Our Team

Our dedicated team works together to match excess and need across the country. We are fully remote, with staff from Washington, DC to Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, GA to Austin, TX. You can reach us at [email protected] or by call or text at (202)449-1507.

Our Board

Julia Shullman

Julia Shullman

Board Member

Julia is General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at TripleLift. She oversees the company’s legal matters and is responsible for ensuring that TripleLift’s technology, practices, and procedures meet global privacy requirements. She is also responsible for driving the company’s go-to-market privacy and public policy strategy.  Her expertise is in connecting the dots between policy, technology, and strategy and she believes deeply in the power of using technology for good. Julia began her career as an M&A Associate at Latham & Watkins and holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.  

Maria Rose Belding

Maria Rose Belding

Co-founder and Chair of the Board

As the author of more than a dozen nationally published pieces on food security and poverty, Maria Rose has also had the privilege to speak on the same issues in 25 states. Her work has not gone unnoticed, with recognition from Points of Light, L’Oreal Paris,  and the Obama White House with President’s Volunteer Service awards in 2014 and 2016, along with being named a 2018 Glamour College Woman of the Year. In December 2018 at age 23, she became the youngest woman ever named a CNN Hero of the Year. Maria Rose graduated from American University in Washington, DC in May 2019,  receiving a B.S. in public health while on the premed track. In her free time, she enjoys being asleep.

Grant M Nelson

Grant M Nelson

Co-founder and Board Member

Grant Nelson cofounded the MEANS Database and for the first 18 months wrote all of the code in addition to helping grow partnerships with donors and nonprofits to create a sustainable food recovery platform. He’s since passed on code-writing responsibilities and works on the board to guide MEANS’ big picture strategy. Grant’s day job is working as a product manager for privacy and identity at a fast-growing advertising technology company. Grant has a J.D. from George Washington University and practiced as a privacy attorney for several years before diving into product management.

Sammie Paul

Sammie Paul

Executive Director

Sammie has worked with MEANS for more than five years, starting as an Outreach Volunteer and wearing many hats as she continues to work with MEANS to grow and expand its impact nationally. She has a history of service with public health nonprofits both in the United States with SOS Children’s Villages and abroad with Lea Toto in Nairobi, Kenya. Sammie is currently located in NYC, and in her free time loves going to concerts and taking advantage of the restaurant scene.

Kenna Rogers

Kenna Rogers

Senior Program Manager and Senior Staff

Kenna Rogers started as an intern at MEANS while completing her undergrad at American University and now manages our Community Meal Program and is a member of Senior Staff. Growing up, Kenna volunteered at her local food recovery organization and she saw firsthand the potential of food rescue and how it can be used to feed those in need. Kenna currently lives in Washington, DC where she enjoys being outside, hiking, running, and camping.

Allie Jeanne Wilson

Allie Jeanne Wilson

Senior Program Manager and Senior Staff

Allie Wilson is a Program Manager at MEANS Database. Allie manages food recovery programs across the country and focuses on collaborative community outreach to encourage food donation. She received her Masters of Science in Agroecology from the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil and has her Bachelors of Science in Global Resources Systems from Iowa State University. Allie is passionate about agroecology, food sovereignty, and supporting resilient food systems across the globe.

Oliver Johnson

Oliver Johnson

Policy Researcher, Project Coordinator, and Senior Staff

Oliver’s first time working was for MEANS in 2016. Initially joining as a junior web-developer, Oliver was able to grow with the organization. Currently he focuses his efforts on local, state, and federal legislation which affect MEANS and the greater food system. Oliver attends Colgate University and major in Philosophy.

Erika Pilpre

Erika Pilpre

Data Analyst and Tech Liaison

Erika Pilpre is a freshman at MIT studying computer science and neuroscience. Her interests lie in the intersection of agriculture, food, and technology. She started working at MEANS as an ambassador in 2020 and now serves as the Data and Tech Liaison. She spends her free time writing, taking pictures and playing with food.

Renee Jean-Baptiste

Renee Jean-Baptiste

Grant Writer and Communications Assistant

Renee is a senior at American University, where she is studying Business Administration and Public Relations. She started at MEANS two years ago as an intern and now works as a Grant Writer and Communications Assistant. In her free time, Renee enjoys hiking, reading, and exploring cool restaurants in DC!

Ireland Griffin

Ireland Griffin

Outreach Assistant

Ireland Griffin started working at MEANS in Spring 2020 as an outreach ambassador, and now works as an outreach assistant. Outside of MEANS, she likes to volunteer at local food pantries, find new coffee shops and spend time in bookstores.

Shemie Daniels

Shemie Daniels

Outreach Assistant

Shemie Daniels started with MEANS Database in the spring of 2020 as an outreach ambassador intern, before joining in the fall of 2021 as an outreach assistant! In her free time, she loves to watch documentaries, hang out with friends and family as well as bake and cook!

Victoria Cao

Victoria Cao

Rhode Island Outreach Intern

Victoria is a junior at Brown University pursuing a AB in Public Health and Sc.B in Biology. At MEANS, she is serving as the Outreach Intern beginning this February. She is passionate about food insecurity in the Providence community and runs a branch of Food Recovery Network at Brown. Outside of this, she founded a Cooking Club at Brown to promote healthy, sustainable eating while providing the future skills for college students. Her hopes are to attend medical school after graduation. 

Hannah Ruth Harvey Wellons

Hannah Ruth Harvey Wellons

Grant Writer

Hannah Ruth Wellons is a grant writer living and working in Washington, DC. She also currently works at Temple Micah as a Development Associate. In the past, she worked at the American University Library in Building Operations and at Crumbs & Whiskers as a Host. When not working, she enjoys singing in choirs, all things theatre, and reading.

Dilan Desir

Dilan Desir

Florida Outreach Intern

Dilan Desir is an outreach assistant for MEANS database since early February 2022. His ultimate goal is to make positive impacts on at-risk communities. When he is not on the clock, he spends his free time volunteering with local youth organizations, tutoring, reading about different cultures, or watching movies!