About : Leadership
Emily Torgrimson, Executive Director and Co-Founder
Executive Director and co-founder Emily Torgrimson has transformed Eat for Equity from an idea to a movement. Combining her passions for food, community, and justice, Emily co-founded Eat for Equity in Boston in 2006 and brought Eat for Equity to Minneapolis. An energetic and resourceful community builder, she has organized over hundreds of benefit dinners, collaborating with farmers, artists, and community organizations. Emily was trained as a journalist at Boston University and has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.
Board of Directors
Eat for Equity’s board of directors meets quarterly around a dinner table to help the organization grow sustainably and achieve its mission. Our board of directors has a wide range of skills and experiences: in community organizing, non-profit management, policy development, social work, education, and new media. Board members serve as mentors to Eat for Equity branches, and provide strategic guidance for the national Eat for Equity organization.
Emilie Hitch, Co-Chair
Emilie Hitch is a classically trained Cultural Anthropologist with degrees from Yale University and The London School of Economics and ten years of experience applying her culture-rich perspective to the world of business and brand strategy. She is a former YMCA camp counselor and director, a previous resident of Arequipa, Peru, and a guest lecturer at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Her Strategy for Good workshops have served over 40 organizations in the Twin Cities through the application of business practices to non-profit challenges. She learned about Eat for Equity when her band, the Wailing Loons, was invited to perform at an event and she’s been excited about the great work for social change we’re doing in homes around the country ever since.
Matthew Hauck, Treasurer
Matt was born in Maryland, grew up in Colorado, and moved to Minnesota to attend Macalester College. While there he fell in love with the Twin Cities community and has been active in community organizations and working to make the Twin Cities a better place. He has worked in social services working to help individuals with barriers find employment, and has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. Matt was at the very first Eat for Equity in Minnesota and now brews beer for the events.
Peter Thompson, Co-Chair
Peter is a lifelong Minneapolitan, having lived the last 36 years in a Linden Hills home with his wife Ricki. He has 5 children and 3 grandchildren. He connected with Eat for Equity through friends from Holden Village. Peter is a retired lawyer who represented peace and justice advocates for many years and now teaches part time at area law schools.