Meet our team.
The people who lead the SF-Marin Food Bank are dedicated to ending hunger in our community.
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 about 48 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 Officer
Meredith Nguyen joined the Food Bank in 2008. After serving in various administrative and fundraising roles at the Food Bank, Meredith took on the role of Chief Development Officer from 2013-2017 and was responsible for the organization’s fundraising, marketing, and community engagement efforts. During this time the organization’s private contributions grew by 25%.
Meredith accepted the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2017, where she continues to oversee Development in addition to leading the Food Bank’s day-to-day operations and support functions including: finance, human resources, information systems, warehouse operations, and food resources.
Meredith also serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Association of Fundraising Professionals—Golden Gate Chapter, Board of Directors. Meredith graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English with honors from Birmingham Southern College. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and their 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 Officer
Sean 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
Bob Brenneman attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where he received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Following studies at Chinese University, he worked in Hong Kong for several years. He returned to the U.S. in 1984, and was a direct-marketing consultant to several Bay Area and national nonprofits.
Bob worked as Director of Development for Project Open Hand for more than a decade, managing the organization’s fundraising and marketing programs. He served as the SF-Marin Food Bank’s Director of Development from 2012 to 2014, and recently returned as Interim Chief Development Officer. He is responsible for leading the Development Team in fundraising, marketing, and communications.