Hunter works as the Special Projects Manager at Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market, a independent natural food retailer in Richmond, Virginia with a focus on supporting local economies and agriculture. Additionally, he is a partner in JM Stock Provisions a local, whole-animal butchery operation out of Charlottesville. Hunter began his career as a research analyst for Canal Capital Management before starting Harvest Grocery & Supply, a micro-grocery in Richmond. Hunter holds a degree in Economics from Hampden-Sydney and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses Program at Babson College. He is currently working on a launching an organic partner farm in Hanover for Ellwood Thompson’s. He is the chairperson of Tricycle Urban Agriculture. And he is working on earning an MBA through the Executive Eduction program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Michael earned an undergraduate degree at Yale University and a graduate degree at Columbia University. He began his career in banking and later honed his financial skills as a 15-year executive in the broadcast television business. He is the founder of an initiative called Foodwaze, an app to help consumers identify the best sources of sustainable/regenerative food at restaurants, markets, and farms. Michael serves on the board of Grow Ahead, which teams up with farmer organizations in Africa, Central & South America and other parts of the world to support climate resiliency initiatives. He also serves on the board of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming, whose mission is to promote organic and biological farming and gardening, and the board of Market Central, which provides support services for Charlottesville’s farmers markets. Michael also serves on the planning team for the Charlottesville Food Justice Network, and is on the board of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, as well as the steering committee for Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, an interfaith group working to advance climate justice.
Parker Agelasto is the Executive Director of the Capital Region Land Conservancy. He has an MBA from UVA's Darden School of Business, a Master of Arts in Art History, also from UVA, and a BA from Bates College. He serves on the Richmond City Council as well as the boards of the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, Richmond Region Transportation Planning Organization, Richmond Region Tourism, and the Maymont Foundation. Parker has been with CRLC since October 2015. He has developed collaborative relationships with elected officials and planning staffs across the region to better coordinate strategic land conservation. His experience with land conservation is also personal; his family owns a 200 acre property in Nelson County along the Rockfish River (a tributary of the James River) that is protected under a conservation easement.
Mary Margaret Frank
Mary Margaret Frank is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. In addition to holding the Samuel A. Lewis Sr. Faculty Fellowship, Frank is also an academic director for Darden's Institute for Business in Society (IBiS). Her current research focuses on the effects of regulated disclosure on the strategy of corporate management, investors and entrepreneurs. Her interest in regulated disclosure focuses on financial accounting, tax and patent reporting. Additional academic interests include the integration of business principles and public policy objectives through public-private partnerships and impact investing. Prior to joining the Darden faculty in 2002, Frank taught at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business and at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. She practiced as a CPA and worked for Arthur Andersen in Washington, D.C. as a senior tax consultant. She is currently on the board of directors of the Veru Inc.
Rick Hood is the founder/owner of Ellwood Thompson's Local Market in Richmond, VA. He started the business in 1989 in the city's West End and moved it to its current location in Carytown in 1993, where it occupies more than 20,000 square feet and continues to thrive in its healthy eating niche as the largest independent organic and natural food store in Virginia. Rick is also the owner of Dawson's Market in Rockville, MD. He is a graduate with an A.B. in Economics, from the University of North Carolina and a graduate, with a B.A. in Architecture, from the University of Tennessee. He is a member of Real Local RVA, an organization that supports local food in Richmond (founding member; steering committee), and he is a member of the Independent Natural Food Retailer Association and Tricycle Urban Agriculture (Board Member).
Roberta Keller is the founder and chief executive officer of Alexis Advisors, a Richmond-based financial advisory firm founded in 2013. As a Certified Benefit Corporation (B Corp), the firm's mission is not merely to turn a profit, but to make a positive impact on the community through advocacy, education, and service. Earlier in her career, Roberta spent nearly ten years in institutional money management – working for a hedge fund in Connecticut, and on Wall Street and in London for a large investment bank. Roberta is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a BA in English Literature and French.
Pete Sisti is the CEO of Novanex, Inc., a Charlottesville-based global provider of real-time performance management and visual communication solutions that help organizations maximize operational performance and improve public safety. In addition, Pete is owner of Greater Richmond Grains, a Certified Organic family farm in Powhatan, VA. It is one of very few farms in Virginia growing grains using organic practices.
Kristen Suokko is the Executive Director of Local Food Hub in Charlottesville, VA. She served as Chairwoman of the organization's Board of Directors in 2012, and in 2013 became Executive Director. Kristen maintains a wealth of experience in environmental philanthropy and nonprofit excellence, as well as environmental planning and sustainability. She began her career in Washington, D.C., working for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the U.S. Department of Energy. Kristen has lived in Charlottesville for over 15 years and previously held positions with the W. Alton Jones Foundation and the Blue Moon Fund. Kristen received a degree in Russian from Middlebury College and is from New England.