program staff

John Roads, Interim Executive Director
John Roads has served on Fair Food’s Board of Directors since 2014, and has recently stepped in as Interim Executive Director as of May 2017 while Fair Food prepares to launch a search for a permanent Executive Director. John was previously a food system analyst with The Reinvestment Fund in Philadelphia, deploying capital to strengthen the supply chain for local food. He’s been consulting with and helping to finance many food-based businesses in the region since 2011, Fair Food being one of them. He received an MBA in Sustainable Business with a focus on food and agriculture from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Seattle, WA in 2010. John and his wife Silenia founded the Malvern Buttery, a bakery/cafe with a mission to cultivate community and strengthen our local food system, in 2015.

Emily Whitted, Development Coordinator
Emily joined Fair Food in September 2016. Living on a Southwestern Virginia sheep farm for most of her childhood gave her a taste of locally grown and humanely raised food. Only when she moved to Richmond, VA to complete her bachelor’s degree did she realize how difficult it is to find, afford, or distribute that food. When she’s not working at Fair Food, she’s designing knitwear, resisting the urge to take home every stray cat she finds, and getting lost in the woods.

Lisa O'Neill, Growing Roots Partners
Lisa O'Neill is the energy behind Growing Roots Partners, an event planning organization cultivating and celebrating communities by providing a platform for local businesses, farmers and artisans to share their mission. Lisa also has a 20 year history in clinical nutrition, and an extensive background in volunteer event planning. This year, Growing Roots is partnering with Fair Food for 2018 Philly Farm and Food Fest.  For sponsorship inquiries or general PF3 questions, please contact Lisa.