Associate Board Members
Zoe King, President
Zoe has worked for Verde Solutions, a Chicago-based commercial energy efficiency consulting company since 2012. 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 holds a B.S. degree in Biotechnology from Indiana University and has professional experience in manufacturing roles as a Scientist, Procurement Rep, and Project Manager. She is currently assisting a Chicago based eco-friendly rideshare start-up, Wuji, launch and is developing a public park in Indianapolis. Alina will be pursuing an MBA/MPA dual-degree in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School this fall. 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.
Celia is an Account Executive at VTS, working with commercial real estate owners and managers to drive portfolio efficiency and revenue. Previously, Celia spent three years at Goby with a diverse range of clients across the commercial real estate industry to assist with operational goals, performance targets, and sustainability initiatives. She has experience in many spheres of sustainability, which gives her a well rounded perspective when it comes to developing business strategy. Outside of Goby, Celia enjoys traveling, spending time outside, and live music.
Amy is an economic development and policy professional whose interest in local and sustainable food systems began during her graduate studies in city and regional planning at Cornell University. She also received a B.S. in Economics from Clemson University in her home state of South Carolina and currently works for World Business Chicago, a public-private partnership that drives economic growth and job creation. Amy is an enthusiastic supporter of Chicago’s growing food and beverage community and spends her free time trying new food and pulling as many corks as possible.
Sarah Harvey, Treasurer
Sarah Harvey works on the corporate responsibility team at Hyatt hotels in Chicago. Before joining Hyatt, Sarah was Next Bites' treasurer for almost two years, managing the Sustainability Assistance Internship program and working to build the organizations programs. Sarah was one of the founders of the Next Bites Associate Board and has been an active member of the board since its launch in May of 2016.
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.
After a ten-year career in the US Coast Guard, 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 works to help electric and water utilities respond to changing regulations and growing customer expectations and plan for grid modernization and a low-carbon energy future. As part of the Sustainability Team at WMP, Liston is also focused on understanding the business drivers for sustainability and helping clients develop responsible solutions.
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!