Asher Landau

Director of Development

Asher Landau

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.

Bryan Pauquette

Community Exchange Director

Bryan Pauquette

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.

Linda Pianigiani

Senior Lead, Strategic Partnerships & Content Development

Linda Pianigiani

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.

Collin Leaver

Head Chef

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

Executive Associate

Patrick Hudnut

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.

Jill Klein

Administrative Assistant

Jill Klein

As HoFoCo’s Administrative Assistant, Jill focuses on volunteer coordination 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.

Luke Field

Community Dinner
Support

Luke Field

Luke began volunteering at HoFoCo in June 2020 and was hired as a Kitchen Assistant in the following September. He estimates he’s made approximately 15,000 salads during his time here. Prior to this, Luke worked as a writer and comedian for the past decade, including a 4-year stint at the website CollegeHumor. Originally from the Philadelphia suburb of Hatboro, his pastimes include horror movies, heavy metal, and crochet.

Marike Gangon-Lapare

Community Dinner
Support

Marike Gangon Lapare

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.

Krys Grant-Ray

Community Exchange
Community & Recipient Specialist

Krys Grant Ray

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.

Jeff Kaley

Community Exchange
Transportation & Warehouse Support

Jeff Kaley

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! 

Aron Kaplan

Warehouse Support

Aron Kaplan

Aron Kaplan has lived in Hollywood for the majority of his life. He likes to do photography, filmmaking, and producing music. As a Hollywood native, he’s really happy to be a part of an organization that helps the area he grew up in. One of Aron’s favorite things about Hollywood Food Coalition is how we directly help other organizations like us. Delivering produce and meals to people in need brings the most joy to him.

Erin Lovelace

Community Dinner
Kitchen Supervisor

Erin Lovelace

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.

Nick Murray

Community Exchange
Transportation & Warehouse Support

Nick Murray

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.

Sam Sobeh

Community Exchange
Transportation & Warehouse Support

Sam Sobeh

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.

Angel Velasco

Community Exchange
Food Rescue & Sharing Coordinator

Angel Velasco

Angel Velasco first joined the HoFoCo Community Exchange team as a volunteer. He quickly became passionate about their mission and fell in love with the workplace culture. He feels honored to now be employed at Hollywood Food Coalition as a tribute to his late mother who held an astonishing career in public health. Angel is also an actor/singer.