Our Team

We may be young, but we’re experienced. Our team has a combined 20+ years of food recovery and hunger fighting experience. Two of our current team members have been recognized by former President Obama for their service. Our Executive Director alone has over ten years of experience with emergency feeding systems and working on hunger policy. Learn more about our individual team members below, and get in touch with who you need to speak to.

As a nonprofit, we have a highly involved Board of Directors. It consists of our two co-founders and an outside emergency food expert. Our board is highly involved in programmatic and financial decisions. 100% of the board is involved in giving. While all three are in constant communication, all formal decisions are made at board meetings following the established bylaws. Budgets are reviewed by the board and addressed in both the board’s day-to-day interactions and informal board meetings.

Zoey Jordan Salsbury

Zoey Jordan Salsbury

Deputy Director

Zoey has been involved in the hunger space since she first volunteered at her local food bank with her Girl Scout troop. She joined MEANS right after its founding in the summer of 2014 and since then she’s worn many hats from Communications Director, to Human Resources Manager, to Grant Writer, to Photographer, to Graphic Designer. Previously she worked for a digital fundraising and marketing firm, as an Account Coordinator raising thousands of dollars for candidates for federal and local offices. In her free time, Zoey can be found knitting and tremendously enjoying playing video games badly.

 

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

Project 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 Portland, Oregon where she enjoys being outside, hiking, running, and camping.

Allie Jeanne Wilson

Allie Jeanne Wilson

Project 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.

Grace Hoening

Grace Hoening

Project Coordinator

Grace is a music therapy major at the University of Evansville Music Conservatory. She started working for MEANS as an intern in the summer of 2019. Grace has helped with summer lunch programs and biked over 700 miles to raise awareness of food insecurity and world hunger. In her free time, Grace enjoys hanging out with her friends, spending time outside, and spontaneous bursting into song.

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!

Oliver Johnson

Oliver Johnson

Policy Researcher and Project Coordinator

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.

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.

Evie Scott

Evie Scott

Outreach Assistant

Evie Scott started working at MEANS in June of 2020 as a summer intern because she felt a strong urge to help people in light of the pandemic. She has since graduated high school and is now attending the University of Maryland. Outside of MEANS, Evie enjoys hiking, volunteering at local organic farms, and being outside in nature.

 

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!

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 Nelson

Grant Nelson

Board Member

Grant Nelson, co-founder of MEANS Database, was responsible for building the tech side of the company. His background in coding in several languages allowed him to create the platform we use today. He was a student at George Washington University’s law school at the creation of the organization and is integral in significant decisions for the nonprofit as an active board member.