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

Kat is a recent graduate of 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 recent graduate of 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

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

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

Program Manager - Sophia Lorenzi

Stephen Satterfield is an Oakland-based food writer, speaker and multimedia producer. He is a former sommelier of more than a decade and passionate advocate of strengthening local food communities, globally. He is the founder of Whetstone Magazine, a digital and print publication on food origin and culture.   Formative Food memory: fried chicken and cakes at Granny's house in Deacatur, GA. 

Stephen Satterfield is an Oakland-based food writer, speaker and multimedia producer. He is a former sommelier of more than a decade and passionate advocate of strengthening local food communities, globally. He is the founder of Whetstone Magazine, a digital and print publication on food origin and culture.  

Formative Food memory: fried chicken and cakes at Granny's house in Deacatur, GA. 

Podcast Producer - Stephen Satterfield

Brie has a background in community development, film, event logistics, and business strategy. She is a passionate advocate for sustainable food practices and was involved in the organic farmer’s market in regional Australia for many years. In 2011, she was inspired to create an online farmers market to connect buyers to their local food providers. In addition, Brie has developed programs to aid indigenous people in their plight against environmental and social injustice. In 2013, she co-founded Britelite Immersive, an experience design firm in San Francisco, and utilized her skills in multimedia and storytelling to curate meaningful immersive experiences. Brie embraces the core values of integrity, innovation, empathy and community, and is extremely passionate about the work that has lead her on this path. Memory Food: Grandma’s Russian Borscht

Brie has a background in community development, film, event logistics, and business strategy. She is a passionate advocate for sustainable food practices and was involved in the organic farmer’s market in regional Australia for many years. In 2011, she was inspired to create an online farmers market to connect buyers to their local food providers. In addition, Brie has developed programs to aid indigenous people in their plight against environmental and social injustice.

In 2013, she co-founded Britelite Immersive, an experience design firm in San Francisco, and utilized her skills in multimedia and storytelling to curate meaningful immersive experiences.

Brie embraces the core values of integrity, innovation, empathy and community, and is extremely passionate about the work that has lead her on this path.

Memory Food: Grandma’s Russian Borscht

Deputy Director - Brie Gelinas

Haven often finds herself inspired to action by a good story. She founded HavenBMedia to bring communications and media expertise to food system change. She develops strategy, trains spokespersons and infuencers, and teaches social media + media engagement for diverse organizations ranging from non-profits to small businesses, food industry leaders and community activists working to reform food systems around health and wellness, social equity and environmental conservation.  A proud Oakland resident for 15 years, Haven grew up in rural South Carolina where her intentional community attempted to feed itself and its neighbors with organically farmed produce plus the occasional scuppernong grape, while crafting wearable art from cast-off cow bones. She has lived and worked in Japan, eating a lot of uni, in Israel/Palestine, eating a lot of kanafe and in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, eating a lot of masa. She is a contributor to Civil Eats, a Good Food Awards fish judge, Oakland Food Policy Council Member and was a co-organizer of TEDxFruitvale, the nation’s first TEDx conference to focus on farmworkers. Memory Food: My French-Canadian Acadian grandma’s Fricot, a hearty stew of vegetables and meat topped with fluffy dumplings. 

Haven often finds herself inspired to action by a good story. She founded HavenBMedia to bring communications and media expertise to food system change. She develops strategy, trains spokespersons and infuencers, and teaches social media + media engagement for diverse organizations ranging from non-profits to small businesses, food industry leaders and community activists working to reform food systems around health and wellness, social equity and environmental conservation.  A proud Oakland resident for 15 years, Haven grew up in rural South Carolina where her intentional community attempted to feed itself and its neighbors with organically farmed produce plus the occasional scuppernong grape, while crafting wearable art from cast-off cow bones. She has lived and worked in Japan, eating a lot of uni, in Israel/Palestine, eating a lot of kanafe and in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, eating a lot of masa. She is a contributor to Civil Eats, a Good Food Awards fish judge, Oakland Food Policy Council Member and was a co-organizer of TEDxFruitvale, the nation’s first TEDx conference to focus on farmworkers.

Memory Food: My French-Canadian Acadian grandma’s Fricot, a hearty stew of vegetables and meat topped with fluffy dumplings. 

PR Mastermind - Haven Bourque

Volunteers

Erin Austin, Amie Baron, Jen Bees, Annie Bernstein (staff emeritus), Julia Braginsky, Sarah Cabell (staff emeritus), Josh Cantor, Anthony Chang (advisor emeritus), Jayson Carpenter, Chiara Cecchini, Jenny Cheng,  Jocelyn Corbett, Hannah Curran, Erika Dimmler, Peter Do, Samantha Dweck, Lindsey Dyer, Michelle Edmunds, Madeline Kay Edwards, Xiaofan Fang, Jenny Feinberg, Lizelle Festejo, Matt Fitzgerald, Zeina Gad, Cody Gantz, Natalie Gantz, Cat Gieser, Nora Gilbert, Shantanu Goenka, Natalia Gomez, Kathy Gu, Theresa Hall, Gina Hervey, Megan Holmes, Anita Hossain, Linda Hsiao, Jocelyn Jackson, Jessica Karr, Amanda Kennedy, Pete Koff, Anne Kroger, Jonathan Lai, Leticia Landa, Megan Lardner, Kelly LeCoy, London Lee, Nick Lee, Jessica Lioon, Jenna Losé, Anna Luna, Olivia Maki, Arianna Maysonave, Caroline McDermott, Kabir Mehta, Hannah Mensing, Henrik Meng, Amalia Miller, Leila Moinpour, Rebecca Moll, Andrew Northrup, Laureen Novak, Erin O'Hara, Paige Phinney, Adam Smiley Poswolsky, Blair Randall, Geronimo Carlo Ramos, Martin Reed, Daniel Rietz, Joyce Roan, Marie Sayles, Natalia Semeraro, Sophia Siddiqi, Julia Silbergeld, Chandra Simon, Sarah Trent (collaborator emeritus), David Waclo, Clemantine Wamariya, Chau Wansze, Yohanna Weller, Becky White, Christopher Wong, Nicole Wong, Joyce Yao, Stephanie Yee, Hsuan-Ya Yu, Linda Yu, Theresa Yu, Melissa Ziegler.

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