My Inspiration

Next to my family life, athletics fills a very important part of me. For over 25 years I have competed internationally in triathlons. In 2004, I had the race of my life and set an age group world record at Ironman Austria with a time of 10 hours, 40 minutes! I have competed in 19 Ironman distance triathlons, 9 times at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships in Kona; and 23 Ultra-marathons (where I have won my age division 22 times). I also love skate skiing, a passion that enabled me to meet my husband, the "other" Jerry. For all of these activities, not to mention working full time at a very important "day" job, my granola is an essential ingredient!

My commitment to food sustainability and social justice started years ago. In 1980, as a member of the Producer Consumer Project at the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization that works for peace and social just around the world, my team created the first certified farmers market in San Francisco Heart of the City Certified Farmers Market. This lead to the opening of several other certified farmers markets including those in Marin, West Oakland, East Palo Alto, even the beloved and now famous farmers market at the San Francisco Ferry Building. Today these markets are critical to a strong sustainable food system in California, a model for the country and they bring us the freshest foods!

Today, I work for Partners in School Innovation, whose mission is to transform teaching and learning so that every child, regardless of economics or background, thrives in school. I try to combine my passions: family, athletics, food and education reform! It's a busy life so I start every day with a bowl of Bungalow Munch; there's never an exception!


Do or do not. There is no try.
- Yoda