Announcing a growing team

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the Global Alliance Coordinating Secretariat.

Patty Fong joins us as Program Director, Climate and Health & Well-being, working alongside Lauren Baker, who will take the lead on agroecology and true cost accounting. Based in The Hague, Netherlands, and from the European Climate Foundation, Patty brings two decades of experience with strategic philanthropy in climate and sustainability. She has been Program Director at the European Climate Foundation (ECF), as the lead on the strategy development and implementation for ECF’s portfolio on Energy Efficiency, and more recently on Buildings and Urban Systems, which includes a focus on the social justice and human rights dimensions of the clean energy transition, as well as the potential of the circular economy to systemically address decarbonization and resource use.

Before her work at ECF she co-founded the EU Coalition for Energy Savings, which unites business, professional, local authorities, and civil society organizations to make energy efficiency and savings the foundation of energy policies in Europe; co-founded the Buildings Performance Institute Europe, the first pan-European think tank dedicated to energy performance in buildings; and helped launch and manage the Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program (now EF China), the first major philanthropic initiative on climate and energy in China. Patty enjoys cooking, eating, learning about new cultures, exploring local markets and spending time with her family.

Amanda Jekums joins the Global Alliance as Program Coordinator from her base in Toronto, Canada, working most closely with Lauren Baker in support of the Global Alliance’s agroecology and true cost accounting impact areas, as well as the Global Alliance’s communications and engagement, and research functions. With over a decade of experience accelerating the work of various organizations by helping them to effectively leverage their knowledge, resources, and networks, Amanda brings with her a strong background in food systems, communications, design, and project management.

Most recently, Amanda supported the work of Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to develop better relationships with their stakeholders using behavioural insights, design thinking, and collaborative engagement. Prior to that, Amanda was the program coordinator of Ryerson University’s Centre for Studies in Food Security; worked to increase civic engagement and political action with the Toronto Food Policy Council; partnered with food policy advocacy stakeholder organizations to plan Food Secure Canada’s 2016 Assembly; informed FoodShare Toronto’s strategic planning; worked with Dietitians of Canada to disseminate current research on sustainable diets; and researched levers and opportunities to increase local food procurement in public institutions. Amanda is passionate about finding creative solutions to complex issues through meaningful collaboration and innovation. You will find her crafting simple meals with quality ingredients and enjoying them with family and friends.

We are thrilled to add this capacity and the rich experience and expertise of both Amanda and Patty to the Global Alliance and its critical agenda of food systems transformation.