Robyn Metcalfe, Director
Desert running and a PB&J sandwich—what connects these topics? A tenacious curiosity to see what you can learn by just jumping in! The same sense of wonder that called Dr. Robyn Metcalfe to run the great deserts of the world has led her to take on the task of mapping our current food supply. A historian, desert distance runner, and food futurist with a lifelong hunger to take on irrational challenges, Robyn Metcalfe marvels at what it takes to simply create a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Joy Nathan, Executive Director
Don’t let Joy’s whimsical clothing and throwback style fool you. She’s anything but retro. Strategic, forward thinking and a roll-up-her-sleeves executor, Joy brings her deep experience in non-profit management and fundraising to the world of Food+City. In addition to advancing the organization, Joy can be found either spending time with her husband and four daughters or teaching a Jazzercise class.
Karen Thomas, Administration Specialist
Karen is a highly organized multitasker who keeps Food+City running by handling a wide variety of unique administration and organizational tasks. Her attention to detail and resourcefulness make her a great fit for the dynamic work enviroment. When she’s not wearing any and all hats for Food+City, she enjoys swimming and spending time with her son and daughter.
Kristen Grewe, Operations and Events Associate
Kristen can be described as enthusiastic, dedicated and a go-to problem solver. With a BA in Marketing from the University of Kentucky and diverse work experience, from event planning for charities and Southwest Airlines as well as business administration at a holistic health clinic, she is ready to take on anything that will accelerate Food+City’s mission. As someone who has always been passionate about health, nutrition, and community service, she feels so fortunate that joining Food+City’s team has allowed her to turn these interests into a meaningful career. Outside of work, you will probably see her running to her next workout, social event, or outdoor adventure with her blue streaked hair flowing behind her.
Katie Kraemer, Outreach Program Manager
Katie co-founded the organic farm that brought home delivery of fresh vegetables to Austinites in 1993, with the inception of Tecolote Farm & CSA. With a BA in Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz, and years spent in bilingual education, Katie has also served as delegate to the international Slow Food conference in Italy, a founding member of the City of Austin/ Travis County’s Sustainable Food Policy Board, and president of both the Austin Farmers Market advisory council and the Growers Alliance of Central Texas. When time allows, Katie can be found trail riding, roller skating, reading, experimenting with native perennial plants, and traveling with her husband and 3 kids.
Cory Leahy, Managing Editor
Cory Leahy — editor, writer, runner, caterer, enthusiastic cook and veggie-leaning omnivore — has spent 20 years in publishing, digital content and marketing. Now she’s stepping out of familiar labels and into lots of unknown territory to reimagine a next chapter that’s all about food.
Julie Savasky, Art Director
Julie Savasky is an Austin-based graphic designer. After spending 22 years at international firm, Pentagram, she recently opened her own design consultancy. Her work focuses primarily on editorial, identity, strategy, and web design and has won awards from Graphis, Communication Arts, Society of Publication Designers, and Texas Institute of Letters among others.
Sarah Webber, Web Editor
Sarah is an Austin-based writer and editor with a passion for helping individuals and organizations tell their stories. She has five-plus years of experience in book and magazine publishing, ghostwriting, and corporate blogging. Sarah has a BA in creative writing and playwriting from Northwestern University and a Master’s in book publishing from Emerson College.
Joan Phaup, Copy Editor
Joan Phaup spent four decades writing news, feature stories and more as a journalist and public relations professional. These days she enjoys editing other people’s prose — a great pleasure indeed when each new issue of Food+City is in the works.