Meet the CNOP Team

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Maura Ackerman

Maura Ackerman joined Project Bread in December 2016 as the Assistant Director of Programs. She holds a dual-Master’s degree from Tufts University – a Master of Public Health in Community Health and Nutrition as well as a Master of Science in Nutrition from the Friedman School’s Agriculture, Food and Environment program. She previously worked at the Boston Public Health Commission, Bowdoin Street Health Center, and Groundwork Somerville. Through her past and present work, Maura has developed a deep commitment to building partnerships that bridge the government, healthcare, education, and non-profit sectors, recognizing that each plays a critical role in building strong, equitable communities by increasing access to healthy food. In her role at Project Bread, she is excited to work alongside the CNOP team and our partners to increase participation in school breakfast and summer meals across Massachusetts. In her spare time, Maura loves to spend time adventuring in the outdoors with her husband, daughter, and the family dog.

Contact: maura_ackerman@projectbread.org; 617-239-2576

 Rachel


Rachel Garside

Rachel is the Child Nutrition Outreach Coordinator in eastern Massachusetts where she helps to increase participation in the School Breakfast and the Summer Food Service Programs. Prior to joining the CNOP team, Rachel worked with animals at MSPCA-Angell, and then transitioned to food rescue while always maintaining a passion for public service through work and volunteerism. Her hobbies include running, yoga, cooking and social enrichment with friends and family.

Contact: rachel_garside@projectbread.org; 617-239-2575

 

Rosemarie Caward

As Coordinator for Central and Western MA for the Child Nutrition Outreach Program, Rosemarie endeavors to increase participation of the National Summer Food Service Program and School Breakfasts. Originally from Oregon, Rosemarie transitioned to the East Coast as an AmeriCorps VISTA, beginning her work with National Child Nutrition Programs with the National Anti-hunger and Opportunity Corps in Philadelphia. She recently completed an MA from Brandeis University in Sustainable International Development. After serving communities in Botswana, Bolivia, Mexico, and Liberia, she is delighted to invest in communities and support critical programs here in the states.

Contact: rosemarie_caward@projectbread.org; 617-239-2573.

Leran

Leran Minc

Originally from Texas, Leran, moved from DC to the Boston area in January 2014 with his (now) wife and their two dogs. At the time he was finishing his thesis entitled The Whole Foods Effect: Ethical Consumption, Fair Trade and the Global South. He was an organizer and leader in the anti-genocide movement, particularly with STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition. Food has always been a passion of his...apparently his favorite game as a toddler was to "prepare food". He has also worked as a kitchen manager, food trucker and a grocery & produce buyer. In his more wistful moments he dreams of opening a super seasonally inspired pizza or ice cream shoppe, but is very excited about ensuring everyone can have access to healthy food as the Special Projects Coordinator for CNOP.

Contact: leran_minc@projectbread.org; 617-239-2510

Jordan Smith

Jordan joined the Project Bread team in 2015 as the Communications Coordinator. In this position, she worked closely with the Communications Manager to create and update content on Project Bread’s website as well as various social media platforms. In September of 2016, she joined the CNOP team as the Community Relations Coordinator. In this position, she will work to increase awareness about the programs CNOP administers including the Summer Food Service Program and the School Breakfast Program. Prior to coming to Project Bread, Jordan graduated from Bowdoin College in 2014 where she studied Environmental Studies and Sociology. After graduating, she worked in the Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives as an AmeriCorps VISTA, assisting local farmers who were in the process of converting vacant city lots to urban farms. Outside of work, Jordan can be found glued to the television every Monday-Friday from 7:30-8:00pm as the last time she is on record for missing a game of Jeopardy was 1998. Her other hobbies include spending time at Marshalls and playing bocce ball. 

 Contact: jordan_smith@projectbread.org;617-239-2578

Miriam Avila

Miriam is the Administrative Associate for the CNOP team. As a native Bay Stater, she's excited to help the team run smoothly, so that they can increase access to healthy food in Massachusetts. Miriam graduated from Emerson College in 2014. Before joining CNOP, she worked on various environmental and social change campaigns with the Public Interest Network's communication team. When she's not working, she enjoys learning new recipes and trying to read through the enormous stack of books threatening to take over her house. 

 Contact: miriam_avila@projectbread.org; 617-239-2539