A native of Chicago, Princess has worked as a licensed trainer and educator in North Minneapolis for more than twenty years. She is an AFC founder and oversees the organization’s education and training programs. Princess is passionate about working with families and children to build healthy foundations for lifelong learning.
Michelle oversees the development, finance and governance of AFC. Years spent as a public defender and working in the kitchen of award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein inform her work at AFC. Michelle’s father’s family is from the Northside and she has a passion for building racial and social equity in this community.
LaTasha supervises AFC’s community programs and is a founder of the organization. She is passionate about food affordability and access for Northside families. She is a lifelong North Minneapolis resident, and is active in the local food justice movement to advocate for and give back to her community.
Darryl supervises day-to-day operations at AFC, providing human resources support and management expertise. A Los Angeles native, Darryl brings 25 years of experience working in the private sector, as a high school teacher, private investigator and database administrator. He is an avid urban farmer, maintaining his own plots at his home in North Minneapolis.
Lachelle leads AFC’s Breaking Bread Cafe & Catering social enterprise and training program. She spent the first fifteen year of her career in nonprofit administration, but has been cooking her entire life. Prior to joining AFC, Lachelle launched her own catering company, Chelle’s Kitchen, LLC, and worked as a cooking instructor for Minneapolis Public School’s adult community education programs.
Jon is responsible for financial planning, reporting, and auditing for the organization and each of its social enterprises. Prior to joining the AFC team, Jon taught accounting and finance at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. He enjoys volunteering with Habitat For Humanity both locally and abroad. He has also been involved in his neighborhood community garden, although that usually results in a lot of overgrown zucchini.
Blaire is responsible for implementing AFC’s fund development and communications strategies. A Minnesota native, she’s always had an interest in all things health, wellness, and food. She is the co-founder of Truce, Minnesota’s first 100% organic fresh pressed juice company. Prior to Truce, she received her Master’s in Development Practice from the University of Minnesota. Blaire is passionate about sustainable, positive growth in the city she grew up in.
Tess is the welcoming smile of AFC, and her administrative skills keep our team and organization running smoothly. She brings experience in marketing and advertising to communications and development efforts. Tess is a lifelong Northside resident and is thrilled to be back working in and for the community that raised her.
An Ohio native, Shekina is a Northside resident and dear friend of AFC turned volunteer turned employee. Shekina helps garnish community connections, facilitate workshops & works closely with AFC youth. She has an unrelenting passion for her community & the growth of her people.
Nicole Powell was born and raised in North Minneapolis and is passionate about her community. Nicole studied Human Service at MCTC. Nicole started out as a participant in AFC’s Community Cooks, then she volunteered, and is now a Program Manager. Nicole’s hard work and devotion helps change the way community members eat, think and live. Being raised in a community where many people are affected by diet related disease, Nicole believes in meeting people where they’re at and working with them to help improve the way they eat.
Jessie facilitates workshops with youth and adults, and engages youth in training, policy and advocacy work. Jessie is a lifelong Northsider and has previously developed leadership skills at Learning Works at The Blake School, FANS at Oak Park Neighborhood Services, St. Olaf with New Directions Youth Hockey Ministry, and Youth Care with Camp Sunrise.
LaTaijah began working with Appetite For Change in 2012 on the Corner Store Project campaign as well as helping with Community Cooks. She quickly took the initiative to be a leader, bringing her peers to the programs and by being a positive force in her community. LaTaijah has lived in North Minneapolis her entire life and recently graduated from Patrick Henry High School. She attends MCTC and loves performing arts, music and hanging out with her friends and family & being a new mom.
Ieshia Dabbs was invited to apply for a position at Appetite For Change in 2015, after attending the grand opening of Breaking Bread Café. Ieshia was employed at the time, but enjoyed the fellowship and the healthy food options; so she put in her two week notice and joined the food movement. She is a native of Minneapolis and graduated from Patrick Henry High School. She plans to work toward being a Director of Education and Training as well as open a business of her own.
Ibrahim is guardian of the gardens. He provides the day to day maintenance of our plots to ensure quality produce and admirable gardens. He is a freelance landscaper and has worked in mentoring youth as well as several local co-ops in the Twin Cities. Providing healthy foods for the community is one of his passions because he believes healthy foods nurture the body and mind which contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
Miah manages AFC’s policy and advocacy efforts, and organizes the Northside Fresh Coalition – a collaboration of community partners working towards a more equitable food system. Before joining AFC in 2016, Miah worked with Loaves & Fishes, Wirth Co-operative Grocery, and most recently managed marketing, outreach, and community engagement efforts at Urban Oasis.
Melanie is the Engagment Coordinator for the Northside Fresh Coalition. Before officially joining AFC, Melanie gained experience working with the organization through service learning projects on cultural humility in the food system and food policy score cards. She also has experience working in local food policy while interning at Waite House as well as gardening and nutrition education with children while working for the Arboretum’s children’s garden program.
Geoffrey is a Minnesota native who recently returned to Minneapolis after 14 years in New York. He has a passion for food and hospitality. His first job was as a barista at Caribou Coffee at 16 and he has worked in Cafés and restaurants ever since. In addition to making great latte art, Geoffrey is a professional musician and composer, performing shows around the Twin Cities and writing music for podcasts.
Brandyn is the Breaking Bread Café & Catering Head Chef and Kitchen Manager. He comes to us with over 30 years of experience in the Food industry. His love for food and his love to see people happy thru his food is what drives him in the food business.
Katie is a northern Minnesotan who comes to AFC with years of managing farmers’ markets and her own food business, RED Market. Here at AFC, she handles Kindred Kitchen operation, working with small food producers — from growers to caterers to salsa makers. She’s also working with NEON in year two of our partnership for the Food Business Incubator program.