I’ve worked at Whole Foods Market for more than 20 years. Most of my career was in marketing – sharing the joy of the highest quality natural and organic food with anyone who eats! I was a foodie before I learned about the power of food to sustain our health.
The opportunity to create Whole Kids Foundation in 2011 grew from a cause marketing effort. In 2017, I moved from my seat on the board of directors to lead the day-to-day operations of Whole Cities Foundation as well. My experience with Whole Cities work taught me so much about the importance of community lead decision-making and the value of being responsive to those we support. Those things shaped me as both a person and a leader. I’m BEYOND GRATEFUL that I was offered the chance to take a fork in the road that led to where I am today.
I have often described my role leading Whole Kids & Whole Cities as the best job on the planet…and it truly is. When a person can dedicate their days to doing work, they are deeply passionate about and that makes a difference in the world – it is not a job!
That said, it’s time for the next chapter – both for me and these amazing organizations!
I am retiring from Whole Kids & Whole Cities at the end of 2022.
I’m going to spend quality time with my elders, breathe deeply, keep bees, grow, cook, and enjoy food, be a better friend and use my voice to make a difference anywhere I can.
I am so proud that Chanta Williams, who has been a leader on our team for 3 years, will lead as the Interim Executive Director.
I will spend my eternity in gratitude to all the people who have supported my success and who have contributed time, energy, and money to create healthier kids and communities.
Love & Veggies,