LEADERSHIP AND STAFF

STAFF


Managing Director

Alex Cooper

Alex@dmvfta.org






Social Media Team

Casey Powell

Casey@dmvfta.org


Social Media Team

Linda Zhu

Lindazhu@dmvfta.org


Social Media Team

Madeline Hull

Madeline@dmvfta.org


Social Media Team

Megan Brawner

Megan@dmvfta.org




Board of Directors





ZACK GRAYBILL | Board Chair

DC Slices

chair@dmvfta.org


















LISA FRIEDLANDER | Board Member

Shulman Rogers

l_friedlander@shulmanrogers.com


Lisa Friedlander is an attorney turned entrepreneur who is now focused on helping startup and emerging growth companies source the necessary legal and business advice they need to succeed via the fixed price, subscription based NEXT program and Shulman Rogers; one of the top law firms in the DC Metro area. Lisa practiced telecommunications and corporate law for almost 20 years before she co-founded Activity Rocket - an Expedia like platform for kids classes, camps, and sports. Activity Rocket was sold to a west coast Ed tech company called Thrively.








BRENDA BROWN | Board Member

Frontier Kitchen

brenda@frontierkitchen.org









RORO ASMAR | Board Member

Roro's: Modern Lebanese

info@roroslebanese.com


Chef Roro is both owner and head chef of Roro's: Modern Lebanese; Established in 2017, and hailed Bested Food Truck by Washington City Papers in 2019. Roro's: Modern Lebanese serve fresh and hand made Lebanese food catering to the DC and VA area offering options for all!








BRANISLAV PAVIC | Board Member

From Scratch

Chefb@ffscratch.com




















JASON TIPTON | Board Member

Dirty South Deli



I serve on the  board because I believe that it is important for our community to have a voice in local government. 

I am an owner of Dirty South Deli and SideCar. DSD is a staple of the daily street vending scene in DC and SideCar is an innovative catering vehicle that functions as kitchen and walk up bar.

I grew up hosting, cooking, serving, bartending and bussing tables. I started in the hospitality industry when I was 14 years old at a local family owned ice cream store and short order grill. By the time I was 24 I was a sous chef at a local restaurant group in Michigan and led the opening of their new concepts. 

After college I took a decade off from working in the industry to hone other skills as a non-profit fundraiser and advocate for social justice and environmental issue groups in capital cities around the country. That work led me to electoral politics. In 2008 I was hired by now Congressman Gerry Connolly to mount a massive voter contact program in what was a contentious primary for an open congressional seat and carried that work through to the general election. Shortly thereafter I was hired to serve as the Policy Director for Fairfax County Board Chairman Sharon Bulova. In that role I worked with all of the local jurisdictions through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and also got to now the Fairfax bureaucracy quite well. After successfully re-electing Chairman Bulova in 2011 I left local government and started a land use consulting firm, The Aisling Group, our first major project was working behind the scenes on the rezoning of the Spring Hill Metro Station in Tysons. I am still a partner in this firm, but in 2013 was contracted to do a menu consultation and worked my way back into the industry.





CLAIRE NOBLE | Board Member

Mess Hall

Claire@dmvfta.org


Claire Noble is the Community Manager at Mess Hall, where she produces dynamic and educational programming for Mess Hall’s 40+ Members, forges productive creative partnerships between Mess Hall and other food industry players, and works with each individual Member company to grow their businesses, establish their brand, and expand into new markets. Claire has a background in strategic partnerships within the Federal Government, non-profit, and corporate worlds, having worked in the Congressional and White House Liaison’s office at the National Endowment for the Humanities and in the private sector managing a diverse client portfolio. Her focus is on public-private sector partnerships, government relations, communications, and advocacy. She has worked with numerous association clients to build their membership, achieve policy goals, and engage new audiences, and is excited to bring her knowledge and experience in all of these areas to the DMV Food Truck Association.

Claire has long been obsessed with food culture and the explosive creative growth of the food industry in DC. She is an avid local small business advocate in her professional and personal life and a social justice activist. She attended Swarthmore College and George Washington University, volunteers with several organizations providing resources and counseling to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and spends her spare time eating, reading, and wandering through farmers markets. 





WESTRAY PAUL | Board Member

Westray's Finest Ice Cream

Info@westraysfinest.com



I started chasing the ice cream dreams in 2013 by working on a food truck in NYC.  The following summer season I worked in the kitchen of a NYC ice cream shop to learn how to make a quality product.  After gaining this valuable experience, it was on to starting my own venture in 2015.  Since then, I've been doing my best to spin as many plates as possible to allow my business to progress.













GLORIA SAYLOR| Board Member

Ada's Kitchen on Wheels


 Directors Emeritus  
 CHE RUDDELL-TABISOLA - BBQ BusDAVE ADAMS - Top Dog MIKE LENARD - Takorean 
 UYEN NGUYEN - Lemongrass TruckKRISTI WHITFIELD - Curbside Cupcake ANNA BRAN-LEIS - DC Empanadas 
 TOM MACDONALD - DC SlicesJUSTIN VITARELLO - Fojol Bros.  

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