Directors & Program Staff

Saulo Araujo

Director, Global Movements Program

Saulo works to advance initiatives of food sovereignty and agroecology by identifying resources and network opportunities that will strengthen the work of grassroots organizations and social movements. Originally from Brazil, Saulo brings years of experience working with urban and rural families in the United States and abroad. Prior to WhyHunger, he worked as the Latin America Program Coordinator for Grassroots International, and served as consultant to international funders, including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. He has a bachelors of science degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco state, Brazil and a M.A. in International Development and Social Change from Clark University. Saulo is a senior fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, and has served as board member and advisor for many organizations, including The Food Project, New England Grassroots Environmental Fund and Justice at Work.

Suzanne Babb

Community Partnerships Manager, Nourish Network for the Right to Food

Suzanne supports the capacity building of community based food access organizations through shared learning around the intersection of hunger, health and poverty. Through participation in local and national level strategic partnerships, Suzanne helps to create space and facilitate dialogue around the systemic inequities that cause hunger and poverty. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada Suzanne has many years of experience working on community development projects within the English-speaking Black community of Montreal on issues of education, employment and health. Prior to joining WhyHunger, Suzanne was the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Get Healthy Harlem website at the Harlem Health Promotion Center. Suzanne is a member of Black Urban Growers, an organization of volunteers committed to building community support for urban and rural growers and nurturing collective Black leadership, and an urban farmer at La Finca del Sur Urban Farm, a Black and Latina women led farm, in the South Bronx. She holds a BS from Concordia University and an MPH from Columbia University.

Sharon Damelio

Director of Development

Sharon directs the development program at WhyHunger, working with a talented team to host innovative events, lead a robust major gifts program and secure support from foundations, individuals and corporations. Sharon is committed to finding new and creative ways to expand WhyHunger’s capacity to support even more of the groundbreaking grassroots work that is transforming the U.S. and the world. Before joining the team at WhyHunger, Sharon worked as the Development Director at Central Outreach & Advocacy Center, an Atlanta nonprofit that provides job training and supportive services to those who are homeless and advocates for policy changes that improve the lives of those living in poverty. Previously, Sharon worked as Assistant Web Editor at Fine Cooking magazine and she now blogs about food at ThreeManyCooks.com. Sharon recently co-authored the cookbook and memoir Three Many Cooks: One Mom, Two Daughters, and Their Shared Stories of Food, Faith, and Family. Sharon holds a B.A. in English and Classics from Williams College and a Master of Divinity from Yale.

Betty Fermin

Program Assistant, Nourish Network for the Right to Food

Betty assists in responding to the WhyHunger Hotline telephone calls from individuals in need of emergency food resources, individuals looking to donate or wanting volunteer opportunities, and people wanting to start their own emergency feeding program. Additionally, she assists with the ongoing update and expansion of Nourish Network database records to improve resources that assist grassroots groups in providing better services to their clients with an emphasis on hunger and poverty issues. Betty manages and writes short articles for the WhyHunger newsletter, Nourishing Change. She also communicates and conducts outreach to agencies nationwide that provide emergency food services, assistance with government programs, and other agencies that provide services to help individuals move towards self-reliance. She also assists the Nourish team with various projects and administrative duties as needed. Betty is from the smallest state, Rhode Island and did a semester abroad in Chile in her junior year at Pace University, where she holds a B.B.A.

Sue Leventhal

Donor Relations & Volunteer Coordinator

Sue has been spearheading WhyHunger’s annual Hungerthon, WhyHunger Chapin Awards and other events for the past 29 years. Prior to her time at WhyHunger, Sue worked as the outreach coordinator for the NY State Consumer Protection Board’s NYC office, as a legal assistant at Kronish Lieb Shainswit Weiner & Hellman where she served as right hand to attorney Adam Walinsky’s The Police Corp Project. As a freelance event producer and fundraiser she produced 22 years of concerts in conjunction with Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) to benefit NYC public schools. In conjunction with WFAN, Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund and the CJ Foundation for SIDS she produced a series of radiothons to help children with cancer – and their families as well as research money for cancer and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. She also produced fundraising events for Children of War, Mark Green for US Senate, Les Aspin for US Senate, Richard Kessel for Nassau County Executive, PS 41, PS 64, PS 290, Michael Moore’s Michigan Voice and Flint Voice newspapers; and more. Sue served as stage and house manager for Wagner College’s summer equity theatre program. Sue also managed performing artist David Buskin and his band Modern Man. Sue owns “Proud To Present” a small catering company.

Calondra McArthur

Communications Manager

Calondra works directly under WhyHunger’s Senior Director of Communications and supports the organization’s external relations, internal messaging and cause-marketing partnerships. Prior to joining WhyHunger, Calondra gained experience in marketing, communications and event planning as a Communications Associate for NYC Department of Small Business Services and as the Special Events and Communications Coordinator for The Greater Cleveland Foodbank, where she pitched and secured media coverage, coordinated promotions, managed fundraising events and established a young professionals group. She is eager to continue her growth with WhyHunger as an advocate for food justice while managing the organization’s social media platforms, newsletter, and other channels. Calondra holds a B.S. In Business Administration from Xavier University, has a professional sports marketing background, and as a native Clevelander, is programmed to root for the Cleveland Browns.

Patricia Rojas

WhyHunger Hotline and Database Manager, Nourish Network for the Right to Food

Patricia responds to telephone calls from individuals and groups in need of emergency food resources and connects them with local emergency feeding program. Additionally, she works with callers interested in donating food, seeking volunteer opportunities or looking for assistance in starting their own emergency feeding program. Patricia helps develop resources to assist grassroots groups in providing better services to their clients with an emphasis on hunger and poverty issues. She also recruits and trains all of the Nourish Interns and volunteers throughout the year. Previously, Patricia worked for YAI where she trained adults with developmental disabilities at volunteer opportunities. She has a B.A. from Barnard College and a M.S from The New School. She also is a volunteer guide at the Central Park Zoo.

Corbin Laedlein

Global Linkages Program Coordinator, Global Movements Program

Corbin works to support movements for food sovereignty and agroecology by developing stronger connections between international and U.S.-based grassroots organizations through exchanges and social movement-building processes. Corbin comes to WhyHunger with experience working with sustainable agriculture, youth development, and community organizing projects. Corbin was introduced to the concepts of food justice and food sovereignty as staff member at Added Value, where he coordinated their Youth Empowerment Program at the Red Hook Community Farm, and as an Emerson Hunger Fellow at the Congressional Hunger Center. Corbin grew up in the neighborhoods of Red Hook and Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, NY and holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from Rutgers University and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University.

Tory Valenti

Development and Operations Assistant

Tory works with WhyHunger’s Senior Director of Finance and Administration to coordinate office services. He oversees data management and gift acknowledgements, and serves as the first line of communication with WhyHunger’s donors and guests. Prior to joining WhyHunger, Tory worked directly with youth experiencing homelessness at Covenant House. He has wandered from rural Appalachia to a Lakota reservation in South Dakota to an urban farm in Kansas City in order to learn more about poverty and economic injustice. Tory is originally from Detroit, Michigan and has a B.A. from Aquinas College in Philosophy and History.

Hillary Zuckerberg

Director of Artists Against Hunger & Poverty

Hillary develops unique ways for artists, the music community and celebrities to support the movement to end hunger and poverty. Since starting at WhyHunger in 2008, Hillary has increased exposure and raised significant funds for the organization and its grassroots partners by opening up the program to new artists including moe., Papa Roach, Brandi Carlile, Tom Morello and more. Prior to joining WhyHunger, Hillary spent 15 years in the music industry managing bands, promoting concerts and living out her life’s dream of producing music at venues big and small. Hillary graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a degree in Communications/Media Management and a minor in Music. She is an avid Yankees fan and a mom to her own rock star, Alexa.

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