National Office Staff
Richard McCarthy embodies the phrase "think globally; act locally." He joined Slow Food USA as Executive Director in January 2013, having previously served as Executive Director of Market Umbrella, an internationally recognized non-profit mentor organization for farmers markets, community building and sustainable economic development. After Hurricane Katrina, Richard played a key role in restarting the local agricultural economy in the New Orleans area, aiming to help provide returning residents with a sense of normalcy and resilience through the revival of farmers markets.
From 2005-2007, Richard served as a founding President for the Farmers Market Coalition, the national voice for farmers markets, which contributed to the development of the US Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Promotion Program, yielding $32 million over seven years to farmers market innovation and professionalism.
Richard was named a "Hero of the New South" in 2012 by Southern Living Magazine and a "Public Health Champion" in 2004 by the Tulane University School of Public Health. He earned his master's degree at the London School of Economics and his bachelor's degree at Richmond, The American University of London. When he's not dreaming up new projects, he enjoys playing squash, gardening and cooking vegetarian meals with his family at home.
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
After moving to Denver, Manda Manning joined Slow Food USA in March 2017 to assist with the launch of Slow Food Nations. Previously, she was an account executive at Master Plan Communications, where she managed the agency's industry-leading business-to-business clients. She was also previously the director of marketing for Pensacon, Pensacola, Florida's comic and pop culture convention. She received her bachelor's degree in communication arts and advertising from the University of West Florida.
While Manda currently lives in the Mile-High City with her sister and their Pomeranian, she has also spent time living on both the East and West Coasts, in New York City and Southern California. As an outdoor enthusiast and foodie, Manda enjoys experiencing other cultures through traveling the world as well as exploring Denver's natural beauty and the city's nationally-acclaimed food scene.
Ian joined Slow Food USA in June 2016. Through his experiences studying food culture and globalization in Southern Mexico and Mountain Top Removal in his home state of Kentucky, Ian has developed a varied and passionate view on environmental justice and human well-being. Most recently, Ian was the Sustainability Project Coordinator for Jefferson Community & Technical College, based in Louisville, KY, where he focused his efforts on integrating sustainability in the college's curricula and establishing an urban garden to increase access to healthy food choices for the surrounding community. Ian has a bachelor's degree from Berea College in the field of Social Justice with a concentration in Sustainability and Environmental Studies.
Director of Communications and Campaigns
Anna Mulé joined Slow Food USA in May 2016. She specializes in shaping culturally complex stories into pieces that are publicly accessible.
Previously, she worked at Wagner College as director of digital marketing and adjunct professor, at Brooklyn Arts Council as folk arts associate, at StoryCorps as outreach coordinator, and co-directs a digital media consulting company, Media Folk.
Anna grew up in rural upstate New York, where her family raised turkeys and made their own sausage, and has lived in Vietnam, Uganda, and Papua New Guinea. She received her master's degree in journalism and folklore/ethnomusicology from Indiana University.
Slow Food Nations Event Director
A former management consultant, professionally trained cook, and mother of two sons, Krista brings over 15 years of leadership experience and a passion for good food to Slow Food. She has been actively involved with Slow Food since 2007 after moving back to Denver from the UK and following her passion for food to Cook Street's professional culinary program and the kitchen at Duo Restaurant. Prior to embarking upon a food-focused career, Krista spent 10 years as a corporate business consultant with Accenture, followed by two years as director of executive development programs at Durham University in England. She is proud to have been a founding member of the City of Denver's Sustainable Food Policy Council and to serve on the Colorado Heritage and Agritourism Committee, helping to advocate and influence policy for sustainable food and farming in Colorado. Also the director of Slow Food Denver, Krista works with a strong leadership team, passionate volunteers, and like-minded community partners to create positive, lasting change in our food system. She believes in the joy of celebrating farmers, food producers, food traditions, and the future of food.
Jessica is a newly-minted graduate of Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. She is passionate about the environment and poverty-related issues, and she believes in Slow Food USA's mission because improving the national and global food system can solve both problems at once. Jessica has worked at Audubon Magazine, the largest vertical aeroponic farm in the world, a NGO founded by a systems thinking pioneer (look up "systems thinking" - you'll never look at anything the same way again), and a variety of international development non-profit organizations. Jessica's favorite food is stuffed grape leaves (a Greek delicacy), and she has a delicious guacamole recipe involving lime juice, pressed garlic, sea salt, chopped cilantro, and cherry tomatoes.
Network Support + Outreach
Onna graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2016 with a dual degree in Communications & Spanish and a minor in Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies. Her interest in social justice grew to overlap with her foodie self, which led her to explore the food justice realm with Slow Food. Wanting to start her food justice journey ground up, she decided to work on an organic vegetable, fruit & flower farm in Connecticut. Her experiences farming led her on a 3 month trip around Central & South America to work on more organic farms, exploring coffee, honey & mushroom productions. Although she adores the unique combination of serenity and resilience that comes with farming, she is particularly interested in how communities find ways to reconnect with the earth & each other through food.
Network Support + Outreach
A native of the natural state of Arkansas, Taylor has grown up surrounded by biodiversity, which has fostered her love of food. Inspired by her involvement with urban agriculture within the state, Taylor went on to attend Hendrix College, pursuing research related to urban agriculture and food insecurity. She has worked locally in Arkansas with No Kid Hungry, as well as with international organizations such as Heifer International on issues related to childhood food insecurity and environmental policy. Her travels and studies led her to study in Czech Republic and onwards to a master's degree in the United Kingdom, where she received a degree in food security and development from the University of Reading. Currently in New York, Taylor is pursuing work around issues of urban food insecurity, climate change, and gender equity, as well as the perfect slice of pizza.
Jacqueline is a 4th year student at New York University pursuing a B.S. in Media, Culture, and Communications and a Minor in Web Programming. Her interest in food was kick started in her hometown of Princeton where she worked at the bent spoon, a small ice cream shop focused on featuring local, seasonal ingredients in unconventional ways (think tree ice cream infused with pine needles, and ricotta ice cream with orange and cinnamon). Jacqueline went on to study at NYU, where she spent a semester drinking pilsners and eating goulash in Prague. With an interest in local food cultures, she spent a month in India studying urban food culture in Delhi, the intersection of food and religion in Bhubaneswar, and the state of sustainable agriculture at Vandana Shiva’s farm in Dehradun. Since then Jacqueline has worked in PR and communications for organizations like Edible Schoolyard NYC, Cookies for Kids with Cancer, and Gotham Greens. Jacqueline currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, where she is interested in studying the ethics of environmental and food policy.