Rachel joined the board in 2014 after 2 years of advising and volunteering, and now serves as the board chair. Rachel brings to the board technical project management and communications expertise through her work as a Senior Program Manager for Android localization at Google. She also brings an enthusiasm for vegetables - especially home grown ones - and a firm belief that healthy eating is the foundation for healthy communities. Through Collective Roots (and her cooking blog Veggies At The Table), she aspire to get many more people enthusiastic about growing and eating vegetables - and other plants too!
Lisa Young joined the board in 2015 and serves as the board vice chair, as well as on the fundraising committee. She ‘accidentally’ grew her first corn stalks after playing farmer with her sister when she was a child. Watching the corn grow and then harvesting the cobs started a life long obsession with growing food. She loves sharing this passion with others, and encourages her clients to grow herbs and vegetables in their gardens. With her background in non-profit fundraising campaign management and donor development, she is looking forward to helping Collective Roots grow, as well.
Tammy Parker Estes
BOARD Finance Chair
Tammy Parker Estes joined the board in 2015 and serves as the board finance chair. After a long career working in the technology sector, Tammy successfully transferred her management and organizational skills to the non-profit sector as Business Director at a not-for-profit college-prep private school serving over 450 pre-K through 12th grade students. Tammy has fond memories of growing up in Maine picking wild blueberries and working the family garden to meet the family’s nutritional needs and looks forward to working in an area tied to her environmental science education.
Ken joined the board in 2015 after 2 years of working on local farms and 15 years at Hewlett Packard. He brings a network of professional contacts along with a passion for sustainable food production to the board. Ken publishes a monthly backyard farming blog in conjunction with his Real Estate Business and tries to grow as much food as he can on his own property. As a boy, Ken remembers sitting in an apple tree in his Menlo Park backyard eating fruit right off the branches along with starting his own small garden. He endeavors to help others experience the excitement of growing and eating local, sustainably produced food.
Lily joined the board in 2016 and is over community advisory. Currently a resident of East Palo Alto, Lily was born and raised in Mexico until age 13 and speaks fluent Spanish and English. After graduating from Carlmont High School in Belmont, CA, she has obtained a real-world education by becoming self-employed at age 21. As a real estate agent in East Palo Alto, Lily has developed a solid network of trusted relationships, which occur naturally for her due to her warm nature. The skills she has learned over the years by being hands-on, negotiating long-term contracts, and studying marketing, sales, and accounting have empowered her with valuable knowledge. When she’s not working with clients, she can be found teaching dance lessons or enjoying delicious meals at family gatherings. With her passions, skills, connections, and understanding of East Palo Alto, she brings great perspective to the board and helps to ensure that we are best meeting the needs of our community.