Mike Lufkin

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Mike Lufkin is the Local Food Economy Manager for King County, and is responsible for overseeing the implementation of King County Executive Constantine’s Local Food Initiative, which seeks to strengthen the local food economy and increase access to healthy, affordable food. 

Towards that end, Mike works with food and farm stakeholders across the county to develop and implement projects and actions that help achieve the goals of the Initiative. Mike is an attorney by training with more than 15 years of experience helping public and private sector organizations solve complex land and natural resource challenges, and has a long track record of developing and managing complex projects to successful completion.   

Joe Rieke


Joe Rieke has worked in the food and beverage industry for more than 15 years. He's worked in and managed the front and back of the house and has opened restaurants up and down the West Coast. 

Joe founded (know)food in 2016, a not-for-profit putting local chefs and industry resources in food focused Seattle classrooms. (Know)food provides connections and opportunities to high school students looking to make a career in the food world. He earned a B.A. in English Literature and a certificate in non-profit management from the University of Washington. 

Joe lives with his family in the not-so-cool part of Ballard and likes to run, make curry, and drink Stoup IPAs.

Rob Whaley


Rob Whaley joined the Sugar Mountain team as Vice President of Restaurant and Retail Operations in the Spring of 2017. The company’s strong advocacy for the natural food movement, commitment to a mission based business model, core belief in education, and passion for whole ingredient quality standards made it the perfect fit for Rob to continue his personal and professional journey. 

Rob brings experience and passion for sustainable sourcing, menu and recipe development, and advocacy through execution to the Sugar Mountain team. 

Along with Rob’s operational background as a chef, director, and purchasing coordinator, his real passion lies in furthering the non-profit foundation arms of the businesses he works for. In his eight years with Whole Foods Market, Rob worked with both the Whole Kids Foundation as well as the Whole Planet Foundation, supporting education and volunteerism. The opportunity to support The Beecher's Foundation made the decision to join Sugar Mountain an easy one!

Christie Aschwanden


Christie Aschwanden is the lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight. She’s also a contributor to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Outside, Runner’s World, Slate, NPR, Smithsonian and O, the Oprah Magazine.

Christie is the author of Beautiful Chickens, and a book about the science of recovery in sports and fitness, forthcoming from W. W. Norton & Company. She blogs at Last Word On Nothing and tweets at @CragCrest.

She lives on a small farm in western Colorado where she raises heritage poultry and her husband makes wine for their boutique winery.

Jill Taylor


From its roots as a regional creamery started in 1915 to 42 community restaurants located in Oregon and Washington today, Burgerville has long been committed to an open conversation about the future of food.

As CEO of Burgerville, Jill Taylor brings a holistic view of food to the company, one that includes the health of the region’s soils, farms, and people. Jill is committed to empowering Burgerville and its partners in service of the company’s mission ‘Serve with Love’ to positively impact social change in the Pacific Northwest.

Gabrielle Moorhead


Since joining Grand Central Bakery as a wholesale sales representative in 1995, Gabby Moorhead has overseen the tremendous growth of wholesale bread sales for the iconic brand in Seattle as well as a robust retail presence, with three strong bakery-cafes including the flagship Pioneer Square location.

Moorhead has held leadership roles as Interim Retail Director and Marketing Manager for the bakery, which introduced artisan bread to Seattle in 1989 and expanded to Portland in 1993. Now the company’s Wholesale Director, she is responsible for leading mission-driven wholesale concept development and the wholesale growth strategy in both Seattle and Portland. Her role directly supports Grand Central’s mission of serving customers delicious, authentic food made from high quality local and sustainable ingredients while growing a healthy values-driven business. An avid baker and onetime owner of an eclectic wedding cake company, Gabby can be found in her off hours volunteering on the board of Northwest Hope & Healing or on the soccer fields and ski slopes with her husband and two daughters.

Russ Lehman


Russ Lehman became the Executive Director of Food Action in June of 2016. As a place where there is alignment of experience, passion, commitment and values, Russ is both extremely excited and incredibly optimistic about the opportunities for Food Action to make a difference.

Russ brings his experience as an attorney, policy adviser, nonprofit creator and leader, and graduate faculty to the network where his passion for truly sustainable communities can flourish ... and be impactful. Russ spent 2013-2015 in Amsterdam, a truly magnificent place. When not working Russ is most often on a bicycle.

Eu-wanda Eagans


Eu-wanda Eagans joined Northwest Harvest as the Chief Operating Officer in 2013. She has an extensive background in operations and program management through years of experience at companies such as Energizer Battery Co. and General Motors Corporation, as well as with the Washington State Government. She engages with all of the agency’s operations, including procurement, warehousing, distribution and transportation. Eu-wanda is also an avid volunteer and enjoys keeping busy by helping her favorite causes achieve their missions.  

Lisa Chen

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By way of California, FEEST Executive Director Lisa Chen has planted roots in the Pacific Northwest as a volunteer youth mentor at the Service Board and a union organizer focused on empowering working class communities of color. Her political identity stems directly from growing up as the only child of an immigrant single mother where she saw first hand how limited English workers were treated unfairly. In her career, Lisa has led student campaigns against fee increases at the University of California, organized undocumented youth in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform, and worked alongside radical housekeepers to demand better working conditions. She has a special place in her heart for youth work, and believes deeply that transformative breakthroughs in young people will shift our communities to act from a place of love instead of fear.

Lisa trying new soup recipes, hiking in the Cascades, and attempting to train for her first marathon this summer. Also she’s patiently waiting for pumpkin season to come back to feed her endless pie craving.