Meet the Team

Maura Ackerman

Maura Ackerman, Child Nutrition Outreach Program Director

Maura is the Assistant Director of Programs for Project Bread and the Child Nutrition Outreach Program Director. She holds a dual-Master’s degree from Tufts Universitya Master of Public Health in Community Health and Nutrition and a Master of Science in Nutrition. 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 spare time, Maura loves to spend time adventuring in the outdoors with her husband, daughter, and the family dog.

Contact:; 617-239-2576

Miriam Avila

Miriam Avila, Administrative Associate

Miriam graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. 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 on her to-read list.

Contact:; 617-239-2539

Angela Brown, Eastern Massachusetts Outreach Coordinator

Angela Brown, Eastern Massachusetts Outreach Coordinator

Angela is the Eastern Massachusetts Outreach Coordinator for CNOP. Prior to this position, she served as a Nutrition Educator for UMass Extension where she taught in Boston Public Schools and as a BLAST Assistant Supervisor for The Food Project. She is also an ongoing volunteer nutrition educator through BOND - the Boston Organization of Nutritionist and Dieticians of Color. Angela holds a Bachelor’s in Food Science and Nutrition from Hampshire College. In her spare time, she enjoys church gatherings and spending time with her family.

Contact:; 617-239-2575.

Rosemarie Caward, Central and Western Massachusetts Outreach Coordinator

Rosemarie Caward, Central and Western Massachusetts Outreach Coordinator

Rosemarie is the Central and Western Massachusetts Outreach Coordinator for CNOP. Rosemarie began her work with federal child nutrition programs as part of the National Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps in Philadelphia. She  holds an Master’s degree from Brandeis University in Sustainable International Development. After serving in Botswana through Peace Corps, as well as serving communities in Bolivia, Mexico, and Liberia, she is delighted to invest in communities and support critical programs here in the states. In her free time, Rosemarie enjoys cycling and exploring the New England wilderness.

Contact:; 617-239-2573.

Leran Minc, North Shore Outreach Coordinator and Special Projects Coordinator

Leran Minc, North Shore Outreach Coordinator, Special Projects Coordinator

Leran is the North Shore Outreach Coordinator and Special Projects Coordinator for CNOP. He earned his Bachelor's in Government & Policy from the University of Texas-Austin, and his Master's in International Development from American University. Before joining CNOP, he was an organizer and leader in the anti-genocide movement, particularly with STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition in Washington, DC. He has also worked as a kitchen manager, food trucker and a grocery & produce buyer. In his spare time, he dreams of opening a seasonally-inspired pizza or ice cream shoppe.

Contact:; 617-239-2510

Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith, Community Relations Coordinator

Jordan is the Community Relations Coordinator for CNOP. Jordan graduated from Bowdoin College where she studied Environmental Studies and Sociology. After graduating, she worked in Boston’s City Hall in the Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives (now the Mayor’s Office of Food Access), assisting local farmers who were in the process of converting vacant city lots to urban farms. Outside of work, Jordan enjoys running and biking, and enjoying all of the food Boston’s North End has to offer.

Contact:; 617-239-2578