MALT Welcomes New Staff
October 22, 2020
In the last three months, MALT has been immensely fortunate to welcome three new staff members to the team. Please join us in welcoming Lexi Fujii, Brady Moss and Lana Richards! Each brings tremendous skill, passion and a wealth of experience to MALT.
We invite you to get to know Lexi, Brady and Lana by reading on!
DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Lexi will support MALT’s fundraising, communications and events teams through digital communications. Before joining the team at MALT, Lexi worked for a variety of farm, garden and education organizations, and ran her own wedding events business. She holds a Bachelor of Science in sustainable agriculture and food systems from the University of California, Davis, where she developed a deep passion for and interest in sustainability, food and farming.
Grandma’s go-to dish: Jook — rice porridge with chicken, mushrooms and a lot of soy sauce. Lexi would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner when she stayed with her.
Pantry staples: Coconut milk, soy sauce, sesame oil, yams, onions, cumin, curry powder, sea salt, beans, garlic, Sola Bee Farms wildflower honey and Annie’s organic macaroni and cheese.
Latest hobbies: Lexi has picked up a myriad of activities lately —drawing, baking paleo treats, food photography and collaging — but her newest love is backpacking. From coastal mountains, to the top of Mt. Shasta and down into the Grand Canyon, Lexi feels lucky to have found something that makes her soul sing.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CONSERVATION
Brady joined MALT to manage our easement acquisition and conservation program. Prior to MALT, Brady served in Governor Brown’s administration as assistant secretary for policy at the California Natural Resources Agency, focusing on the state’s conservation and environmental challenges. He also spent 11 years at the Trust for Public Land in San Francisco, managing land conservation transactions to create parks and open space. Brady holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative religious studies from University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s degree in regional and environmental planning from Cornell University. Brady grew up in Shasta County, with a family legacy in the timber industry, and he enjoys leaping into swimming holes.
Favorite-family dish: When Brady was a child his mom made something called “John Wayne Casserole.” Brady remembers it contained chiles, cheese, black olives and tortillas.
Pantry (& refrigerator) staples: Extra sharp cheddar cheese, crackers, carrots, hummus, Straus Family Creamery whole greek yogurt, apples, black tea, half and half and eggs.
Holiday tradition: Not a tradition exactly, but one Thanksgiving Brady gathered more than 10 pounds of acorns, repeatedly rinsed them to leach the tannins out and then processed into acorn meal/flour. He then substituted corn meal for acorn meal in a corn bread recipe. The brown acorn bread was delicious and had scent slightly similar to areas around oak trees where acorns are rotting on the ground.
Lana joined MALT as a member of the development team. Her passion for both theater and land conservation led her to Connecticut College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater with a certificate in environmental studies from the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment. She has worked with the Avalonia Land Trust in New England and the Big Sur Land Trust in Monterey, and has been a member of fundraising and customer service teams at a variety of theater companies.
Yesterday’s lunch: Roasted chickpeas and sweet potatoes with pesto made with Little Wing Farm purple basil!
Favorite winter comfort food: A cauliflower bake from Amy Chaplain’s Whole Food Cooking Everyday (sautéed legumes and veggies topped with a whipped cauliflower cashew sauce and baked in the oven). So. Good.
Why are you passionate about agriculture? Agriculture is essential to life! For Lana, food is important for so many reasons: survival, identity, community, comfort. She wants to create a more just and sustainable society, and land management and food production are essential components of that.
You can get to know the full MALT staff, here!
Interested in joining the team? We’re hiring! Learn more, here.