Barbara Cohen, President
Barbara Cohen, Ph.D., MPH, a public health and nutrition expert, has addressed issues of hunger, food insecurity, nutrition, and the relationship between food and health outcomes, at both national and local levels. She was part of a small group of academic and policy leaders who worked to move the national discussion from one of hunger to food security and developed measures now used on national and international population- based surveys.
Barbara is also the author of the USDA’s Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit. Through this and other work she has trained community leaders in how to use basic evaluation tools to develop innovative programs to improve their local communities. She received her MPH from the School of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill and her Ph.D. from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Robert Egger is a noted author and hunger activist and the founder of DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first food rescue kitchen. Since its opening in 1989, the Kitchen has produced over 26 million meals from food donated by local restaurants. Robert is also Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, which will recover fresh food from Southern California producers and wholesalers for use in culinary arts job training programs for young people and ex-offenders.
General Michael P. Mulqueen, USMC (Ret.), led the Greater Chicago Food Depository for 15 years. Under his leadership, the Depository developed innovative new services, including fresh produce program, and grew to become one of the largest food banks in the United States. Today, the Food Depository distributes 66 million pounds of food annually, including more than 21 million pounds of produce, to 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County.
Jodessiah Sumpter, MBA is an experienced enterprise level software developer, technology innovator, published author and serial entrepreneur. He has won numerous awards in software and mobile application development, including from Home Depot, AT&T and SONY. He holds an MBA with a concentration in Information Technology from the University of Buffalo and a post masters degree in Marketing from the University of Dayton.
Roxanne Littner uses her program development experience to build programs that bring the business and non-profit sectors together to strengthen communities. She is currently an active board member of Yachad, an organization bringing communities together by preserving affordable homes and revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia and the greater metropolitan area.