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.

Ian McHugh

Administrative Assistant

Ian McHughIan joined Slow Food USA in June 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. Most recently, 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 an urban garden 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.

Andrew Nowak

School Garden Specialist

Andrew NowakAndrew Nowak was the Project Director for Slow Food Denver's "Seed to Table" (STT) school food program from 2001-2012, growing the program from four school gardens to more than 60 school sites. Andrew helped to develop a "Youth Farmers' Market" (YFM) program that appeared in 32 school sites last year and received funding from the CO Department of Agriculture to implement the this model in food deserts in Denver. In addition, Andrew developed the food safety protocols and procedures for the "Garden to Cafeteria" program that allows students to grow produce for the school lunch program and is a model for similar programs around the country. For the past five years, Andrew has been the community partner for Denver Public School's School Food Learning Lab (School Food FOCUS), helping the District source local foods for the cafeteria, to train the school kitchen staff how to scratch cook and to implement salad bars throughout the district's cafeterias. In 2010, the governor appointed Andrew to the "Colorado Farm-to-School Task Force" and, in 2011 he became Executive Director of Real Food Colorado to promote the development of "Farm-to-School" programs throughout the state. On the National level, Andrew is a "Hall of Fame Chef" with Share Our Strength's "Cooking Matters" program and was one of six chefs invited to the White House in 2010 to help develop the "Chefs Move to Schools Program." He earned his doctorate in psychology at the University of Iowa and has been a culinary professional for over 30 years.

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.


Onna Jaeger

Network Support + Outreach

Onna graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2016 with a dual degree in Communications & Spanish and a minor in Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies. Her interest in social justice grew to overlap with her foodie self, which led her to explore the food justice realm with Slow Food. Wanting to start her food justice journey ground up, she decided to work on an organic vegetable, fruit & flower farm in Connecticut. Her experiences farming led her on a 3 month trip around Central & South America to work on more organic farms, exploring coffee, honey & mushroom productions. Although she adores the unique combination of serenity and resilience that comes with farming, she is particularly interested in how communities find ways to reconnect with the earth & each other through food.

Taylor Pate

Network Support + Outreach

A native of the natural state of Arkansas, Taylor has grown up surrounded by biodiversity, which has fostered her love of food. Inspired by her involvement with urban agriculture within the state, Taylor went on to attend Hendrix College, pursuing research related to urban agriculture and food insecurity. She has worked locally in Arkansas with No Kid Hungry, as well as with international organizations such as Heifer International on issues related to childhood food insecurity and environmental policy. Her travels and studies led her to study in Czech Republic and onwards to a master's degree in the United Kingdom, where she received a degree in food security and development from the University of Reading. Currently in New York, Taylor is pursuing work around issues of urban food insecurity, climate change, and gender equity, as well as the perfect slice of pizza.

Ian Z McFaul

Slow Food Nations International Delegate Support

IanZMcFaulA native of Phoenix, Arizona, Ian grew up both under the shadows of saguaros and summers on an apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin. After high school, Ian moved to the Bay Area to work for Apple. While at Columbia University in New York, reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma opened his eyes to the need for both savoring and sustainability in our modern foodsystem. Returning to San Francisco just before the Obamas entered the White House, Ian joined their spirit of volunteering at Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley. While working for Virgin America in 2008, Ian went to Arizona, Alaska, Delaware, and Illinois to source local food and drinks from the candidates’ states for an Election Night 2008 party. Now a devoted locavore, Ian plans his travel seeking out and enjoying the best of what’s locally produced, especially things unique to the region and boarded on the Ark of Taste. After working in communications and customer experience in San Francisco, London, Melbourne, and Manila, Ian volunteers with the Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture and Sonoma County Farm Trails, and has decided to refocus towards a career in sustainable, local food and improving access to it for everyone.


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