Some of the world's most pressing questions about health, culture, the environment, education, social justice and the global economy are all deeply connected to the food we eat and how it is produced. Our panelists will explore ideas and beliefs about how to build a food system that is good, clean and fair- The Commonwealth Club of California
Anya Fernald served as Program Director of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for three years. At CAFF, she led three primary projects active in six regions of California: a Farm-to-School program active in over 90 schools; a social venture produce distribution company; and the California Buy Fresh, Buy Local Campaign.
Fernald came to CAFF after five years with Slow Food International. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Fernald spent a post-graduate year of study as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.
Bill Fujimoto is the owner of Monterey Market in Berkeley, CA.
Sam Mogannam is author of Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food, and is second-generation owner of Bi-Rite Market and founder of Bi-Rite Creamery, 18 Reasons, and Bi-Rite Farms. Sam stepped into the family grocery business in 1997, after working as a chef at his own restaurant, and transformed the market into a culinary landmark.
Naomi Starkman is the Communications & Policy Director of Slow Food Nation.
Starkman brings her extensive skills as a media consultant to The New Yorker, Conde Nast Portfolio, GQ and WIRED magazines.
She was previously a senior publicist at Newsweek and the Director of Communications for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). From 1997 to 2000, she served as Deputy Executive Director of the S.F. Ethics Commission.
Starkman works with various clients on food policy and advocacy and is an aspiring organic grower, having worked on several farms. She holds a double B.A. in International Relations and German from S.F. State University, and a J.D. from Santa Clara Law School.
Anya Fernald, Director of Slow Food Nation, addresses the perception that slow, sustainable food is available only to the wealthy and suggests policy and cultural shifts that can bring it to entire communities.