Paul Ash attended the University of California at Davis, where he earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics. After working in the private sector for several years, including time spent overseas in agricultural development, Paul returned to school to earn his master's degree in business from San Francisco State University. Paul has worked in nonprofit management since 1984, and has lead the SF-Marin Food Bank as executive director since 1989. Paul's commitment to ending hunger in San Francisco has enabled the growth of the Food Bank to skyrocket from distributing just under three million pounds of food when he started in 1989 to more than 47 million pounds this past year. The SF-Marin Food Bank distributes more fresh produce per person in poverty than any food bank in the United States.
Paul has served on the Board of Directors of Feeding America, Feeding America’s national affiliates council and is on the board of the California Association of Food Banks and other nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two children.
Chief Operating OfficerLeslie Bacho joined the Food Bank in 1998. As Deputy Executive Director, Leslie has overseen the Food Bank’s programs and operations during a period of tremendous growth driven by her focus on expanding the pantry network, improving the Food Bank’s ability to bring in and utilize fresh produce, and developing and integrating the volunteer program. Additionally, Leslie manages internally focused support functions of the Food Bank including strategic planning, human resources, and IT. Working with senior staff and Board members, Leslie led the merger team and coordinated the integration of the SF-Marin Food Bank. She has also served in various leadership capacities with the national anti-hunger organization Feeding America.Leslie earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her BA from Duke University. She worked in the private sector before joining the Food Bank. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
Chief Financial Officer
Michael Braude has worked for the SF-Marin Food Bank since 2000 and has been the Chief Financial Officer since 2004 leading the organization’s HR, IS, Facilities, and Finance departments. During Michael’s tenure, the number of staff has tripled, and the budget has more than quadrupled. Michael and his team have driven the adoption and implementation of modern technology systems that have streamlined our operations, allowing the Food Bank to distribute food more efficiently and equitably across our network. Michael also played a critical role conducting due diligence during the merger with the Marin Food Bank.
In his free time, Michael is active in efforts to preserve and protect habitat on the San Mateo County coast, where he is on the board of an environmental education organization and a docent naturalist at Año Nuevo State Park. Michael received his bachelor's degree in philosophy with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Chief Program OfficerSean Brooks joined the Food Bank in 1996 and has been instrumental in developing and expanding innovative and national award-winning programming. He was the catalyst for the development of the country’s most extensive network of weekly food pantries, which allows the SF-Marin Food Bank to distribute significantly more food per person living in poverty than any other Food Bank in the country. Sean has been a champion of providing convenient access to healthy foods, nutrition education, and food stamps (aka CalFresh) to disadvantaged populations. He oversaw the expansion of the Food Bank’s programming in Marin County in response to the 2008 recession that preceded the merger with the Marin Food Bank. He recently spearheaded the creation and expansion of a home-delivered grocery program to help frail and disabled neighbors age in place with dignity.Sean has dedicated his professional life to eliminating hunger, working in the sector both internationally and locally since graduating from Stanford University in 1989. He serves on the board of Groceries for Seniors, the city’s largest food pantry targeting vulnerable older adults and supports the sustainable irrigation/food security project he started in rural West Africa. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children and performs with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus in his free time.
Chief Development Officer
Meredith Nguyen joined the Food Bank in 2008. As the Chief Development Officer, Meredith is responsible for leading the Food Bank’s fundraising and marketing efforts. She oversees a team dedicated to raising funds from individuals, companies and foundations to support all the Food Bank’s programs and operations. Prior to assuming her current role, Meredith was instrumental in helping to grow the Food Bank’s revenue throughout the recession in order to meet the rising need for food assistance in San Francisco and Marin.
Meredith received her bachelor’s degree in English with honors from Birmingham Southern College. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their two children.