RFRS Team

RFRS Founder + Storytelling Facilitator Pei-Ru is a true believer in the magic of storytelling to build bridges and tear down walls between individuals. In a modern world so full of loneliness and disconnection, storytelling is a powerful way to remind us of our shared humanity and that if we come together we can create positive change in the world.  Pei-Ru is immensely grateful to the 100+ everyday storyteller she has worked with for taking the leap of faith in sharing vulnerably and authentically.  Memory Food: Taiwanese cold noodles

RFRS Founder + Storytelling Facilitator

Pei-Ru is a true believer in the magic of storytelling to build bridges and tear down walls between individuals. In a modern world so full of loneliness and disconnection, storytelling is a powerful way to remind us of our shared humanity and that if we come together we can create positive change in the world. 

Pei-Ru is immensely grateful to the 100+ everyday storyteller she has worked with for taking the leap of faith in sharing vulnerably and authentically. 

Memory Food: Taiwanese cold noodles

Director + Storytelling Facilitator - Pei-Ru Ko

Jocelyn listens to the radio obsessively - the same exact radio she's had since she was a little girl, in fact. Stories engender empathy, and empathy is the key to everything as far as Jocelyn's concerned: social movements, good relationships, a healthy planet, the list goes on. Radio is great but stories told among friends over a wholesome meal in a softly-lit room by someone who picks, plucks, raises or bakes the food you eat is even better. For her day job Jocelyn manages the West Coast community of B Corporations and is passionate about contributing to a diverse and inclusive movement of people using business as a force for good (and yes, empathy is central to that work too). Food memory: my grandmother's matzo ball soup

Jocelyn listens to the radio obsessively - the same exact radio she's had since she was a little girl, in fact. Stories engender empathy, and empathy is the key to everything as far as Jocelyn's concerned: social movements, good relationships, a healthy planet, the list goes on. Radio is great but stories told among friends over a wholesome meal in a softly-lit room by someone who picks, plucks, raises or bakes the food you eat is even better. For her day job Jocelyn manages the West Coast community of B Corporations and is passionate about contributing to a diverse and inclusive movement of people using business as a force for good (and yes, empathy is central to that work too).

Food memory: my grandmother's matzo ball soup

Volunteer Collaborator - Jocelyn Corbett

Sophia is a culinary tour guide, published food writer, and children's cooking instructor who is passionately immersed in the Bay Area food community. Steeped in many culinary traditions from her extensive travels around the globe, she believes that food is most powerful vehicle we have to create community. And as a fervent podcast listener, she feels that the intersection of storytelling and food may just be the sweetest possible combination of two of her favorite things.  As RFRS' Storytelling Program Manager, Sophia puts all the puzzle pieces together to connect our local changemakers in food to our greater RFRS community.  memory food: My family's bolognese sauce

Storytelling Program Manager - Sophia Lorenzi

Chandra is a filmmaker and activist who is passionate about using the power of storytelling to connect people and effect change.  Her passion for working at the intersection of food, sustainability, and health has led her on a path that includes producing television reports on food workers and farmers around the world, teaching farming to kids in NY and food policy to students at Yale, and working as a holistic health coach.  She has also worked as a farm hand on organic farms and consulted on agriculture projects in the U.S. and the Caribbean.  In 2011, she started Cultivate Films to share the stories of American farmers through short films.   Memory food: Grandma’s Thanksgiving potatoes

Chandra is a filmmaker and activist who is passionate about using the power of storytelling to connect people and effect change.  Her passion for working at the intersection of food, sustainability, and health has led her on a path that includes producing television reports on food workers and farmers around the world, teaching farming to kids in NY and food policy to students at Yale, and working as a holistic health coach.  She has also worked as a farm hand on organic farms and consulted on agriculture projects in the U.S. and the Caribbean.  In 2011, she started Cultivate Films to share the stories of American farmers through short films.  

Memory food: Grandma’s Thanksgiving potatoes

Volunteer Collaborator - Chandra Simon

Joyce's involvement in the ethical and sustainable food movement originated in her love for great eating and her die-hard treehuggery. That, paired with a measly salary in an expensive-yet-mediocre food city (Washington, D.C.) launched a food blog, FoodiePlaysChef.com, which in turn spurred the quest to better understand how our food system affect local economies, our healthcare, and our environment. A healthcare innovation enthusiast during the day, Joyce strives to bring the business focus to RFRS and help tell its story in numbers. Memory Food: Chinese chicken and smoked ham soup at Grandma's

Joyce's involvement in the ethical and sustainable food movement originated in her love for great eating and her die-hard treehuggery. That, paired with a measly salary in an expensive-yet-mediocre food city (Washington, D.C.) launched a food blog, FoodiePlaysChef.com, which in turn spurred the quest to better understand how our food system affect local economies, our healthcare, and our environment. A healthcare innovation enthusiast during the day, Joyce strives to bring the business focus to RFRS and help tell its story in numbers.

Memory Food: Chinese chicken and smoked ham soup at Grandma's

Volunteer Collaborator - Joyce Yao

Kat is a student at the University of San Francisco and just beginning her journey in the food movement. She’s inspired everyday to help others find their voice and loves the intimate power of storytelling. She is eager to learn from such a dynamic and knowledgable group of people, and discover the ways that the industry impacts all of our lives.  Food Memory: Mom's Japanese curry 

Kat is a student at the University of San Francisco and just beginning her journey in the food movement. She’s inspired everyday to help others find their voice and loves the intimate power of storytelling. She is eager to learn from such a dynamic and knowledgable group of people, and discover the ways that the industry impacts all of our lives. 

Food Memory: Mom's Japanese curry 

Program Assistant - Kat Hong

Volunteers

Jen Bees, Annie Bernstein (collaborator emeritus), Sarah Cabell (collaborator and staff emeritus), Josh Cantor, Anthony Chang (advisor emeritus), Jayson Carpenter, Jenny Cheng,  Hannah Curran, Peter Do, Samantha Dweck, Michelle Edmunds, Madeline Kay Edwards, Xiaofan Fang, Jenny Feinberg, Lizelle Festejo, Matt Fitzgerald, Cat Gieser (collaborator emeritus), Nora Gilbert, Theresa Hall, Megan Holmes, Anita Hossain, Jocelyn Jackson, Amanda Kennedy (collaborator emeritus), Pete Koff, Jonathan Lai, Leticia Landa, Megan Lardner, Kelly LeCoy, Nick Lee, Olivia Maki (collaborator emeritus), Caroline McDermott, Henrik Meng, Rebecca Moll, Paige Phinney, Adam Smiley Poswolsky, Blair Randall, Martin Reed (collaborator emeritus), Joyce Roan, Marie Sayles, Julia Silbergeld, Sarah Trent (collaborator emeritus), Clemantine Wamariya, Becky White, Christopher Wong, Nicole Wong.

These people make RFRS possible- they bring talents, passion, connection, and deep alignment to our mission.