Learn a bit about our friendly staff!
Worker Liaison, Canvasser
Anja is a history nerd, with a focus on labor and social movements. Besides pounding the pavement raising funds, Anja is our worker liaison and helps keep our democracy going by navigating conflict. When not at NCFA, you can find Anja hanging out with Quakers and Catholic workers in South Minneapolis. Anja joined the IWW in 2008 as a worker at Starbucks.
Claire is a fine artist with a background in animation and graphic design. When she is not in Minneapolis raising funds to fight food waste, she is back home in New York City running operations and youth programming for a nomadic parkour company. Always active, you may remember Claire if you heard singing in your street, or dancing down your steps.
Community Meals Coordinator
Jimmy brings nearly a decade of non-profit experience, and even more kitchen experience. Working towards healthy and accessible food for everyone is his passion, and making it delicious is his favorite challenge. He can usually be found at a grocery store near you, assessing produce and shuffling slowly through the aisles.
Lucas has been working at NCFA since 2017. Besides canvassing for the organization, he has helped establish gardens and lends a hand moving food.
Mae is the newest member of NCFA. When not out fundraising for the organization, Mae likes helping out at the community garden.
Garden Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, Canvasser
As an avid gardener and lover of the outdoors, Maria spent five years living at nonprofit centers in rural Michigan. There she helped coordinate workshops, and built and maintained gardens and orchards. She now lives in Minneapolis and devotes her time to developing urban food systems.
Mark has been doing charity work since 2016. He has contributed research to The Yale Book Of Quotations, and to biographies of Lord Buckley, Groucho Marx, Vivian Stanshall, and Lester Young. His favorite hobby is breathing.
When Nick isn't rescuing food for NCFA he likes to bike around, backpack-camp, write music, and hang out with his sisters' children. Favorite color: brown.
Admin Coordinator, Donor Development Coordinator, Canvasser
Peter (also known as PJ) has several years nonprofit experience and has been working for NCFA since 2015. He spends much of his free time writing and playing music.
Since joining NCFA, Sasha has become appreciative of the non-hierarchical model it practices, and is increasingly interested in helping others achieve more solidarity in their workplace. Sasha enjoys mindful awareness practices, mountain bikes, and games like chess.
Admin Coordinator, Community Meals Coordinator, Canvass Coordinator, Canvasser
ShugE (who also goes by Christopher) is a co-founder of North Country Food Alliance and a veteran administrator, fundraiser, and organizer for non-profit causes in the Twin Cities since the early 1990’s. ShugE is a parent, avid comic book collector, and general Marvel Comics/Star Wars/Doctor Who fanatic.
Will is one of the original founders of NCFA. He brings 10 years experience with food charities. When not at work, Will enjoys skateboarding, writing music, and spending time in nature.