Meet FareStart’s Board of Directors!

November 12, 2020

The FareStart Board of Directors is a hardworking volunteer group that guides our organization, making sure our work stays on mission, ensuring that we continue to innovate, and keeping us on sound footing financially. It has been extra challenging to do this work in 2020, and our board members have been key partners to our leadership team in enabling FareStart to respond quickly in the pandemic and resulting business closures and hunger crisis. Their partnership in our dedication to becoming a more inclusive and diverse organization has also been a key contribution this year.

Cate Hardy, former CEO of PCC Markets, and Ken Hart of Pathstone have served as our Board Chairs in 2020, with Ken taking over as interim Chair for the second half of the year after Cate relocated for a new job. In January we will welcome Julaine Smith as the new Board Chair.

The FareStart board has eight subcommittees and every board member serves on at least one. They are the Executive, Governance, Mission, Finance, DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion), National Program/Catalyst Kitchens, Gala Auction, and the Brand Committees. Two of our most active recently has been Finance and DEI. Meet their chairs: 

Janice Javier, Finance Committee Chair

Janice joined the FareStart board this July and is currently leading the board Finance Committee. She is a Finance Manager at Amazon, with a previous background in non-profits. She says “As a volunteer for the past several years, I’m thrilled to deepen my service to FareStart by taking on this new role as Finance Committee Chair! A huge thanks to Julaine for her leadership in the Finance Committee over the past few years.”

Brian Surratt, DEI Committee Chair

Brian is Assistant Vice President for the Seattle office of Alexandria Real Estate Equities. He chairs the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee, which is partnering with FareStart leadership and staff in examining how we go about our work and realize our mission with a DEI lens, and furthering our commitment to anti-racist action as an organization. “I am so proud that FareStart is committed to becoming an anti-racist community. We are compelled to do this to realize our vision of ensuring every individual touched by us will thrive in an equitable and just world. We must do it.”

Our deep thanks to every member of our Board of Directors for their service! View the full board list on our leadership page.