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.

Kalila Booker-Cassano, Program Officer

As the Program Officer at the Kendall Foundation, Kalila manages program strategy, as well as the foundation’s grant-making process, and conducts research on key issues and trends. Kalila joined the foundation in 2016 after working 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.

Francesca Gallo, Program Associate

As Program Associate at the Kendall Foundation, Francesca supports the management of program strategy and grants administration. Francesca also supports research on key issues and trends, including justice and equity in philanthropy. Francesca first worked with the foundation as an intern in 2018. Francesca also currently works as Program Associate with the University of Rhode Island’s Master Gardener Program, serves as a Grant Reviewer on the Northeast SARE Technical Committee, and provides freelance program support services for Rhode Island nonprofits. Based in Providence, RI, Francesca has experience in the fields of community development, food systems, design and the arts, political campaigns, education, and animal welfare. She is a systems thinker, artist, and relationship-builder committed to systems transformation through deep listening, grassroots leadership, antiracism, and the shifting of power to communities.

Francesca began her undergraduate studies at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and graduated with an A.B. in Urban Studies from Brown University in 2019.

Board of Trustees

  • Andrew W. Kendall
  • John P. Kendall
  • Kenneth F. Meyers
  • Tore Nelson
  • Phoebe S. Winder