The team of Board Members of The Food Pantry at Columbia includes founding members and eight current board members who work tirelessly to manage the The Food Pantry's daily operations alongside committee members and volunteers. Click on each profile to learn more about each team member and their committee.
Sharanya is studying Neuroscience and Behavior at GS aspiring to be a physician. In addition to her responsibilities as the Vice Chair of Technology of The Food Pantry at Columbia, Sharanya also works with the Communications team at GS. She is a teaching assistant with the Department of Psychology and a researcher in the Neuroscience department. Sharanya is passionate about community service and is currently a volunteer mentor with the Read Ahead program in NYC where she mentors young children. Sharanya hopes to contribute towards raising awareness and battling the stigma associated with food insecurity at Columbia and in the greater NYC community.
Sal Volpe is a first-year Master's Candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. He graduated from Columbia College in May 2019 with a B.A. in Neuroscience & Behavior. Along with being the inaugural Vice Chair of Pantry Operations - Medical Campus, he is involved in the Queer Ally Partnership at CUIMC and as a CPR Instructor at the Staten Island Heart Society. Sal recognizes that food insecurity is a university-wide issue and wants to help facilitate a system that meets the needs of the Washington Heights student population in an accessible and approachable fashion.
Ramond Curtis is a combat veteran who moved back to New York in 2012 after spending three years in Mexico working as an English teacher. He is the University Senator for the students of the School of General Studies, and the co-Chair of the Subcommittee for Students with Disabilities. During his time as senator he worked to improve conditions at Columbia for low-income students and students with disabilities. After he graduated in May 2018, he and his husband continue to work as advocates in their community to bring positive and impactful change to those who need it most.
Michael is a third-year GS student studying Urban Studies with a Geographic Information Systems specialization. He is the Co-Founder and Chair of The Food Pantry at Columbia. As part of The Food Pantry at Columbia's executive team, Michael has been influential in bringing the issue of campus food insecurity to the forefront. In the short two years since it's inception, The Food Pantry at Columbia has gained permanent space within Lerner Hall, gained a university-wide reputation for serving the entire student body in the fight against food insecurity by distributing almost 1000 non-perishable food disbursements, and became the first Ivy League food pantry run by students for students. Michael's dedication to and passion for The Food Pantry at Columbia is magnified by the extraordinary team working beside him on a daily basis to propel The Food Pantry at Columbia to new heights.
Before resuming his education at Columbia's School of General Studies, Matthew worked in the music industry, where he organized and managed events of all shapes and sizes. Currently, Matthew studies Political Science with a primary concentration in theory, serves on the Policy Committee of GSSC as the Representative for Student Services & Academic Affairs, works on the JED initiative, sits on the Student Group Adjudication Board, the Student Health Advisory Committee, volunteers with the General Studies Mentorship Program, and engages in advocacy for students with disabilities.
Mario Garcia is a sophomore in Columbia College majoring in Chemistry. In addition to serving on the board for the Food Pantry as the Vice Chair of Finance, he is involved in the theatre community at Columbia primarily as an actor. He realizes that as the Columbia community gets further diversified and inclusive, opportunities open up for more students. His larger goal is helping students of all identities and ability to be involved in the community in any aspect they wish and combating food insecurity is working to remove one obstacle that impede their path.
Damián is School of General Studies undergraduate majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior with a concentration in Public Health. Prior to joining the executive board, he was involved as a volunteer and committee member of the Operations Committee. As someone who’s struggled with food insecurity as a student, Damián understands the value of The Food Pantry and is committed in its development as an organization. Food insecurity being a big issue for him, Damián has volunteered at different FBNYC locations throughout the city as well as at various food pantry events held by the Broadway Presbyterian Church across the Morningside campus in an effort to help feed communities dealing with food insecurity the best way he can.
Daeun Sung is a third-year student at Columbia College studying biochemistry on the premedical track. Community service has always been a big part of her life and she has worked with various food banks and kitchens and has been involved with the Food Pantry since her freshman year. She highly values the organization's objectives in serving the students of Columbia and addressing food insecurity, as she firmly believes that no one should have to sacrifice their fundamental needs. Daeun is dedicated to expanding the presence and coverage of the Food Pantry whether in press, on campus, or in the greater New York area, and looks forward to continuing to fight campus hunger on the executive platform.
Adam is a third-year CC student majoring in Physics. For the past year, he has been working with the nonprofit organization Swipe Out Hunger to combat food insecurity in the Columbia community, an issue that he believes shouldn’t be an impedance for anyone. Adam, alongside Vice Chair of Events Coordination Matthew Linsky, has recently established a relationship between Swipe Out Hunger and the Food Pantry at Columbia, and he hopes to assist the Food Pantry in new ways such as this so that in the future, hunger on campus can be eradicated.
Our Former Board Members
The Food Pantry has had significant growth since inception and we would like to thank our past board members for their contributions in helping us along that journey.
Vice Chair of Communications
- Benny Chen (2018)
- Paulina Fein (2017-2018)
Vice Chair of Development
- Samantha Valente (2018-2019)
- David Lee (2018)
- Chelsea Faison (2017-2018)
Vice Chair of Finance
- Jason Mares (2017-2018)
Vice Chair of FLIP Collaboration
- Miguel Yepes (2017-2019)
Vice Chair of Operations
- Madison Delaney (2018-2019)
- Leon Tsai (2018)
- Kai Segall (2017-2018)