Our Team

Board of Directors (2013 - 2014)

  • Stephen Gliessman, Chair    
    Professor Emeritus
    Environmental Studies Department
    University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Roberta Jaffe, Treasurer
    Founding Director
    Community Agroecology Network
    Santa Cruz, CA

  • Ariane de Bremond
    Research Assistant Professor, Geographical Sciences
    Affiliate, Joint Global Change Research Institute
    University of Maryland, College Park

  • John Crary    
    Crary Enterprises & Archeo/Community Foundation
    San Mateo, California

  • G. Richard Fletcher
    Executive Vice President
    One PacificCoast Bank
    Oakland, California

  • Jonathan Fox
    Latino and Latin American Studies Department
    University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Christopher Musselwhite
    President and CEO Discovery Learning


  • Roseann (Rose) Cohen: Executive Director of CAN, Rose holds a Ph.D. from the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a specialization in Latin American and Latino Studies. Her research has focused on the sociocultural significance of farmers' relationship to their crops and land, as well as the impacts of insecure land tenure, forced displacement, and violence on farming communities in Colombia.
  • Heather Putnam: Associate Director of CAN, Heather is a doctoral candidate in the Geography department at the University of Kansas where she has focused her research on coffee, alternative trade, environment and development, East Africa, and Latin America. Heather has worked with the CAN partner community in Matagalpa, Nicaragua at the UCA San Ramon coffee cooperative.
  • Pete Rasmussen: Director of Action Education, Pete joins the CAN team after starting and managing a successful garlic and vegetable farm for eight seasons. Rasmussen brings with him a  passion for agroecology education, with local experience as a school garden educator in Oakland, California and international experience in farmer-to-farmer exchange programs in Cuba. Pete is a University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) alumni, educated and inspired at the campus' Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS).
  • Victor Castro: Marketing Coordinator of CAN, Victor received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). As a CAN intern at UCSC, Victor helped develop and implement a campus expansion campaign for his senior project. In Fall 2012, CAN successfully launched its campus expansion at Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, California).
  • Candice Marie Rebollo: Action Education Coordinator of CAN

Friends of CAN (FoCAN) Leadership Team

The following students lead a student-action group at the University of California, Santa Cruz to promote food systems sustainability.

  • Benjamin Valdez, FoCAN Coordinator
  • Erin Raser, FoCAN Action Education Coordinator
  • Ian Krohn, Outreach & Farmers Market Cart Coordinator
  • Suraya Arslan AgroEco® Coffee Marketing Assistant
  • Hector Perla, Faculty Sponsor (Latin America and Latino Studies Department)

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