Board of Directors

Amos Barclay, Board President

Amos is a corporate attorney with the law firm of Holland & Hart LLP. In his law practice, Amos helps large and small businesses achieve their goals, be it through venture capital financing, bank investments, mergers, joint ventures and sales of assets. Prior to his service on the Garden To Table Board, Amos served for nine years on the board of trustees of an outdoor school and summer camp focused on experiential education and sustainability. Amos is a North Carolina native who loves the outdoors, particularly Colorado’s many offerings for mountain biking and backcountry skiing. Amos looks forward to when his daughter is old enough to attend a Garden To Table school. email: AWBarclay@hollandhart.com

Tom Spier, Board Vice President

Founder and Managing Partner of Boulder Foods Group, Tom previously co-founded EVOL Foods and was the COO of Bear Naked Granola. Under Tom’s management, both businesses were successfully sold to public companies. In addition to his role at BFG, Tom proudly serves on the board of directors of three non-profit organizations including Garden To Table, Chef Ann Foundation and Just Label It. Tom was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. He attended Santa Fe Preparatory School and then Vanderbilt University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors and dual degrees in Economics and Spanish. email: tom@bfgpartners.com

Jessica Benjamin, Board Secretary

Jessica began event planning for Garden To Table in 2008 and then joined the board in 2015. She began her experience in the restaurant & food industry where Jessica realized her passion for bringing people together over a delicious meal. Here she worked for two years on venue side of event planning with The Kitchen. Moving to the corporate meeting world, Jessica spent over seven years managing multiple clients to execute conferences and meetings all over the world. Jessica loves spending time with her family gardening, cooking, traveling and being outdoors. email: 1517events@gmail.com

Matt Benjamin, Member at Large

Matt Benjamin has lived in Boulder for 20 years with his wife and 2 kids. He holds a degree in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado, and was the Education Programs Manager at Fiske Planetarium. His focus is Environmental and Community stewardship, and to that end is currently working on local Boulder issues, particularly the impact made on climate change through renewable energy and finding ways to build Boulder’s middle class with measured growth and developing affordable housing. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Boulder Open Space Conservancy and the Idaho Conservation League. Matt’s professional experience includes working extensively with NASA and NCAR’s research and education programs. He also helped lead a team to create the nations first and only Dark Sky Reserve in Central Idaho.  Matt loves nature and is driven to provide children experiences that inspire a sense of stewardship for their local environments and the planet as a whole. email: matthew.benjamin82@gmail.com

Amanda Shafton, Member at Large

Amanda is the director of product management at Elevations Credit Union, where she designs and executes products and services to enhance the lives of their members. She relocated to Colorado to work for Elevations, having spent most of her career in financial services product development for both start-ups and larger companies globally. She was previously part of a team who formed a charitable community garden and loved seeing how kids and families could work together to learn about growing healthy food. She is excited that her own kids get to participate in GTT’s Lafayette’s school gardens. email: Amanda.shafton@elevationscu.com

Ayari De la Rosa-Perkins, Member at Large

Ayari De la Rosa-Perkins is an environmental engineer with a multidisciplinary background in earth science and economic development. Ayari launched the Think Local First program supporting small businesses in DC and worked to establish foreign versions of Foreign Policy Magazine for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace before switching to the sciences.  As a scientist, avid gardener, and the mother of two young daughters in BVSD, she values the benefits of Garden to Table integrating environmental education into our local schools.  email:  ayari.delarosa@gmail.com

Jessica Schmitt, Member at Large

Jessica is a National Board certified teacher with over a decade of teaching experience nationally and internationally. In 2007 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Germany. Since returning to Boulder, she has taught middle school English, served as the department head, served on the accountability Committee, and co-developed the English content standards to meet or exceed Common Core, CDE, and BVSD standards. She holds a B.A. in humanities with a minor in German, and a M.A. in Education. As a Colorado native who grew up gardening, Jessica believes gardening is one of the best activities to do with young people (her two children included) and is honored to serve on the Garden To Table board. email: jess.marie.schmitt@gmail.com 

Phil Anson, Advisory Board Member

Phil is a Food Entrepreneur known for founding, building and transitioning Phil’s Fresh Foods into the frozen foods brand, EVOL, where he built and lead the EVOL Brand and team – including several rounds of financing and the company’s sale to Boulder Brands in ‘13. He held numerous posts at Boulder including SVP of Frozen Foods, Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Commercial Officer and Interim General Manager reporting to Enterprise Pinnacle Foods post-acquisition. Phil’s passion is in general management, entrepreneurship, and innovation, and he has more than 15 years of experience in food manufacturing, marketing, sales, distribution, finance and strategic planning. Phil is a long-time culinary enthusiast and creative innovator who successfully grew one of the most compelling challenger brands found in the market today. Phil currently serves as a business advisor and coach in the packaged food space as well as an operating partner to a NYC-based private equity fund. email: philipanson@gmail.com


Garden To Table is currently seeking new board members. If you would like to learn more, please send a letter of interest to info@gardentotable.org.