team Director of Food Security

Elvin Padilla

The Stupski Foundation immediately impressed me with its embrace of both data and in-the-field experience in its decision making. I am also struck by its support of continued learning, and its adoption of a spenddown strategy. I am happy to join the team in its goal to make a lasting contribution to our local communities.

Elvin joined the Stupski Foundation in 2019 as director of food security. In this role, he works with the senior management team to launch the Foundation’s initial spend down grantmaking strategies to address food insecurity in the Bay Area.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Elvin worked in food security in several arenas. At Philadelphia’s Community Legal Services Public Benefits Unit, he represented numerous clients struggling with food stamp enrollment and retention challenges. As director of economic development at a local CBO, Elvin later spearheaded the development of a public market in North Philadelphia’s historic Kensington neighborhood. The market became a highly successful model of developing a locally controlled food security resource in a food desert, facilitated access to high-quality produce from Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico farmers, and was a key asset to Pennsylvania’s Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Elvin has participated in peer-reviews of food security funding proposals for the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Community Food Projects.

Living in the Tenderloin in San Francisco, Elvin was a regular at the beloved Heart of the City Farmers Market. He served as executive director of the Tenderloin Economic Development Project where he worked extensively with neighborhood arts and youth development organizations on capacity development, advocacy, facilitating collaborations, and program space development and stabilization.

Elvin is a graduate of Haverford College and completed a University of Pennsylvania fellowship on best practices in urban redevelopment. Food security is personal to Elvin. He remembers as a child standing in the food line waiting for the USDA’s Commodity Food Program’s giant cans of peanut butter and blocks of cheese. He hopes to help “shorten the line” in collaboration with the Bay Area community’s food security practitioners.