Associate Board Members
Zoe King, President
Zoe has worked for Verde Solutions, a Chicago-based commercial energy efficiency consulting company, for the past 4 years. She enjoys living and working in a city where there are so many opportunities to get involved in sustainability efforts. Zoe earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Illinois and a M.S. in Sustainability Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Alina Pawchareune, Secretary
Alina is a dedicated environmental steward who hopes to help make the world a greener and better place. She recently joined Nature’s Little Recyclers, a Chicago based vermicomposting start-up company, as their Business Developer and is also a Project Manager at Regis Technologies. Alina holds a B.S. degree in Biotechnology from Indiana University and has experience in various manufacturing roles. She's passionate about creating zero waste ecosystems and connecting communities back to nature. In her spare time you can find her adventuring around the city on her bicycle, dancing to live music, or crafting up a new recipe.
Sarah Harvey, Treasurer
Sarah is extremely passionate about protecting the environment and doing what we can to reduce the human footprint on this planet. She received her degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign and has worked in the environmental field since graduating in 2012. She started her career working at a couple of different nonprofits, including roles as a development director, interim director and associate director at Next Bites! Sarah currently works as a sustainability analyst for Hyatt Hotels at their corporate office in downtown Chicago.
Matt is an advocate for sustainable practice in business. He works for Sodexo as Sustainability Coordinator at the Museum of Science and Industry and other cultural attractions, where he is proud to have launched several successful food donation programs. Previously, Matt worked for the University YMCA in Champaign as Sustainability coordinator, and as an ecological restoration crew member, and an outdoor education instructor. Outside of work, Matt is an avid homebrewer and cider-maker, nature-lover, and enjoys exploring all the Chicago food and craft beverage scene has to offer.
Liston's interest in environmental stewardship began during his 10-year career as a Boatswain's Mate in the U.S. Coast Guard where he developed a passion for enjoying and protecting our oceans. As his military career was coming to an end, Liston attended Penn State University where he earned a B.A. in Energy & Sustainability Policy. He now works as an Energy & Utilities Consultant at West Monroe Partners, a business and technology consulting firm based in Chicago where his practice is helping electric and water utilities respond to changing regulations, business evolution and growing customer expectations. In addition, as part of the Sustainability team at West Monroe, Liston is focused on understanding the business drivers for sustainability and how our clients can develop responsible solutions. In his spare time Liston and his wife Karen continue to fight the losing battle to visit every great new restaurant and craft brewery in Chicago.
Jenny Lynch, Board Liason
Jenny is a Senior Manager at Deloitte and works with clients across a number of industries addressing their sustainability needs. Jenny is passionate about environmental and social issues and believes that everyone has a role to play in taking care of the world we share. As a native Chicagoan, she would love to see the city continue to thrive as a dining destination, with a focus on sustainable practices and informed patronage.
Maddie is the Sustainability Specialist at Shedd Aquarium, in this role she coordinates the aquarium's sustainability initiatives and manages the sustainable seafood program. Maddie graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's degree in environmental studies and a specialization in environmental stewardship and sustainability. Her interest in food systems was sparked during a sustainable agriculture study abroad course in Costa Rica and fostered while leading the green initiative at a nationally recognized James Beard award winning farm to table restaurant.
Caroline has been passionate about food and sustainability her entire life - so much so that she received a Master's degree in Anthropology of Food from the University of London in 2012, and has been working in food ever since. She spent 4 years with Farmigo, an online marketplace dedicated to connecting people with local producers in their area, and is now a Development Manager for Farmer's Fridge in Chicago. As a new resident of Chicago, she has been so excited by the incredible food scene here, and looks forward to contributing to sustainability and healthy food access initiatives across the city!