clients to lead advocacy efforts. Recent achievements include first-ever General Fund support for CalFood that enables food banks to purchase California grown foods, enhancing the Farm to Food Bank Tax Credit and expanding the state Good Samaritan Food Donation liability protections. Andrew works across a broad portfolio from public benefits to food waste and other issues that affect food security. He has put a particular emphasis on multi-sector collaborations. Prior to joining CAFB, Andrew directed the research program at the Berkeley Media Studies Group, a leading media advocacy organization assisting public health advocates achieve policy victories. Andrew holds a Candidate in Philosophy and a Masters degree in Sociology from UC San Diego, and a BA cum laude in American Studies from Northwestern University.

andrew@cafoodbanks.org / (510) 350-9915

     
 

Rex Dunn, Director of Finance & Administration

Rex Dunn joined CAFB in 2018 to manage our finance and admin needs. Previously, he enjoyed a 33-year career with a multinational company, managing finance and business planning departments in the US, South America, and Africa. When he retired, he began an encore career by putting those financial-management skills to use with local non-profit organizations. Over the last 10 years he has served as CFO for non-profit agencies as diverse as a hospice, an organization providing support to survivors of sexual assault, family support services to keep children out of the foster care system, and an association of public hospitals. He also serves as Treasurer on the board of the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County. He particularly enjoys working with people who bring a variety of perspectives to the table, as these organizations have brought to his life. Rex has a degree in accounting from San Jose State University. After living overseas for almost 15 years, he and his wife re-settled in Berkeley. They both enjoy active travel and cooking, and they share a keen interest in making certain everyone can share in the Bay Area’s food bounty.

rex@cafoodbanks.org / (510) 350-9904

     
     
 

Terry Garner, Member Services Director

Terry Garner joined CAFB in 2004 to direct a 22-county rural and remote food bank capacity building project. While at CAFB Terry has also managed a state and federally funded nutrition education contract. Terry holds a BA from University of Tennessee and a Master of Arts from San Francisco State. Throughout her career, Terry has worked in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining CAFB, Terry worked as the Program Manager for Redwood Empire Food Bank in Sonoma County.  

terry@cafoodbanks.org / (510) 350-9911

     
 

Lauren Lathan Reid, Director of Communications

Lauren Lathan Reid joined CAFB in 2018 to lead communications strategy that advances hunger awareness, advocacy, and action. For more than a decade, Lauren has spearheaded communications, policy, and engagement programs — both in-house and as an independent consultant. Prior to joining CAFB she focused her efforts on healthcare reform, government transparency, civic engagement, organized labor, and child safety. She holds degrees in Visual Communication and English from the University of Miami. Lauren lives in Oakland with her wife.

lauren@cafoodbanks.org / (415) 200-9468

     
 

Steve Linkhart, Director of Farm to Family

Steve Linkhart joined CAFB in 2013, bringing more than 25 years of operations experience to the Farm to Family program. Before, Steve spent 11 years serving as the Director of Operations and Technology for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Steve is well known throughout our network thanks to his past work and brings his advanced knowledge and expertise in logistics, inventory management, and program management to work for CAFB.

stevelinkhart@cafoodbanks.org / (510) 350-9916

     
 

Stephanie Nishio, Director of Programs

Stephanie Nishio joined CAFB in 2010 as the Director of Programs. Previously, Stephanie managed federally-funded nutrition education, food security, and outreach contractors and grantees; she also taught community college nutrition courses. Stephanie holds a Master of Public Health degree from UC Berkeley and a BS in Nutrition from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is also a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist.

stephanie@cafoodbanks.org / (510) 350-9905