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Who We Are

When we started Farming Hope in 2016, we began working alongside folks still unhoused, and those who had made it out. The common theme was that everyone who “got out” had responsibility and ownership at the support organizations they worked with. We called this universal principle the “need to be needed.” We mean it when we say: You are needed to build this change. Over the years we’ve hired back seven graduates to permanent staff, and continue to build a team with deeper empathy and relatable experience. Thank you to the broader Farming Hope community for supporting our team and our Apprentices.

2016

Founded at Stanford FEED Collaborative

2017

Started farmers market popup

2018

Opened restaurant at Manny’s

2019

Three graduates hired to staff

2020

Served over 50,000 community meals

2021

Opened Refettorio San Francisco

Leadership and Program Team

Andie

Andie Sobrepeña
Co-Executive Director

Kerry

Kerry Rodgers
Co-Executive Director

Haley

Haley Nielsen
Development Director

Phil

Phil Saneski
Culinary Director

vianney

Vianney Trujillo
Program Manager

Jamie

Jamie Stark
Co-founder, Senior Advisor

Kevin Madrigal
Co-founder

Lisa

Lisa Frare
Communications Manager

Jacey

Jacey Jeffrey
Garden Co-Manager

Adrian

Adrian Lewis
Garden Co-Manager

Refettorio Community Food Hub Team

Ram

Ramesses Olivares-Ochoa
Refettorio SF
General Manager

Anselmo

Anselmo Gonzalez
Refettorio SF
Kitchen Manager

Ricardo

Ricardo Paz Rosales
Cook and Trainer

Mauro

Mauro Juarez Ramos
Cook and Trainer

Farming Hope at Manny’s Team

Manolo

Manolo Pizarro Briceño
Executive Chef and Community Liaison

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Alexa Romano
Front of House Manager

Jacey

Hugo Blasquez
Assistant Kitchen Manager

Jacey

Christian Escalante
Front of House and Assistant Manager

Jacey

Evilio Garcia Gomez
Cook and Trainer

Jacey

Liam Kaplan
Front of House Crew Member

Jacey

Sydney Jackson
Front of House Crew Member

Jacey

Reva Abrol
Front of House Crew Member

Jacey

Vic Smith
Front of House Crew Member

Jacey

Alvaro Limo 
Front of House Crew Member

Board of Directors

Shelley

Shelley Dyer
Board Chair

Lyndsey

Lyndsey Boucherle
Vice Chair

Ilana

Ilana Lipset
Secretary

Michael Fu

Michael Fu

Lucia

Lucia Gaia Pohlman

Xochi

Xochitl Hernandez

Sheena

Sheena Jain

Savannah

Savannah Schoelen

Salim Zymet

Salim Shariff

Interested in joining our Board of Directors?

Learn more on our Volunteer page!

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 Farming Hope is different — we pay Apprentices while they learn in our program.
Paying people makes sense, but costs dollars.