Erik Talkin
Chief Executive Officer
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

Co-chair

Sigrid Wright
Chief Executive Officer
Community Environmental Council

Co-chair

 

Barbara Andersen
Project Manager/Consultant

Kathleen de Chadenedes
Director of the School Food Initiative
Orfalea Foundation

Melissa Fontaine
Community Impact Manager
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

Sharyn Main
Senior Director of Community Investment
Santa Barbara Foundation

Joseph McIntyre
President
Ag Innovations

 

 

TEAM MEMBER BIOS

Erik Talkin
Chief Executive Officer, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County — Co-chair
For the past six years, Erik’s goal has been to help the Foodbank become an organization that moves people from hunger to working to attain nutritional self-sufficiency and health–both for themselves and their communities. Prior to the Foodbank, Erik spent six years as the Executive Director of the Community Kitchen of Santa Barbara. Eric has a background as a writer and filmmaker and served as a principal in two production companies. His short film, ‘The Gallery,’ starring Helena Bonham Carter was selected for the London Film Festival. He has won an International Television Association Award for writing and directing a best educational drama and his theatrical work has been produced on the London Fringe. He serves on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Food Banks and the National Advisory Council of Feeding America.

Sigrid Wright
Chief Executive Officer, Community Environmental Council — Co-chair
Sigrid Wright has 25 years of experience in non-profit environmental management. On food system issues, she serves on the executive team and advisory board of the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan, and is in partnership with the Cachuma Resource Conservation District on a broad scale effort to increase carbon farming practices. On energy/climate related issues, she is co-author of the Santa Barbara County Regional Energy Blueprint, editor of more than a dozen CEC policy documents, and for 9 years served as program facilitator for the South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP). For more than 15 years she led the annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival production team. Sigrid holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Communications Design from the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts at the University of Baltimore. She is an alum of the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Katherine Harvey Fellows program and the Courage to Lead program for non-profit leaders, and sits on the board of Leading From Within. She is also a commissioner for the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women. She received the 2015 Women of Achievement Award from the Association of Women in Communications, Santa Barbara.

Barbara Andersen
Project Manager/Consultant
As Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Orfalea Foundation, Barbara is responsible for oversight of public-private partnerships that are aligned with multiple initiatives, as well as government relations and program evaluation. Prior to serving in her current capacity, Ms. Andersen was directing the Orfalea Fund’s Aware & Prepare Initiative, a community collaborative to strengthen emergency preparedness in Santa Barbara County with James Lee Witt Associates and the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management. Over a four-year period, the initiative provided over $8 million in strategic support to public and non-profit sector entities to enhance capabilities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters. Barbara has over 10 years of experience working on policy and research in multiple sectors including academia, the federal government, private sector, and non-profit organizations. She is passionate about forming networks and creating platforms to engage community stakeholders in building community resilience. Barbara received her B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University and M.P.A. with a concentration in International and National Security Policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Melissa Fontaine
Community Impact Manager, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Melissa Fontaine has a ten-year history as an advocate and educator of sustainable food systems in California. She worked as the Marketing Manager at Fairview Gardens, co-founded Goodland Kitchen and Market: a local foods restaurant and community kitchen, and managed Food Literacy educational programs for the Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative. Melissa earned her Masters Degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is an avid cook and gardener, and also a member of the Santa Barbara Food Alliance. As the Community Impact Manager Melissa is responsible for ensuring and evaluating the success of all Foodbank community programs and partner relations, in alignment with the Foodbank’s mission to end hunger and transform the health of Santa Barbara County.

Sharyn Main
Senior Community Investment Officer/Director of Community Investments,
Santa Barbara Foundation
Sharyn Main has over 30 years of experience in philanthropy and the non-profit sector. In addition to her role in grant-making and non-profit capacity building, Sharyn’s work at the Santa Barbara Foundation is focused on the development of strategic initiatives in the areas of arts and culture and the environment. She is currently heading up the development of the LEAF initiative to facilitate a community vision and grow philanthropy for land conservation, protection of ecosystems, and support of agriculture and food systems in Santa Barbara County. Sharyn previously served as the Assistant Director of Pollution Prevention Programs at the Community Environmental Council and was the co-founder and director of the South Coast Watershed Alliance. She also co-developed GreenCare for Children, a program to reduce toxins in childcare centers, and assisted with the development of the Alliance For Living and Dying Well and the Early Childhood & Education Collaborative. She was a member of the Ag Futures Alliance of Santa Barbara County and has served on several non-profit Boards. Sharyn is a fourth-generation Santa Barbara County resident and has been actively involved in the arts and environmental protection throughout her life.

Joseph McIntyre
President, Ag Innovations 
Joseph leads the Ag Innovations Network team. As a trusted neutral facilitator, Joseph has led hundreds of critical dialogues between farmers, environmentalists, community leaders, workers, and consumers. Joseph joined AIN in 2001 as a facilitator on our Santa Barbara County Technical Advisory Committee for Rural Resource Protection project. From there Joseph’s role expanded until he became the lead facilitator for the Ag Futures Alliance project and senior consultant for strategic planning and organization change. In 2006 he took on the Executive Director role. Joseph brings a diverse background to AIN, which includes holding leadership positions in business, not-for-profit organizations, and academia. Originally trained as an economist (MA, Economics, University of Rhode Island), he has taught environmental economics at New College of California and history of economic thought at University of Rhode Island. His early business career has focused primarily in marketing, management, and conference development. He is an experienced nonprofit organization manager, having spent 7 years as Executive Director of Resources for Creativity, an organization that trained group facilitators. He also holds a MA in Psychology, Organization Development focus, from Sonoma State University, which he uses extensively in his facilitation and managed change work for AIN. Joseph came early to sustainability through his interest in systems thinking and steady-state economics cultivated as an interdisciplinary studies student at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California (BA in Liberal Arts with Honors). Living in Stockton placed him in the heart of California Delta agriculture and left an indelible impression of the bounties and the risks of the current food system. He lives in Sonoma County, is the parent to two daughters, and is an avid tennis player and bike rider.