Arnali Ray brings over 14 years of experience in non-profit social services and healthcare, and a passion for helping marginalized communities. Her career and volunteer service have focused on helping the most vulnerable populations access basic needs and vital services.
Previously as the Chief of Strategy and Programs Officer at Saban Community Clinic (SCC), Arnali led the organization’s cross-cutting initiatives, strategic plan implementation, and advocacy efforts. During her tenure at SCC, Arnali was committed to finding solutions to help individuals experiencing homelessness and she was able to dramatically expand services in collaboration with key partners. These services include the addition of field-based street medicine providers,opening a satellite clinic at the Center in Hollywood, and launching a mobile van clinic that provides medical and dental services to temporary and long term housing sites in L.A. County.Arnali believes that building relationships and collaboration are critical to the work and lead to impactful programs.
As an advocate and leader in the community, Arnali served as a board member on the Mid-City West Neighborhood Council and the chair of the Homelessness, Refugees, and Renters’ Rights Committee. She was actively involved in the Midtown Los Angeles Homeless Coalition and helped organize volunteers to conduct the count when L.A. County canceled the 2021 annual homeless count due to the pandemic. Arnali is a founding board member of Hollywood 4WRD, a coalition driven to create systemic change to effectively address homelessness in Hollywood through advocacy, education, service coordination, and innovation.
Arnali is a licensed marriage and family therapist and holds a Master of Arts from Phillips Graduate institute, and Master of Sciences in Holistic Health from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Director of Development
Asher Landau is Director of Development for Hollywood Food Coalition. He helps guide HoFoCo’s strategy for sustainable growth to meet challenges related to food insecurity, homelessness, and resource inequality. He builds and maintains relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including board members, philanthropic individuals, elected officials, government agencies, foundations, fellow nonprofits and business leaders. Previously, he served as Vice President for HoFoCo’s board of directors and an Associate Director of Development at UCLA.
Community Exchange Director
Bryan has been working with startups since he was old enough to move a lawn mower around his neighborhood. From his early days of convincing adults to trust him with their lawn care to his work in production, fantasy sports, and nonprofits, his work has always reflected a passion for building and growing operations. He’s grateful for the opportunity to bring that same focus to The Community Exchange and The Hollywood Food Coalition, the best 34-year-old startup around. The most exciting part of his work is helping to centralize, organize, and grow food rescue efforts across LA County and create equitable solutions for all Angelenos.
Senior Lead, Strategic Partnerships & Content Development
Linda Pianigiani is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer as well as an organ builder and woodworker. She hails from Italy, and after more than a decade in film development and production, working on all kinds of films, from blockbusters to Emmy Award-nominated documentaries, she transitioned to managing programs and partnerships in the nonprofit sector. Her introduction to the Hollywood Food Coalition started back in 2015, when she began as a volunteer on the line and eventually moved to the kitchen shifts, putting her love for food to work for a great cause. She joined the board of directors in 2017 and in 2022 stepped down to enthusiastically join HoFoCo’s staff.
Special Projects Manager
Sherry began volunteering with the Coalition over 20 years ago. Over this time, Sherry has worn nearly every hat possible with HoFoCo, from cooking meals to taking clients to doctor appointments to serving multiple terms as Board President. Sherry brings to HoFoCo a profound concern for the welfare of those struggling, along with the tools needed to help make improvements in their lives.
Sherry has always believed that the strength of HoFoCo lies in its ability to function as a coalition, where everyone feels welcome and accepted. She has a BS and MA in Occupational Therapy from USC and over 40 years of experience working with people struggling with significant life changes due to physical and mental health challenges. As HoFoCo’s first-ever salaried Executive Director, she envisioned HoFoCo creating a community hub where service providers can work together efficiently and effectively to help people in crisis access services and support for their immediate needs as well as for their personal growth. She is excited to continue contributing to HoFoCo as its Special Projects Manager.
Collin Leaver is the Head Chef for Hollywood Food Coalition. In this capacity, Collin works to ensure that HoFoCo meets its standards to provide healthy and nutritious meals for food-insecure and low-income persons. Before joining HoFoCo, Collin worked as a Chef de Cuisine for a hotel in San Diego and a Corporate Chef for a restaurant group in Los Angeles. Before moving to L.A., Collin spent most of his culinary career in San Francisco starting from a line cook to a Chef de Cuisine for several award-winning and Michelin-starred restaurants. Collin was born in Los Angeles, grew up in San Diego, and attended college in New York.
Patrick Hudnut returned to the Hollywood Food Coalition in August 2020, having been the HoFoCo Summer Intern for the summer of 2019. As Executive Associate, he wears many hats for the organization, working primarily with the development, marketing, and executive teams. If you have any questions about the Hollywood Food Coalition, he invites you to reach out to him at . A native of Los Angeles, Patrick is a graduate of Kenyon College, where he studied philosophy and played on the men’s tennis team.
Community Exchange Supervisor
Erin Lovelace is an actor and works as the Kitchen Supervisor at Hollywood Food Coalition. Erin’s job works directly with the volunteers, greeting and instructing them on the tasks of the day: preparing the evening’s dinner, serving clients nightly meals and non-food essentials, and maintaining a clean kitchen. Before working for the Coalition, Erin worked in the restaurant industry as a bartender and server. She performed weekly on the Chicago stages of iO and other theatres around the city.
Marike started volunteering at the Hollywood Food Coalition in August 2020 and recently started working as a kitchen assistant, helping with meal preparation and nightly services. Marike is currently studying sports nutrition at UCLA extension and used to be a flight attendant based in Montreal, Canada.
Volunteer Coordinator | Community Dinner
As HoFoCo’s Volunteer Coordinator, Jill focuses on volunteer coordination for the Community Dinner and office management, including reminding volunteers that it’s their day to help, thanking donors for their generous donations, picking up mail, maintaining stats (meals, clients, donations, etc.), and coordinating projects. Jill began with HoFoCo as a Food Runner and has been with the organization ever since. With a background in theater and the performing arts, copy editing, teaching and tutoring, Jill has done it all – you name it, she’s done it. She could also be found, before the pandemic, leading visits at the Getty Villa as an Arts Education Docent.
Community & Recipient Specialist
Krys Grant-Ray relocated from New York, leaving the medical field shortly after making a decision to focus her efforts on building strong community ties. She was eager to build a bridge between organizations, to meet different organizational goals and participants’ needs. By 2014, Krys found herself working in the space of community engagement and food security. In 2019, Krys shifted her efforts from solely food-focused engagement to include volunteers.
Krys recently joined the Hollywood Food Coalition team in a role of Community Exchange Program Coordinator. As a New York native, Krys brings her ability to hustle, catch the vision, and connect others to it in an authentic way. With over a decade of experience, she continues to strive to meet the food needs of communities.
Community Exchange Food Sharing Coordinator
Community Exchange Food Rescue Coordinator
Lucy is a recent UCLA graduate, where she studied Geography and Environmental Studies, with minors in GIS and Urban and Regional Studies. As a southern California native who has lived in city environments her whole life, she is interested in finding ways to create a more equitable food system, with an emphasis on accessibility and environmental impact. Lucy believes that food is a powerful tool to enact tangible change, as well as one of her favorite love languages. She has worked in non-profit environments, for UCLA Dining Services, and on a regenerative, organic farm. She also loves to stay active and spend time exercising or exploring outdoors. In her free time Lucy can be found at the gym, reading, writing poetry, spending time with loved ones, or visiting a local farmer’s market.
Transportation & Warehouse Support
A native of Detroit, graduate of the Los Angeles Film School, and huge baseball fan, Jeff joined HoFoCo’s Community Exchange in the summer of 2021, where he is excited to work with wonderful people on one common goal: serving the community! Before HoFoCo, Jeff worked for the LA Dodgers and on various films and TV shows. Jeff is very proud of his two kids, Danielle (18) and Travis (6). When not working, you can find Jeff hanging out with his son at the park, catching a move, going to a baseball game, enjoying college football (GO BLUE!), catching a Morrissey show, or taking a nap!
Transportation & Warehouse Support
Nick has been working with HoFoCo since 2018 and helps plan the routes to the donors and vendors all over Los Angeles County, as well as physically transporting/loading in and out thousands of pounds of food everyday.
After delivering them for redistribution to the HoFoCo kitchen and other organizations, he works within the Exchange program, helping with inventory, as well as communicating to volunteers and organizing the kitchen throughout the day.
Nick is originally from Minneapolis, MN and is also a working recording/touring musician.
Transportation & Warehouse Support
Born and raised in Cameroon, Sam has been with the Hollywood Food Coalition for more than 15 years. He first came to the US to attend the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduation, Sam made his way to LA to be a musician and worked as a French-English translator. Sam currently anchors our weekend Meal Service and is part of our transportation team at the Community Exchange. You can find his music under the name Pi Life in Hell.