Festival Staff - Boston Local Food Festival Boston Local Food Festival : Presented by Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts

Boston Local Food Festival

Presented by Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts

Festival Staff

Laury Hammell Sustainable Business NetworkLaury Hammel, Executive Director, Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts

In 1980, Laury Hammel  founded The Longfellow Clubs in Wayland, Sudbury, Natick, and Franklin, MA.  He manages Longfellow which is a group of health and sports clubs, holistic health centers, children’s centers, and camps that serve 10,000 members and it is now the 54th largest health club business in the US with $16 million in annual revenues. Longfellow has become a recognized industry leader in innovative business practices, social responsibility, and community service. In 1988, Laury gathered like-minded business leaders and founded New England Businesses for Social Responsibility (NEBSR), which is now named the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN).  He is SBN’s Executive Director, and under his leadership, SBN has grown to include almost 1,000 business members and  several Local First business networks, and directs the Sustainable Business Leader Program and the Boston Local Food Festival. In 2001, when it became apparent that local and independent businesses need their own organization, Laury co-founded the national organization called the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and for the first six years he served as its co-chair. Laury is a frequent speaker about local sustainable economies, and is also the author of the book, Growing Local Value, which features over 20 local businesses that have made major contributions to their communities. Laury is currently ranked number one in New England in his age division, is ranked in the top 20 nationally, and he has coached hundreds of nationally ranked juniors.  He is a member of the New England Tennis Hall of Fame, has won many tennis industry awards, and his family won the National USTA Tennis Family of the Year in 2000.

MaddieMaddie Phadke, Producer, Sponsorship & Vendor Coordinator

Maddie Phadke joined our team in November has been doing a wonderful job managing the Local Food Program. Maddie graduated from DAVV, India with a MBA in Marketing. She previously worked at WGBH as a National Sales coordinator. In 2009, she founded RangManch, an event management company that specializes in fundraising for nonprofit organizations and has always been an advocate for sustainability, local food, animal rights, & child education.

When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 7 year old son and volunteering for various charities. She is a vegetarian who loves trying out local foods.

 

amyAmy Klein, Marketing & Social Media Coordinator, Logistics Planner

Amy graduated from Edgewood College in Madison, WI in 2010 with a B.S. in Communications. Through working with Americorps and other organizations, she found her dedication to nonprofits and went on to earn a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Amy was the events manager for Redamte, a nonprofit, farm to table cafe in downtown Madison.

Amy is passionate about alternative transportation and primarily travels by bicycle. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, Tom, and cats, Lucy and Bella, and is enjoying exploring the Boston area. She is enjoying finding new local shops and restaurants and is currently working toward her MBA in Marketing from Northeastern University. She is excited to help move SBN forward!

Nicola Williams

The Williams Agency– Nicola WilliamsPR & Logistics

Nicola is Principal of The Williams Agency, an award-winning full-service marketing, event planning, and business strategy firm based in Cambridge, MA, that works on mission-driven projects and causes and plans events that matter. The Williams Agency is producer and marketing agency of Boston Local Food festival and leads on marketing communications, sponsorship development, and logistical operations development. The Agency works with government agencies, associations, and nonprofit organizations, offering a full range of marketing and “green events and marketing” services. Nicola has over 18 years of marketing experience and is passionate about community. She produces Cambridge Carnival International, an annual multicultural festival and elaborate costume parade that is similar to Mardi Gras. Through her leadership and direction, she has developed the festival from a small street fair in 1993, to what is now the largest festival in the City of Cambridge, attracting more than 150,000 spectators annually. The Williams Agency is a member of the Greater Boston Visitors and Convention Bureau and member of Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts. Nicola serves on the Local Food Committee of Sustainable Business Network and is also a board member of SBN.
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Josh Berman, Vendor Coordinator
Josh graduated from McGill University in 2016 with a B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and a minor in Economics. While Josh is passionate about all things Latin America, he has an equal passion for all things sustainable and all things food! While studying sustainable development in Latin America, all of Josh‘s interests were brought together when he found that sustainable food and food systems are an integral part of strong and healthy communities. Josh was deeply involved in Student Body Politics at McGill University and also captained the McGill Quidditch Team!
Josh spends his time away from the office cooking, running, golfing, and practicing slacklining and yoga.
Kaitlyn Swanberg, Volunteer Coordinator
Kait joined SBN during the summer of 2015 as the organization’s intern after graduating from UMASS Amherst with her Bachelor’s degree in Management and capstone in Sustainable Business Management. She went on to receive her Master’s of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Nichols College, and currently works as a Manager at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. After returning to Boston from a 6-month service with AmeriCorps, Kait continues to volunteer and support SBN and their mission of building a Massachusetts economy that is local, green and fair. Kait enjoys spending time with nature and supporting Boston sports teams.