Fiscal and legal oversight and management is among the roles of the FPAC Board of Directors. The Board serves as the governing body for FPAC and assists with ensuring organizational transparency, mission and values alignment, and as support and oversight of the Executive Director.
Board of Directors
Meaghan Perkins is an operations and supply chain leader in the consumer packaged goods industry committed to improving sustainability in our food system and labor rights in supply chains. Meaghan currently works as a supply chain analyst with SpoonfulOne, and is an advisor at Beetnik Foods, an organic prepared foods company that she co-founded with her family, where she served as the Director of Operations for the past six years and scaled operations to serve 6,000 grocery stores around the country.
With a background in the labor movement, Meaghan has worked alongside food industry workers organizing in campaigns with United Farm Workers and the Fast Food Worker’s Fight for $15 through the Change to Win labor federation. She is currently a member of the Women Food and Agriculture Network in the Growing Community Resiliency antiracism cohort, a volunteer researcher with Step Up Louisiana's Economic Justice Committee, and a 2021 Louisiana Fellow with the New Leaders Council.
Antonio Alonzo, Vice Chair
Antonio Alonzo is a systems entrepreneur. As the Executive Director of Fund 17 (www.fund17.org), he is committed to providing BIPOC and low-income entrepreneurs with accessible business services, funding, education, and workspace. Antonio's career started in the tech industry as a licensing and intellectual property specialist at local firm TurboSquid. He completed an impact investing fellowship at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies and the Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy at UPenn. Prior to this Antonio studied at Loyola and Loyola Law. Antonio is passionate about public policy and the food system and, in addition to being a board member of the New Orleans Food Policy Action Council, has served as Committee and working group Chair and as a member of the Steering Committee. Antonio’s professional background includes social enterprise management, public policy, impact investing, and entrepreneurship.
Pamela Broom is the 7th Ward Revitalization Project Manager at NewCorp, Inc. in New Orleans. Pam is a leader in the nonprofit sector with a passion for community development and diverse experience across program development, fundraising, outreach, strategic planning, partnering, and project management. She founded her own nonprofit organization, Women and Agriculture Network (WandA), in 2010 to help local women agricultural producers. She later also co-founded an organization focused on providing consulting services to other nonprofits, drawing up her more than 20 years of experience. Pam’s background has encompassed numerous areas of focus, including food security and food systems development, community infrastructure planning and improvement, work readiness and education, housing revitalization, and environmental stewardship.
Danny Mintz is director of safety net policy for the Louisiana Budget Project (LBP), where he is responsible for monitoring state and federal safety net policy and for working with partners to pursue an advocacy agenda that ensures that all Louisianans have the resources they need to meet their basic needs. Prior to joining LBP, Danny directed the Food Studies program at Loyola University New Orleans.
Danny holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.A. in English from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Congregation Shir Chadash in Metairie, Louisiana.
Marianne Cufone is an environmental attorney and long-time conservation and healthy affordable food advocate. Her expertise is in natural resources management, focused on oceans, fisheries, threatened species, food and farming. Over the past 20 years, she challenged, and collaborated in writing and passing many significant federal, state and local policies and laws. She litigated important environmental cases, and represented various non-profit and community groups, providing legal, policy and communications support.
Marianne is the founder and Executive Director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition, a national non-profit organization that promotes building innovative, eco-efficient farms to grow more affordable, local, fresh food. She also leads a unique virtual environmental law firm, Green Justice, that takes on complicated cases by pairing individual lawyers of specific expertise with law students, to lower costs and make legal representation more accessible.
Pepper Bowen, Board Chair
Shawn “Pepper” Roussel is an attorney, ecoculinarean, and food activist. Pepper is Managing Attorney of Green Pepper Legal, consultant with Green Pepper Consulting, member Attorney with Green Justice New Orleans, and the Founding Director of Culinaria Center for Food Law, Policy, and Culture. She is also Chairperson of the Board for New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee, Secretary of the Living School Board of Directors, member of the LA Clinical and Translational Center LA Community Advisory Board, and an Advisor to Imagine Water Works.
Pepper holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from Tulane University; an MS in Computer Information Technology with a concentration in eCommerce from Regis University; and a JD with certificates in both Environmental and International Laws from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. She is barred and admitted in all Louisiana courts and Chitimacha Tribal Court. Her writings focus on food and environmental injustice, remediation of invasive species, food systems and Black farmers, and the environmental impacts on food.
Erin Brock is the Policy & Advocacy Director at Feeding Louisiana and serves as the chair of FPAC’s Food Access Working Group as well as the co-founder and co-chair of the Louisiana Anti-Hunger Coalition. She works to respond to policies affecting communities experiencing hunger & poverty through direct advocacy with legislators, education, and facilitating grassroots advocacy amongst Feeding Louisiana’s network of food banks, partners, and community champions. Prior to joining Feeding Louisiana, Erin served as a Feeding America Child Hunger Corps fellow at Second Harvest Food Bank in New Orleans where she worked to strengthen and expand child hunger programs across Southern Louisiana. She has a background in public health, nutrition, and immigration reform. Erin was raised in a food is love family and is passionate about building a sustainable, equitable, and accessible food system across the South.