Our Team

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.

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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.

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.

Cole Leslie, Communications Specialist

Cole is a researcher, food nerd, and self-proclaimed “bon vivant.” Along with his passion for sustainability, and entrepreneurial spirit, Cole’s keen interest in improving food systems drew him to Food+City’s mission of bold food supply chain exploration. He holds a BA in Psychology and a graduate certificate in sustainable food systems from Tufts University. Outside of work, you can find Cole with his wife and young son: cooking, dancing, laughing and being outside.

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.

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.