The Baltimore Food Hub project is guided by an amazing and growing board of directors that includes community members, developers, architects, and food policy makers to start.

The Board works hard to ensure that the Baltimore Food Hub project is inclusive and makes good business sense.  The board also ensures that the campus provides programming and space that are engaging to the surrounding community.
Baltimore Food Hub, Inc.’s sister organization, American Communities Trust , is the Master Developer of the project. ACT is a Baltimore-based nonprofit that helps to create inclusive economic development projects that bring growth and prosperity to low-income residents.

Our President

China Boak Terrell

President, Baltimore Food Hub Inc.CEO, American Communities Trust

With more than 13 years of experience in the private and public sectors, Baltimore Food Hub Inc. President China Boak Terrell has served as a corporate lawyer leading multi-million dollar transactions; business developer; liaison and advisor to agency heads, elected officials, and corporate leadership team members; and General Counsel for the District of Columbia’s legislative committee on human services.
In addition to serving as President of Baltimore Food Hub Inc., Ms. Boak Terrell is the CEO of its sister nonprofit American Communities Trust, the developer of the Baltimore Food Hub. Ms. Boak Terrell leads ACT’s national work to bring growth and prosperity to low-income residents through inclusive economic development projects.  Since joining ACT as CEO, Ms. Boak Terrell raised nearly $4 million for the Baltimore Food Hub project and completed phase 1, which included extensive environmental remediation, site work, and the opening of the first campus building. Under Ms. Boak Terrell’s guidance, ACT has also issued low-cost performance-based loans to local food entrepreneurs and positioned the organization to implement the next phase of its strategic planning, particularly with regard to its national consulting work. Ms. Boak Terrell graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts. She graduated from magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a Juris Doctor and graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of government with a Master in Public Administration.

Our board

Terry Booker

Terry Booker has been a member of the Broadway East community since her parents purchased a home in the community in the 1950s. She is the owner and operator of Terry’s Tiny Tots, a daycare center located in Broadway East. Previously, Ms. Booker served as Superintendent for Code Enforcement for Baltimore City, retiring in 2010 after 20 years with the City of Baltimore. Ms. Booker also serves as Chair of Community Development for the New Broadway East Community Association, a position she has held since the organization formed. She is a graduate of Patterson High School and studied business management at Sojourner Douglass College and Regent University. She is currently attending the Baltimore School of the Bible. As a board member of Baltimore Food Hub, Inc., she is committed to ensuring that community residents – especially seniors – can access fresh, healthy food.

Denise Richards

Denise Richards is a banking and management professional committed to service in the Broadway East community where she is a resident. She currently serves as Manager of Administrative Services at Humanim, Inc. As chair of Humanim’s Lunch and Learn Committee, she coordinates presentations and trainings with various presenters to build and develop work and life skills for employees. Previously, Ms. Richards spent 20 years in the banking industry, serving as the Assistant Vice President of Check Operations at both Bank of America and Provident Bank. She has been a member of the American Society of Administrative Professionals since April 2015. Ms. Richards serves as one of six Vice Presidents of the New Broadway East Community Association, for which she is also a board member. As chair of the Public Works Committee, she coordinates projects with the Office of Sustainability, Parks & People and Civic Works. Ms. Richards is a prominent figure in her East Baltimore community, organizing Back to School events for neighborhood youth along with family movie nights in the neighborhood green space.

Janice Woodcock

Janice Woodcock is a Philadelphia-based architect with who previously served as Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Currently she is President of Woodcock Design, a full-service architecture and planning practice whose projects include the Master Plan for the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, Wellness Center Programming Study and Clinic at St. Elizabeth’s Center for Project H.O.M.E., and Ballinglen Arts Foundation Center. From 2006-2008 Ms. Woodcock served as Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission under Mayor John Street. There she spearheaded the City’s role in the Central Delaware Riverfront Planning process, initiated by Executive Order from the Mayor to carry out a major citizen-driven planning process that would be open and transparent and produce a civic vision to guide future development. Ms. Woodcock earlier served in the public sector as the Project Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Capital Program Office. She has also worked as an architect at KieranTimberlake and Cecil Baker & Associates. In addition to serving on the board of Baltimore Food Hub, Inc., Ms. Woodcock is board secretary of American Communities Trust..

Kristin Dawson

Kristin Dawson is the Food Retail Economic Development Officer for the Baltimore Development Corporation. Ms. Dawson’s work focuses on addressing health, economic and environmental disparities by attracting, expanding and retaining grocery stores and grocery alternatives in Baltimore, specifically to food desert areas, and growing the food economy by supporting food entrepreneurs. She is based out of the city’s economic development agency, the Baltimore Development Corporation, one of the main partners in the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative – an interagency collaboration that consists of the Office of Sustainability, the Baltimore City Health Department and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Ms. Dawson was recruited to Baltimore over ten years ago for what was supposed to be one summer as part of the City’s Mayoral Fellowship program, but fell in love with the city and stayed. She holds two master’s degrees – one in Public Policy and one in Social Work – both from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Mt. Vernon with her best pal and big-hearted partner, Jason.

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