Governing Board members
James Cochran comes to the planning committee with extensive experience in operating open air markets, grocery spaces, and non-profits. Currently James manages the Community Farm Alliance Farmers’ Market Support Program, working to build farmers’ market capacity across the state of Kentucky. Prior to his current occupation, James was the store manager of one of five Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Market locations in Louisville, and a regional manager for the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association in Concord CA. He oversaw the operations of 18 Farmers’ Markets in San Francisco and San Mateo County, and was a Farmers’ Market Manager for 10 years. Favorite food: great, fresh levain with fatty, cultured butter.
Amanda Fuller came to Louisville from Madison, WI, where she and her husband were members and/or workers at three different food co-ops. In Louisville she has been an active member of the Food in Neighborhoods group since 2009, and operated an urban agriculture and composting non-profit (Breaking New Grounds) for three years. Amanda bought vacant lots in 2013 to start Lots of Food, an urban market garden & orchard in west Louisville. As an urban grower, Amanda has relationships with fellow growers, local restaurants and other produce buyers, and was part of Louisville Grows’ Urban Growers Cooperative for its two seasons. She also advocates for food justice and food sovereignty as a board member of Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville, growing staple crops of corn, beans and squash to educate and build community around local food. Amanda served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay for three years and holds an MS in Environmental Studies from the UW-Madison. She currently works as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Academy of Science. Favorite food: Popcorn!
Cassia Herron is an urban planner and community development professional. She has 15 years of experience working at the crossroads of community and economic development, food and the built environment in Kentucky with a keen interest in policy. At the heart of her work is the philosophy that food can be a catalyst for economic stimulus and growth for both urban and rural communities and to this end has worked as a community organizer, local economic development officer, non-profit consultant and food entrepreneur. She has expertise in community organizing and engagement, non-profit and project management as well as research and writing skills. Cassia served as the chair of the Louisville Food Policy Council and was integral in persuading local government leaders to pursue the local food economy as an economic development strategy through the launching of the Louisville Farm-to-Table Initiative. She currently serves as the grants manager for the Kentucky Region of the American Red Cross. Cassia has a BA from the University of Louisville and Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. Cassia is the mother of two and her family frequently snacks on quiche loaded with local products.
Andrew Kang Bartlett has worked with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Hunger Program in Louisville, KY since 2001. The Hunger Program works to create healthy, sustainable and just local food economies globally and Andrew coordinates the U.S.-based grantmaking program. In Louisville, he is active on the leadership team of the Food in Neighborhoods Community Coalition, at the cooperative farm La Minga, and serves on the West Louisville FoodPort Community Council. Formerly, he worked with nonprofit organizations in Japan and San Francisco focusing on social and economic justice issues, including rural development and agricultural policy. He has studied in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico and Central America, and lived for five years in East Asia working with Koreans in Japan on their civil rights struggles. He serves on the boards of Heifer International, the National Farm Worker Ministry and the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders. Favorite food: Really Wild Blueberry Pie
Doug Lowry serves as an enspirited teacher, urban farmer, and group facilitator. Passionate about justice and human need, he has worked as a change agent and board member on numerous civic and nonprofit projects from neighborhoods to fairness and racism, to organizational life, to aging and health care, to not-for-profit excellence, public K-12 education, food security and environmental sustainability. Doug is a seminary-trained former hospital administrator who consults in organizational development. He teaches individuals, organizations, nonprofits, faith communities and businesses about urban farming and organizational life with an emphasis on connecting values to action and food to spirituality. As an artist, plant lover, and writer he seeks to add beauty, insight, and meaning along the way. Favorite Food: Fresh Pumpkin Greens with Fried Squash Blossoms
Lilias Pettit-Scott moved to Louisville, KY from Oakland, CA in 2013. While living in Oakland she worked in nonprofit administration for a fiscal sponsor, Earth Island Institute, while learning and volunteering with urban agriculture endeavors in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since moving to Louisville she became involved in the Food in Neighborhoods Community Coalition, the Louisville Sustainability Coalition’s Community Engagement Action Team, and has volunteered with numerous community garden and urban agriculture projects throughout the city. She is Jefferson County’s first Urban Agriculture Conservationist, the former Assistant Director of Louisville Grows and is currently developing a fruit orchard and apiary at her home in the Schnitzelburg neighborhood of Louisville. If it were up to her, she would eat corn on the cob and peach cobbler every day.
Other leaders on our team
Ariana Levinson is a law professor at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. She is a member of the Rutgers School of Labor and Management Relations fellow program and writes about worker-owned cooperatives. Her article Founding Worker Cooperatives: Social Movement Theory and the Law is available in the Nevada Law Journal. She has worked with the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative. She, along with local attorneys, has supervised several law students who have helped draft by-laws for the non-profit and for the cooperatively-owned grocery as part of the Law School’s Greenbaum Public Service Program.
Arielle Rogers has been an active member of her community in various capacities. She along with four other women, created Girls 2 Goddesses (G2G). This is an organization that focuses on empowering young girls and women by engaging the community with events such as movies and mentoring, head wrapping events, financial workshops, and food and clothing drives.
Bethany Pratt is a Kentucky native who has found her niche in Louisville working with urban agriculture as a Horticulturist with the University of Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Service. Bethany has worked throughout Kentucky helping develop and maintain local food access for all Kentucky Citizens. Prior to moving to Louisville, Bethany worked for Berea College, helping them set up the Farm Store, a grocery store that sold Berea College Farm produce and meats as well as teaching students how to develop value-added products with the farm’s seasonal bounty. Currently she is working with a coalition of refugee resettlement agencies in Louisville to help our newest citizens develop sustainable farming businesses within the city limits. While out in the field, Bethany loves to graze on fresh greens, particularly baby rainbow chard.
Christopher M. Harrell is the Founder and Principal of Lazarus Group LLC, a firm engaged in crafting redevelopment strategies for distressed properties, corridors, and communities. Lazarus operates in Louisville, KY, Indianapolis and South Bend IN. Chris currently assists the US EPA Brownfield Community Benefits Assessment Project with the University of Louisville’s Center for Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM) as its Hyperlocal Data Team Leader. Chris holds board and leadership positions in Louisville, KY with Bicycling for Louisville, a not for profit active transportation advocacy. He is a co-Founder of the Civic Data Alliance, an advocacy and action group of volunteers devoted to freeing public data and using open data for civic projects.