Our Board members are leaders in their communities and their organizations. They provide high-level strategy and direction that guides our work. They steward our resources. And they help ensure that everything we do serves our mission and the diverse Californians touched by our work.

Board Members

Michael Flood, MBA

  • Chair, Nourish California Board of Directors
  • President/CEO, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

Charlotte Bergheimer, MS

  • Vice-Chair, Nourish California Board of Directors
  • Chair, Governance Committee
  • Doctoral Student, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California, Davis

Allen Ng, MBA

  • Treasurer, Nourish California Board of Directors
  • Chair, Finance Committee of the Nourish California Board of Directors
  • Western Regional Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service, U.S Department of Agriculture (Retired)

Valerie Ruelas, MSW

  • Secretary, Nourish California Board of Directors
  • Chair, Audit Committee of the Nourish California Board of Directors
  • Director of Community Advocacy for the Diabetes Obesity Program, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Director of the Community Diabetes Initiative, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine

Dr. Baraka Floyd, MD, MSc

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Dena Herman, Ph.D., MPH, RD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, California State University, Northridge

Vanessa Lieu

  • Chair, Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Nourish California Board of Directors
  • Wellness Policy Paraprofessional, San Francisco Unified School District

Dr. Raymond Perry, MD, MS

  • Director, Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center in Los Angeles

Dr. Emma Steinberg, MD

  • Pediatric Hospitalist, Kaiser Permanente

Ali Taghavi, MPA, MA

  • Communications and Sustainability Management Analyst,

Emeritus Council

Dr. Dennis Kao, MSW, PhD

  • Professor of Social Work

Jasmine Marrow, MPP

  • Partnerships Director, Donors Choose

Board Service

Interested in board service?

As a nonprofit organization, we rely on the time and talents of our Board of Directors to guide and advance our mission (link). We’re looking to expand our board membership in order to:

  • Bring new expertise and experience to the organization. While we may add members with connections to food policy, we’re most interested in harnessing skills and expertise from candidates with backgrounds in marketing, human resources, finance, technology, and more.
  • Build a board that reflects the diversity of California. We’re looking to strengthen the board by increasing geographic representation, especially of inland communities and communities experiencing persistent poverty. And given harmful inequities that exist across race/ethnicity, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, and other social identities, we commit to building a board that’s inclusive of the diverse individuals who call California home.

Basic Expectations

Our Board Member Job Description captures all expectations of board members. Here are a few basics:

  • Participate in quarterly board meetings. We hold four meetings a year: three by video conference and one in person.
  • Give what you can. We expect that all board members donate to the organization—with no minimum amount required.
  • Share your time and talents. We hope that members share their expertise by serving on one of our board committees.

Have questions about what’s expected? Please email .

Next Steps for Service

If you’re interested in serving, please send the following to :

  • Brief statement of interest. Send us a few paragraphs describing why you’re interested in board service with Nourish California.
  • A resume. Tell us about your skills, experience, and interests.
  • Three references. A board committee will review your materials prior to recommending candidates for consideration by the full board. We’ll keep you posted during this review.