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 Sarasota, FL and Boston, MA 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.

Suzy Mahjoub

Suzy Mahjoub

Development Director

Saoussen Mahjoub, also known as Suzy, joins MEANS Database as Development Director. Previously, Suzy held the role of Chief Communications Officer at iCompass, an Artificial Intelligence/NLP startup focused on African Languages and Arabic dialects. She was in charge of communications, fundraising, and preparing for the next phase of iCompass’ growth and expansion in Africa and the Middle East. Prior to that, Suzy was an Advisor in Multicultural Marketing and Business Development with ALSAC, the fundraising organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
In 2011, she co-founded the Tunisian American Young Professionals (TAYP); a DC-based diaspora non-profit that promotes economic ties, cooperation and exchanges between Tunisia and the United States. Suzy holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Virginia (USA), with a concentration in Economics of the European Union (EU) and China, and a master’s degree in EU International Relations and Diplomacy from the College of Europe in Brugge (Belgium).

Emily Grant

Emily Grant

Florida Program Manager

Emily Grant is the Florida Program Manager overseeing food recovery projects around the state, including school district donations, chairing the Florida Food Recovery Coalition and piloting programs near her home in Sarasota, Florida. Prior to joining MEANS Database, Emily worked with University of Florida/IFAS Extension, the local library, a health nonprofit and a study abroad company. Her love for community building, environmental justice and food, drives her passion to increase food recovery efforts around the state. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, playing with her dog Ziggy, and discovering Florida wildlife.

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.

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.

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. 

Naomi Greengold

Naomi Greengold

Outreach Intern

Naomi Greengold is a senior at American University, purusing a degree in International Studies with a focus on Global Health. Her research interests focus on food insecurity and global nutrition. Naomi joined MEANS this Fall 2022 as an outreach intern. In her free time, Naomi enjoys playing rugby for the AU Women’s Rugby Football Club, baking for her family and friends, and visiting new museums.

Ellen Schoenberg

Ellen Schoenberg

Outreach Intern

Ellen Schoenberg is a senior at American University, where she is majoring in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG). She is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. Ellen joined MEANS in Fall 2022 as a social media and outreach intern. In her free time, Ellen enjoys volunteering at a local food pantry, watching baseball, and spending time with her friends and family. 

Jeffrey Yeboah

Jeffrey Yeboah

CEE Fellow

Jeffery understands how poor waste management harms the environment, and disproportionately impacts marginalized communities. Through his recycling company, he repurposes car tires and automobile waste into furniture and other household items. For his host placement, Jeffery wants to deepen his knowledge of the environmental sustainability chain, as well as sustainable recycling practices which can be applied at the local level in his community. He is interested in learning how different communities handle waste management, disposal, and recycling. Specifically, he is interested in learning how to upcycle plastic waste, how to scale recycling practices, as well as the link between sustainability and job creation

Espoir Sepa

Espoir Sepa

CEE Fellow

Espoir works to combat plastic pollution in Kenya. He hopes to expand his current efforts to create a sustainable company focused on combatting climate change while also creating employment opportunities for young people in his home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Espoir sees entrepreneurship and job creation as one way to combat efforts to recruit young people into militia groups and improve economic and social opportunities for young people. Espoir would like to expand his networks globally with U.S organizations promoting sustainable development goals. He aims to contribute to reliable and affordable energy in his community as well as engage youths and women in climate action to combat pollution. He is looking for concrete logistical experience in organizing and running a recycling company that he can use to adapt his current volunteer initiative into a company that can support itself and employees.