Slow Food California Board
Kelsey Maher, Secretary and Newsletter Editor, is an East Coast native, who resides in Sacramento taste-testing the locally roasted coffees. She is dedicated to fostering cross-cultural communication through food and agricultural in her professional work and on her podcast, The Culinary Citizen. Kelsey’s professional work includes regional marketing and international programming for agricultural companies. She thrives off of farmers market purchases, enjoys hiking around Northern California, and teaches culinary classes.
Ian McFaul, Bay Area Governor, Communications Chair and California Region Ark of Taste Co-Chair, grew up in Phoenix, then both a food and actual desert, Ian began life eating from chain restaurants and supermarkets. Spending grade school summers on an apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin, it planted the seed for future growth first at Apple and ultimately leading him to Sonoma County. Some years later, after reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, his worldview changed to understand the necessity of good, clean, and fair local food and the Slow Food movement. It drove him to volunteer at Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard and made him a devoted locavore. Subsequently, travels near and far include seeking out the best of what’s local, invariably delicious food, often varieties boarded to the Slow Food Ark of Taste. Ian dove deeply into Slow Food after years volunteering at the Gravenstein Apple Fair, and joined Slow Food Russian River after the 2017 Annual Meeting. He has interned for Slow Food USA in Denver, and been a USA delegate in Chengdu, Copenhagen, and Torino, and has recently joined the Slow Food Russian River board.