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Erik Talkin
Chief Executive Officer
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

Co-chair

Sigrid Wright
Chief Executive Officer
Community Environmental Council

Co-chair

Sharyn Main
Senior Director of Community Investment
Santa Barbara Foundation

Emily Miller
Food Action Plan Coordinator
Community Environmental Council

 

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.

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.

Emily Miller
Food Action Plan Coordinator, Community Environmental Council

Emily Miller became the Food and Climate Program Associate and Food Action Plan Coordinator at CEC in the summer of 2016 after working as the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan Fellow at CEC throughout the previous year. She recently received a Master’s Degree from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science at Tufts University, where she was in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment Program. She specialized in sustainable food systems analysis and modeling, tools for pinpointing opportunities to expand alternative food systems, which value the nutritional and environmental health of the communities they serve. Emily has a background in environmental consulting, farming, and agricultural policy writing and research.

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