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Our Staff

Katie Nelson, Executive Director

Katie has been an active participant in the Salt Lake City food justice scene since 2012, when she began volunteering with The Green Urban Lunch Box. Since joining the staff in 2014, Katie has been assisting our founder, Shawn Peterson, in establishing and growing both the Back-Farms and FruitShare programs from the ground up. Katie has extensive experience in grassroots program development, gleaning, and urban farming. She is delighted to step into her new role as Executive Director and aims to continue growing the food rescue and distribution efforts of The Green Urban Lunch Box, while supporting the organization's capacity to empower people to grow their own food creatively.

Darin Mann, FruitShare Coordinator

Darin has long had a passion for building community, whether it was founding an organization like U fight PD designed to help people suffering from Parkinson's Disease, or working as an environmental advocate on Capitol Hill for Utah Rivers Council and SLC Air Protectors, Darin has been there to push for a better future.


Now his passion for community and living in a sustainable environment has lead him to work for the Green Urban Lunchbox. He hopes to help build a future where we can sustainably provide food for people through responsible Urban Agriculture and fruit tree gleaning.


Darin is very excited to be a part of the GULB team and is excited to work with all of you toward building a sustainable way to solving Utah’s food needs. If you would like to contact him please email him at fruitshare@gulb.org.

Jenae Ridge, Development Director

Growing up in Michigan, Jenae's main idea of farmers were shaped by those angry old men that would chase her and her friends off their fields when she was a kid. After accidently landing an internship at a farmers market in college, she began to become aware of the abundance of food available through her community.


To explore growing food and building community, she sought out internships and gigs across the country. This passion took her from Saint Louis to Hawaii to Utah. While working at the Youth Garden Project in Moab, Jenae's love for gardening really blossomed. She moved to Salt Lake City in 2015 to be one of our first AmeriCorps Vistas. Moving up to become our FruitShare coordinator in 2016 and transitioning into the Executive Director role with EATS Park City in 2017. 

Jenae returns to the Green Urban Lunch Box in 2019 and will continue to grow with our organization.

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Our Board

Jenn Bloom, Chair of the Board

Public Relations, Real Estate Development, FruitShare Home Owner

Weston Millen, Vice-Chair of the Board

Technology systems design

Mary Mahony, Treasurer of the Board

Retired, Back Farms participant

Megan Warren, Secretary of the Board

Event Coordinator, University of Utah

Sydney Rich, Board Member

Planner and Economics Analyst for GSBS Architects

Nicole Taylor, Board Member

Teacher, The International School

Neil Rickard, Board Member

Utahan's Against Hunger

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