National Office Staff

Richard McCarthy

Executive Director

Richard McCarthyRichard McCarthy embodies the phrase "think globally; act locally." He joined Slow Food USA as Executive Director in January 2013, having previously served as Executive Director of Market Umbrella, an internationally recognized non-profit mentor organization for farmers markets, community building and sustainable economic development. After Hurricane Katrina, Richard played a key role in restarting the local agricultural economy in the New Orleans area, aiming to help provide returning residents with a sense of normalcy and resilience through the revival of farmers markets.

From 2005-2007, Richard served as a founding President for the Farmers Market Coalition, the national voice for farmers markets, which contributed to the development of the US Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Promotion Program, yielding $32 million over seven years to farmers market innovation and professionalism.

Richard was named a "Hero of the New South" in 2012 by Southern Living Magazine and a "Public Health Champion" in 2004 by the Tulane University School of Public Health. He earned his master's degree at the London School of Economics and his bachelor's degree at Richmond, The American University of London. When he's not dreaming up new projects, he enjoys playing squash, gardening and cooking vegetarian meals with his family at home.

Giselle Kennedy Lord

Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

Prior to joining Slow Food USA in November 2018, Giselle worked for many years as a freelance video producer and digital media maven specializing in food culture and agriculture. She has worked with numerous farmers, producers, restaurants, and organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Giselle holds a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from the University of San Francisco and a master’s degree in Gastronomy from Boston University, where she focused her research on diaspora foodways and the culinary crossroads between the Middle East and Latin America. She was named James Beard National Scholar Northwest in 2017. Giselle is a native Californian living in Oregon and constantly dreaming of mana’eesh bil za'atar in Beirut.

Ian McHugh

Network and Operations Coordinator

Ian joined Slow Food USA in May 2016. Through his experiences studying food culture and globalization in Southern Mexico and Mountain Top Removal in his home state of Kentucky, Ian has developed a varied and passionate view on environmental justice and human well-being. Prior to joining Slow Food, Ian was the Sustainability Project Coordinator for Jefferson Community & Technical College, based in Louisville, KY, where he focused his efforts on integrating sustainability in the college's curricula and establishing urban gardens to increase access to healthy food choices for the surrounding community. Ian has a bachelor's degree from Berea College in the field of Social Justice with a concentration in Sustainability and Environmental Studies.

Anna Mulé

Director of Communications and Campaigns

Anna Mulé portraitAnna Mulé joined Slow Food USA in May 2016. She specializes in shaping culturally complex stories into pieces that are publicly accessible.

Previously, she worked at Wagner College as director of digital marketing and adjunct professor, at Brooklyn Arts Council as folk arts associate, at StoryCorps as outreach coordinator, and co-directs a digital media consulting company, Media Folk.

Anna grew up in rural upstate New York, where her family raised turkeys and made their own sausage, and has lived in Vietnam, Uganda, and Papua New Guinea. She received her master's degree in journalism and folklore/ethnomusicology from Indiana University.

Krista Roberts

Slow Food Nations Event Director

Krista RobertsA former management consultant, professionally trained cook, and mother of two sons, Krista brings over 15 years of leadership experience and a passion for good food to Slow Food. She has been actively involved with Slow Food since 2007 after moving back to Denver from the UK and following her passion for food to Cook Street's professional culinary program and the kitchen at Duo Restaurant. Prior to embarking upon a food-focused career, Krista spent 10 years as a corporate business consultant with Accenture, followed by two years as director of executive development programs at Durham University in England. She is proud to have been a founding member of the City of Denver's Sustainable Food Policy Council and to serve on the Colorado Heritage and Agritourism Committee, helping to advocate and influence policy for sustainable food and farming in Colorado. Also the director of Slow Food Denver, Krista works with a strong leadership team, passionate volunteers, and like-minded community partners to create positive, lasting change in our food system. She believes in the joy of celebrating farmers, food producers, food traditions, and the future of food.


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Queena Chen

Network + Outreach

Queena is a recent graduate from Syracuse University where she received her Bachelor's in Food Studies. There, she found a strong interest in supporting the contributions of food workers and producers to our food ways. She hopes to contribute to building a more inclusive food system for all through policy, education, and empowerment. This fall, she'll also be at a farmer's market helping to increase community food security. Outside of Slow Food, she can be found attempting to make the perfect mac n' cheese and researching homemade treat recipes for her pup.

Christine Dzujna


Christine is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Food Studies at New York University. Her academic focus is on food policy. Her background includes legal support work at law firms and corporate law departments and building and managing ethics and compliance programs. She joined Slow Food USA this fall as a Policy Intern to help the organization stay on top of the latest Farm Bill news and coordinate calls to action. She will be focusing on writing relevant policy blog posts, as well as crafting relevant policy-involvement strategies for Slow Food USA. Christine has a B.A. in English and an A.S. in Paralegal Studies from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and a Leadership Professional in Ethics and Compliance certificate from the Ethics and Compliance Initiative. In her spare time Christine enjoys hiking with her dog, sailing, tending to her garden and cooking with the variety of vegetables and herbs it produces.


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