Steering Committee

Meet the Board of Directors


Amanda Lamb


Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 12.04.12 AMAmanda joined the board in 2015 and has focused on issues of board governance, setting strategic direction, and making MFC a fun and engaging organization that serves the Montavilla community. Professionally, she is a Senior Researcher for the Multnomah County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, where she works on data-driven decision-making in criminal justice policy. Amanda lives in Montavilla with her husband and animals. She holds a Philosophy degree from Lewis & Clark College and a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University.


Ellen Rubinstein


Ellen RubinsteinEllen has been an advocate and supporter of co-ops since her days in Madison, Wisconsin, where she lived before moving to Portland in 2007. She has seen how communities can thrive when they have access to local, affordable, healthy food sources. She also recognizes the important role co-ops can play in disseminating information about nutrition and cooking, supporting local businesses, and serving as neighborhood gathering places. Ellen has long been passionate about locally-focused sustainable farming and food distribution, environmental stewardship, and education.

Ellen’s professional background is in energy efficiency, green building, and project management. She hopes to apply her knowledge and skill in these area to the planning, site selection, design, and operation of a co-op that will be a vital community asset for many years to come.

Katherine Pedery


KatKatherine joined the board in 2014 before taking a brief hiatus and rejoining in 2016. Katherine’s experience and interest in social welfare and poverty drew her to volunteering for Montavilla Food Co-op. “Although relatively new to the co-op movement, I see this as a national transition. Locally grown, healthier food options, supporting our community in the process. These are the reasons that I joined Montavilla Food Co-op. I believe that supporting our local farmers not only helps our local community, but it helps the environment.”