Michael Dimock, President

Michael is internationally recognized as a thought leader, organizer, and advocate for transformation of food and farming systems. His opinion editorials have been published in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Slow Food International publications. He is a regular contributor to the blog sites Civil Eats and Huffington Post. He has been leading Roots of Change since 2006. Michael began his agriculture and food career as a marketing executive in Europe for a California-based agribusiness company. In 1992, he founded Ag Innovations Network where he began his work on community consensus building and strategic planning for healthier food and agriculture. He pioneered regional and environmental branding programs in California and Western Australia. Michael sat on the board of Community Alliance with Family Farmers and served as its chairman in 1994-95. In 1996, he founded Slow Food Russian River, which is among the nation’s most active and influential Slow Food chapters, doing pioneering work on heirloom and heritage breed protection, grass-fed beef promotion, community support for school gardens, and local food systems development. In 2000, he became the first California Governor of Slow Food USA. In 2001, Michael graduated from the California Ag Leadership program, Class XXXI, the nation’s most respected leadership development program in the agricultural field. From 2002 to 2007, he was Chairman of Slow Food USA and a member of Slow Food International’s board of directors where he worked with founder Carlo Petrini on international strategy and was instrumental in organizing the USA’s first delegation to Terra Madre in 2004. Michael’s love for food systems grew from his experience on an 11,000-acre cattle ranch in Santa Clara County in the late 1960s and a development project with Himalayan subsistence farmers in Nepal in the late 70s. He holds a BA with honors in History from UCLA and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. Author, Katrina Fried, and Photographer, Paul Mobley, feature Michael in their book, Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing The World, published in October 2012.

Michael’s email address is michael@rootsofchange.org


Doris Meier, Project Coordinator

Doris brings various business and management experiences to her position as Project Coordinator with Roots of Change.  For close to a decade, she directed an international education business and, most recently, worked as an organizational development consultant and business coach.  She is very committed to facilitating the growth and success of Roots of Change and its community and to reaching the goal of establishing a sustainable food system in California by the year 2030.  Doris received a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities from New College of California and a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Golden Gate University.  She grew up in a small farming town in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and has lived in the Bay Area for the past twenty years.  She is an avid photographer, traveler and cook…and loves to eat!

Doris’ email address is doris@rootsofchange.org


Holly Calhoun, Consultant

Holly Calhoun serves as the national point person for Healthy Farms Healthy People (HFHP) at the Public Health Institute, and works closely with Roots of Change to build a healthier, sustainable food system. She joined PHI in 2012, bringing with her extensive experience in leading diverse groups of stakeholders to improve community health through nutrition education and fresh food access while creating economic opportunities for local farmers. Holly began her career working in agriculture and public health as a seller for local farmers at farmers’ markets in Los Angeles, and sampling fresh fruits and vegetables at community health fairs. For over five years she served as Program Coordinator of the Bring the Farmer to Your School Program and Market Manager of the Echo Park Farmers’ Market for the nonprofit organization Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA). In 2010, SEE-LA joined the Roots of Change California Farmers’ Market Consortium to design and implement a Healthy Incentive Program at five of its certified farmers’ markets. Holly took on the leadership role of SEE-LA’s Market Match program, and worked to increase the use of SNAP/EBT at farmers’ markets throughout Los Angeles County. Holly’s passion and experience lies at the intersection of agriculture and public health. She firmly believes that the healthy choice should be the easy choice, and that farmers and farmer workers should be fairly compensated for their hard work. In her spare time, Holly loves to garden, ride her bicycle, hike in the natural beauty of California, and make a bit of a mess in the kitchen.

Holly’s email address is holly@rootsofchange.org



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