Our Team

Meet The Team


Kelly ErnstFriedman (she/her)
Executive Director

“I’m so excited to join the City Slicker Farms team. I’ve admired the organizations’ work in supporting food justice and access for almost a decade, and I feel incredibly lucky to get to do this work in my own neighborhood.”

Kelly has 10+ years of non-profit leadership experience focused on working with communities to increase food, environmental and social justice. Prior to joining City Slicker Farms, she was the Executive Director of CommunityGrows, a garden-based youth development organization in San Francisco, and Program Director at Food Shift, a food recovery organization in Oakland. In 2010, she completed her doctorate in Cultural Anthropology with a concentration in Race, Gender, and Social Justice at American University in Washington, DC.

Julie Pavuk (she/her)
Director of Programs

(photo credit: Pendarvis Harshaw)

“I love working with soil, plants, and people. Every day I get to support gardeners who are growing their own food, especially those who struggle to access it otherwise, or who have or are at risk of having diet-related illnesses. This work supports individual and community wellness, as well as environmental health.”

Julie specializes in intensive urban agriculture techniques, urban farm management, program management, and garden education/coaching, using the lenses of food justice and therapeutic horticulture. One of her current interests is designing insectaries to grow and support populations of beneficial insects. Insectaries enable us to use more biological controls for pest management while creating oases of life and beauty that welcome friends like butterflies and hummingbirds to visit.

Claire Meuschke (she/her)
Garden & Education Manager

Claire Meuschke is led by the preservation, accessibility, and adaptability of traditional foods. She was a Farm Assistant at Las Milpitas Community Farm in Tucson, AZ, and more recently, a Farm Hand at Radical Family Farms in Sebastopol, CA. Descendent from a lineage of chefs in San Francisco Chinatown, she is grateful for this opportunity to grow food—on Ohlone land—where her family has lived for over a century. She is an educator, editor, and writer of poetry.


Vera Lopez (she/her)
Volunteer Program Coordinator

Verakerr Lopez is a multimedia artist, plant mama, and at home master chef, food is her love language. With her BA in Psychology and steming from an immigrant family of social justice warriors, Vera has since childhood participated in her surrouding community by volunteering or offering photography. After graduating from UCSC ’16, she started her first year with Americorps VISTA as Volunteer Coordinator at 826 Valencia in San Francisco, finding herself back in the same position with us now! After years of being in the bustling food industry in the front and back of house, Vera is now ready to be with the land, back to the root of things bringing joy, love, and security through food where it is needed here in her home of Oakland.

Danielle Smith (she/her)
Communications Coordinator

Danielle Smith is an artist activist and dance educator from Cleveland, Ohio. While receiving her Bachelors of Arts from the University of San Francisco 18’ she was an intern for both Phat Beets Produce and Farms to Grow Inc. In 2019, Danielle served as an AmeriCorps NCCC member in western Massachusetts teaching music and dance classes to youth at various schools and art centers. Danielle values diversity of perspectives and experiences and how we connect through food and community. Currently, Danielle serves at City Slicker Farms as the Communications Coordinator.

Andrea Preciado Hernandez (they/them)
Farm & Park Assistant

Andrea Preciado Hernandez, born and raised in Santa Ana, CA. They graduated from Sonoma State in 2018 with a degree in Geography. After graduating they went onto work at their local food bank in Orange County as a Calfresh Coordinator. After moving to Oakland in 2019, they worked in the Public Defender’s Office as a Client Advocate, doing intensive case management. Recently they have become a part of the Crucible; a non-profit industrial arts organization in West Oakland. On their free time, they enjoy making art, sewing and embroidering their own creations as well as just hanging out with friends or reading a good book. Andrea has been looking to get involved with City Slicker Farms since moving here in 2019, and is very excited now for their opportunity to be a part of the team and work with the land!

Support Team

Foresta Sieck-Hill


Marjorie Wolf, President (she/her)
Retired, Kairoi Health
Samara Cummins, Secretary (she/her)
Associate Director of Development, Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
David Wozniak, Treasurer (he/him)
Tax Accountant, John W. Brooker & Co.
Tina Broder (she/her)
Project Director, Building Equity and Alignment for Environmental Justice
Jana Cain (she/her)
Associate Director, Recruiting Relationship Manager, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Sara Draper-Zivetz (she/her)
Program Manager, SF Market
Alyssa Hammond (she/her)
Tyron Jordan (he/him)
Administrator, Morgan Lewis Bockius
Kari Kramer (she/her)
Program Specialist, USDA Food & Nutrition Services
Zachary Rickrode-Fernandez (he/him)
Development Manager, Center for Environmental Health
Hannah Tikalsky (she/her)
GrizzlyCorps Climate Action Fellow, Zero Foodprint Program Coordinator

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