Our Advisory Board

The CAFF Advisory Board is composed of a group of multifaceted individuals, including agricultural advocates, entrepreneurs, authors, and former members of the CAFF Board of Directors.  The twelve members of the Advisory Board bring their expertise, insight, and external perspectives to CAFF.

Michael Pollan


Michael Pollan is a best selling author of such as “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and is a local food advocate.

Alice Waters


Alice Waters is the owner of Chez Panisse, a champion of locally-grown food, a celebrated cookbook author and is considered the “mother of modern American cooking.”

Mas Masumoto


David Mas Masumoto is an author and owner of Masumoto Family Farm in Fresno.

Cathy Curtis

Financial Planner

Cathy Curtis is the owner of Curtis Financial Planning and manages Bay Gourmet for the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. She is the Board President for the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA).

John Diener


John Diener is the owner of Red Rock Ranch in Five Points and the 2009 winner of the Leopold Conservation Award.

Anya Fernald


Anya Fernald is the CEO of Belcampo Meat Co.

Natalie Compagni

Psychologist & Farmer

Natalie Compagni is a Sonoma County farmer and clinical psychologist.

Bill Fujimoto

Food Industry Consultant

Bill Fujimoto is a Bay Area produce expert and owner of Bill Fujimoto Consulting.

Deborah Koons Garcia

Film Maker

Deborah Koons Garcia is a filmmaker and producer of The Future of Food.

Dr. Preston Maring

Healthcare Advocate

Dr. Preston Maring is the founder of Kaiser Permanente’s farmers markets and farm to healthcare advocate.

Sam Mogannam


Sam Mogannam is the owner Bi-Rite Market and Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco, and founder of 18 Reasons, a food- and artfocused community center.

Naomi Starkman


Naomi Starkman is a food policy media consultant, co-founder of CivilEats.com and board member of 18 Reasons.