The Maine Food Strategy Steering Committee provides leadership, programmatic, and fiscal oversight for the initiative. They were chosen through an open nomination process and approved by current committee members. There is no mandate on who can be on the committee, but members are typically those who have strong ties to different sectors in Maine’s food system, with an emphasis on having a range of representation.
Molly Clark, along with her husband Gabe, owns and operates Cold Spring Ranch; a beef cattle operation in New Portland, Maine. They sustainably manage over 600 acres of pastures, hayfields and woodlands to produce 100% grass fed beef year round. Molly also works for the Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County where she is involved in several initiatives to promote children’s health; including as the local coordinator of the nationally recognized Let’s Go! program. Molly graduated from Colby College with a degree in Environmental Science and has advanced degrees from the University of Vermont in Natural Resource Planning and Nursing. She has nearly 20 years of experience working with various organizations around the issues of agricultural land conservation, natural resource protection, public policy, clinical care, and community health. Through all of these lenses, Molly has an appreciation for the deep and complex connections between food, farming, the environment, and health. Molly has served on the board of the Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society and is part of the Maine Farm to School Network.
Michele is establishing new roots and building a hard cider and fermented foods business on a recently purchased orchard in Springvale, Maine. Her day job is with the Coast Guard in Boston where she works on the maritime energy and marine planning policy in the Northeast. Over the last 8 years, Michele has worked for several federal government agencies which include the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of Energy and the Bureau of Land Management focused on renewable energy policy development and stakeholder engagement. Additionally, she spent over 10 years in various project management and marketing roles in high tech and academia. She started her career as a U.S. Peace Corps in Uzbekistan as a Women’s Small Business Development Volunteer. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a dual Master’s (Business Administration and Public Policy & Administration) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Until they finish building their super energy efficient house, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three cats. Her passion is helping people know where their food comes from and eating their way to better health.
Mark developed and implemented marketing initiatives at Barber Foods for 19 years. He is the founder and CEO of Marketing Strategy Decisions, a strategic management and marketing consultancy. Mark serves as Secretary of the Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association and on the board of directors of the Treehouse Institute.
Kristen Miale is the President of Good Shepherd Food Bank, Maine’s largest hunger relief organization. Good Shepherd Food Bank works with a network of over 400 ending hunger organizations to distribute over 23 million pounds of food throughout the state to people in need. Before her role as President, she was the founder and program director of Cooking Matters for Maine, a local chapter of Share Our Strength’s nationally recognized cooking and nutrition education program for low-income families. Prior to her work with food security, she worked for over a decade in the private equity and business consulting fields. After volunteering for hunger relief organizations, she decided to make her passion for ending hunger her occupation. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her Masters in Business Administration from Boston University where she studied both entrepreneurship and non-profit management. In addition to serving on the Steering Committee of the Maine Food Strategy, she also serves as Senate President Michael Thibodeau’s representative on the Commission to End Student Hunger. Kristen’s past board work includes Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine where she served as Treasurer and the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension.
Anne is a third generation farmer and food promoter whose family farm, Wholesome Holmstead, features dairy products and meat, and ag tourism opportunities. Her lifelong involvement in agriculture includes leadership and professional experience in local, regional and national agricultural organizations.