Volunteer Leadership


Board of Directors

Michael Braverman

Chair

Michael Braverman has lived in East Hampton for most of his life and has deep roots in the community having started and built a real estate brokerage business with three offices, now part of Sotheby’s. As a journalist he has written a wine column for the East Hampton Star, hosted the TV broadcasts of Bridgehampton Polo, and until 2019 was senior editor at large of Hamptons Magazine. He has held board and officer positions on a number of local nonprofit organizations.

Debra Halpert

Vice Chair

Debra Halpert is the president and CEO of Monroe East Consulting, a marketing and branding activation company that creates, plans, and facilitates programs and initiatives with companies people, products and services. M.E. creates initiatives and combine them with programming and philanthropic activities involving tastemakers, authors, artists, celebrities and influencers. Based on five pillars, philanthropy, entertainment, real estate and home design, food and drink and health and wellness, ME connects the dots to create activations and marketing programs to boost exposure and create ROI.

Brian Halweil

Secretary

Brian Halweil is a portfolio manager at Almanac Insights, where his investments focus on food and beverage products, and food chain technologies, that have a positive, transformative impact on how we eat. He is co-owner and founding editor of Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End, Edible Long Island and Edible Manhattan magazines. His writing has focused on organic farming, biotechnology, hunger, and rural communities. He is the author of Eat Here: Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket, and he lives in Sag Harbor, New York, where he and his family keep a home garden and raise oysters.

Evan Harrel

Treasurer

Evan Harrel is an independent strategic consultant focused on supporting non-profit organizations in the development of strong, implementable strategic plans. Previously, he served as the executive director of an early childhood non-profit in inner-city Houston’s poorest neighborhoods and as the interim executive director of Houston Habitat for Humanity. Prior to entering work in the non-profit sector, Evan was an investment manager for over twenty years. He was awarded a Masters of Business Administration degree, with distinction, from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Princeton University.

Vincent McGee

Vincent McGee is a retired foundation and non-profit executive, board member and donor advisor. His particular interests are human rights, access to health, food and economic and gender equity.

Sheri Sandler

Sheri Sandler has a deep passion for food that originates from her family’s history in the business of sourcing and selling fish. She has served on numerous non-profit boards to promote the arts, as well as ensuring safety & empowerment for women and girls of all backgrounds. As a member of the East End Food Institute Board of Directors, Sheri lends her wide array of talents and interests to provide healthy local food to those in need, support local farms and food producers, and grow a network of supporters to help create a better local food system.

Mark Smith

A native of the New York metropolitan area, Mark Smith is the managing partner of Honest Man Company based in East Hampton. The restaurant management company operates five unique concepts in the Hamptons including one of the most eponymous restaurants in the Hamptons, Nick & Toni’s, who pioneered the farm to table movement utilizing local bounty. Additional restaurants include: Rowdy Hall, a pub/bistro venture in East Hampton, La Fondita, a Mexican taqueria in Amagansett, Townline BBQ, an authentic BBQ joint in Sagaponack and Coche Comedor, a regional Mexican cuisine restaurant in Amagansett. Honest Man also operates Honest Catering producing memorable events in the Hamptons.

Advisory Board

Alec Baldwin

Since 1980, Alec Baldwin has appeared in numerous productions on stage, in films and on television. He has received a Tony nomination (A Streetcar Named Desire, 1992) an Oscar nomination (The Cooler, 2004) and has won three Emmy awards, three Golden Globes and seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC-TV's 30 Rock. His films include THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, MALICE, THE EDGE, IT'S COMPLICATED, BLUE JASMINE, STILL ALICE, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, and THE BOSS BABY among many others.

Isabel Carmichael

Scott Cullen

Scott is the Executive Director of GRACE Communications Foundation which develops innovative strategies to increase public awareness of issues created by our current industrial food system and to advocate for more sustainable alternatives. GRACE works to educate consumers, advocates and policy makers through initiatives like Meatless Monday, FoodPrint and the Meatrix and Scott helps manage the foundation's philanthropy which is focused on sustainable food and agriculture. Scott is an environmental attorney and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders Network. Presently, he is on the Steering Committee of the Global Alliance on the Future of Food as well as a Trustee of the Vermont Law School.

Elizabeth Norman

Elizabeth Norman is a practicing architect with project management experience for global clients. After 20 years at Gensler Architects with Clients such as Bank of America and Capital Group Companies, she currently works private practice while spending more time at her home in East Hampton. In addition to her involvement with AFI, Elizabeth also is on the Family Advisory Board of ADAPT Community Network.

Dee Muma

A native Long Islander, Dee Grew up in Fort Salonga, Manhattan, and Putney,Vt. A director of the Noyes Foundation for 25 years, with her mother founded a hyper local, micro-foundation called the JED Fund. She moved to the East End to create a humane horse training and rehabilitation center. Over the years, Dee's horses competed at all levels, including the the Olympics and the PanAm Games. She lives in Riverhead and is the owner of North Quarter, Centerville and West Point Farms, Dark Horse Restaurant, and Dark Horse Catering.

Stefanie Sacks

Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN is a nationally recognized Culinary Nutritionist and leading authority on eating to prevent and manage illness. For over two decades, she has helped transform the way people eat using hands on experiences to inspire, educate and offer practical tools for food lifestyle change. She has her Masters of Science in Nutrition from Teachers College, Columbia University, is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Dietitian Nutritionist and is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. As a chef, nutritionist and innate healer she uses food as a conduit to deep transformation. She inspires, educates and empowers people to eat and live to their full potential. Her book What The Fork Are You Eating is a must-read guide for anyone looking to improve food choice! In addition to being a frequent print, radio and television media guest expert, in 2017 Stefanie was inducted into Les Dames D'Escoffier, an international philanthropic organization of women leaders in the field of food, fine beverage and hospitality.

Peter Strugatz

Presently Peter is a strategic advisor to Green Monday Ventures, Ejido Verde and Algasorganics. Peter advises impact investors and social entrepreneurs, with a focus on social capital, strategy and implementation planning, shared leadership, and building strategic relationships for revenue growth and sales channel development.

He was co-founder and co-CEO of IceStone which achieved Cradle to Cradle Gold and B Corp certifications. His 25 years of leadership experience also includes serving as CEO of Austin Productions. A former board member of Social Venture Network and the ALS Association, Peter has invested in multiple social purpose companies, including Stonyfield Farm Yogurt and Zipcar, Beyond Meat, Lavva, and Califia Farms.

Founders

John de Cuevas

Katie Baldwin

Amanda Merrow

Carissa Waechter