Meet the Team

Natasha Smith

Natasha Smith, Child Nutrition Outreach Program Director

Natasha is the Director of Child Nutrition for Project Bread and leads the Child Nutrition Outreach Program team. Prior to joining Project Bread, Natasha worked in Madison, Wisconsin to build innovative farm to school, school food, and summer food programs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied local and sustainable community food systems. She is passionate about collaborative, community-based solutions that advance health equity, social justice, and sustainability. When relaxing, Natasha enjoys outdoor activities, gardening, and cooking projects.

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

Miriam Avila

Miriam Avila, Community Relations Coordinator

Miriam is the Community Relations Coordinator for CNOP. 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. In her spare time, she enjoys learning new recipes and trying to read through the enormous stack of books on her to-read list.

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

Sharon Johnson

Sharon Johnson, Outreach Coordinator

Sharon is the CNOP Outreach Coordinator for Eastern MA. Sharon began her work with CNOP as the Boston Summer Eats Coordinator in summer 2019. Prior to joining Project Bread, she worked in the Massachusetts public school system and also ran a suburban summer lunch program for five years that provided over 35,000 meals to kids in need. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and a Master's degree from American University, both in Public Communications. A native southerner, she misses those Virginia winters but stays warm baking and cooking southern specialties like cornbread and Brunswick stew.

Contact: sharon_johnson@projectbread.org; 617-239-2508.

Clara Obstfeld

Clara Obstfeld, Outreach Coordinator

Clara is the CNOP Outreach Coordinator for Western MA. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College and is a Master's candidate at Tufts University in Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs. Before joining Project Bread, she coordinated cooking classes in San Francisco though Share our Strength's Cooking Matters program. When she's not eating or thinking about her next meal, she enjoys rock climbing and gardening.  

Contact: clara_obstfeld@projectbread.org; 617-239-2549.