Kalila Booker-Cassano

HEFN Position: 
Director of Programs
Email Address: 

As the Director of Programs at the Health and Environmental Funders Network, Kalila leads the design, execution, and evaluation of HEFN’s programs, and support HEFN’s outreach and communications with members and in the broader philanthropic sector. For over five years, Kalila has worked in the philanthropic space as the Program Officer at the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, overseeing their food systems grantmaking program. She has served as a member of the Food Solutions New England Network Team, and on the board of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders. Prior to her work in philanthropy, Kalila was a nutrition educator at Allergic to Salad in New York City. She graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in History and German

What Inspires Me Most About Environmental Health and Justice: 

As someone with a background in philanthropy, I am inspired by our partner's dedication to fostering healthy communities with an equitable approach, involving those most affected by environmental and health issues in the solution.

Why I Love My Job: 

I love interacting with people, and working with funders and partners engaged in the HEFN network means I'm always learning new things and meeting new potential collaborators!

When I'm Not at Work You Might Find Me: 

Baking a cake, playing board games, crocheting/knitting/embroidering (or all three!), or out in nature for a hike!

Contact Me When: 

You have any questions, ideas, or feedback about HEFN's programs!

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