OUR STAFF

Andrew W. Kendall, Executive Director

Andy is the Executive Director of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation and together with his colleagues is helping to launch its new program focused on helping build a stronger local food system in New England.

Andy joined the foundation in 2012 after spending 12 years as President of The Trustees of Reservations, a revered, Massachusetts institution founded in 1891 dedicated to protecting properties of exceptional ecological, historic, or scenic value. Amongst his accomplishments, Andy led the development of a network of community farms and gardens across Massachusetts that engaged thousands of people in the sustainable production of local food. Prior to his time at TTOR, Andy worked at both the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Audubon as well as in Costa Rica where he worked on global conservation issues.

Andy is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Business School. In 2011, Andy received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Amherst College for his commitment to the environment.

Courtney Bourns, Senior Program Officer

Courtney Bourns is a senior program officer at the Henry P. Kendall Foundation.  In this role, she collaborates with her colleagues on the staff and board of the Foundation to determine strategic and grantmaking priorities.  She is currently helping to roll out the Foundation’s new grantmaking program focused on building a resilient food system across the six New England states.

Courtney joined the foundation in 2011 after three years as Vice President of Programs with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations in Washington, DC. There, she directed efforts to advance the field of philanthropy by supporting grantmakers to partner with their grantees in ways that make the biggest difference to grantee effectiveness and ultimately lead to impact.  Courtney brought to GEO her expertise in facilitation, organizational development and multi-stakeholder change initiatives.  She was the author of GEO’s 2010 publication entitled, “Do Nothing About Me Without Me: An Action Guide for Engaging Stakeholders.”

Previously, Courtney served as director of organizational development at Conservation International and senior associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change. Today, she is a board member at the Center for Courage and Renewal. 

Courtney received her BA from Brown University and her MA from Union Theological Seminary.

Kalila Booker-Cassano, Program Assistant

As the Program Assistant at the Kendall Foundation, Kalila supports the work of the program team, manages the grants process and conducts research on key issues and trends. Before joining the Kendall Foundation, Kalila worked as a food educator at Allergic to Salad, a nutrition education nonprofit based in New York City, where she taught after school cooking classes with a focus on seasonal, vegetarian, and culturally diverse food to students of all ages. Kalila previously worked as a research assistant in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, where she provided support on a project that centered on SNAP benefits and the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, as well as a study comparing CSA produce prices to various local supermarkets in the area.

Kalila graduated with a B.A. in History and German from Williams College, where she was a member of the Williams Environmental Coalition, and served as a student representative to the Dining Committee.

 

Advisors

Kathleen Merrigan, Senior Advisor

Kathleen Merrigan is the Executive Director of Sustainability at The George Washington Univesity, where she leads university efforts in sustainability education, research and outreach. From 2009-2013, Dr. Merrigan was U.S. Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, overseeing a $150 billion budget and 110,000 employees.  As Deputy Secretary, Dr. Merrigan created and led the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative to support local food systems; was a key architect of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign; and made history as the first woman to chair the Ministerial Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Before joining USDA, Dr. Merrigan held a variety of positions in government and civil society, including the Director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment M.S./Ph.D. Program at Tufts University, Administrator of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, and staff to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, where she wrote the law establishing national standards for organic food.  Dr. Merrigan holds a Ph.D. in environmental planning and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas, and a B.A. from Williams College.  Recognizing the history and scope of her work, Time Magazine named Dr. Merrigan among the “100 most influential people in the world” in 2010.

 

Board of Trustees

Andrew W. Kendall

John P. Kendall

Kenneth F. Meyers

Tore Nelson

Phoebe S. Winder