Andy Naja-Riese, MSPH
Andy Naja-Riese is a creative, visionary, and compassionate leader who has a wealth of experience in nutrition assistance and community agriculture programs. As AIM’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy leads AIM’s day-to-day operations, strategic partnerships and planning, and resource development. Prior to joining AIM, Andy was the Chief of the Program Integrity Branch of the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service Western Region, where he was responsible for the implementation and oversight of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly called Food Stamps and known as CalFresh in California). Andy oversaw the administration of $12 billion in benefits redeemed by 8 million low-income households at grocery stores, farmers markets, and other retailers across Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and the U.S. Territory of Guam. Andy is also a nationally-recognized leader in the $421 million federal SNAP Nutrition Education grant, for which he executed the design of the National SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework to support health departments, cooperative extension services, and non-profit organizations in measuring and reporting outcomes from nutrition education, farmers markets, and community-wide coalitions. Andy has provided vision, facilitation skills, and guidance to many state, community, and tribal partners to create cost-effective programs with an emphasis on food access, community agriculture, and on-line and digital education. Andy previously worked as a Senior Manager at Resource Development Associates, a social and economic consulting practice in Oakland, California, and was a Public Health Analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was also a U.S. Presidential Management Fellow. Andy received his Master’s degree in Society, Human Development, and Health from the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health and his Bachelor’s degree in Community, Environment, Science, and Health from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Andy is currently the Secretary of the City of San Rafael’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Economic Development and Affordable Housing; an active member of the Marin/Sonoma chapter of the Cornell University Alumni Ambassador Admissions Network; and founder of the Bay Area Group Eating Lox (B.A.G.E.L.) & Bagels. He lives in San Rafael, California with his husband, Gary, and enjoys gardening, cooking and fermenting local foods, and hiking the great outdoors.