Shawn DeCarlo, Chair
Shawn is a community leader with more than 15 years professional experience in corporate, nonprofit and government. He brings integrity, commitment, and purpose to everything he does.
Originally from the Philadelphia area, Shawn has been a Portlander for over 15 years. Before moving to Portland he served in the Peace Corps in Mongolia for 2 years, traveled around Asia for a stint and lived in Spain for 2 years. He served as a VISTA Leader at Oregon Food Bank where he then worked in program management and fundraising for over 10 years. For Shawn, people will always be the most important resource for any company or organization. Bringing people together to design and scale superior programs and products is where he excels.
Daniel LeBrun, Vice Chair
Leah Hunter, Secretary
Leah is a Social Media Strategist with experience developing and implementing dynamic and cohesive marketing campaigns that vary from music to mental health. Leah works mainly with small businesses focused on digital delivery and social media marketing. Leah was the Campaign manager for Open Minds Open Doors. The campaign was focused breaking down the stigmas associated with mental illness. Food by Design gives Leah the opportunity to continue her work as a Peer Support Specialist interacting with vulnerable populations. Leah served in AmeriCorps ESD 112 for two consecutive years in Planning and Development for Portland Parks and Recreation. Being of service is key to Leah and it fuels her passion for life.
Valerie Walker, Board Member
Valerie moved to Portland from Indiana in January 2014 to serve as Pastor for Community of Christ on NE Couch Street, the home site for Food by Design. This was a career change after working many years as a microbiologist in clinical trials research. Val grew up on a large working farm in Alberta, Canada and moved to the US when she married her husband, Ken. Together they have two grown children, Laura and Nathan. Her interests include environmental stewardship, relationship building with community members, neighborhood safety, and enjoying the natural world. She loves gardening and is in the process of creating sacred space in her home yard using native plants and recycled hardscaping. Reading, photography, and sharing meals with friends top her list of favorite activities.
David Bikman, Board Member
David was born in Portland and has a background in public information, nonprofit and public management, and upcycling. He currently, chairs the steering committee of the Village Coalition, which supports Portland’s self-governed tiny-house villages, and works in Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education.