Board + Staff

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 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.

Elly Veloria, Program Assistant

As the Program Assistant, Elly supports the general programming and administrative efforts while coordinating research projects and outreach opportunities. While interning at Daily Table last summer, she explored the impact of sustainable and regional food systems, food justice initiatives, and the powerful role of community-oriented food sovereignty and security. Her experience sparked an interest in healthy and resilient food systems, which led her to the Kendall Foundation. She is excited to support equitable community development through a compassionate and collaborative approach to social justice. 


She graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Anthropology and Africana Studies.


Board of Trustees

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