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Michael Baroman-Coggins Executive Director of Loaves and Fishes

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I discussed the challenges facing bay area non profit Loaves and Fishes with Michael Baroman-Coggins who is current executive director. Michael Baroman-Coggins has been in the food industry for thirty seven years, with fifteen years in nonprofit food service management. As Executive Chef for Project Open Hand in San Francisco for twelve years Mike managed a kitchen that produced 2,600 meals a day for people with AIDS/HIV, seniors and the Critically Ill in two counties. As a member of the POH management team Mike worked on projects from fund raising events to social entrepreneurship ventures. Mike also worked for three years with Salvation Army, building and running a kitchen in Hawaii, and consulting on projects in Van Nuys and Oakland, CA. Mike has worked in private sector, as an Executive Chef and Vice President of a food manufacturer, as manager with an airline catering company, as a Culinary Instructor at California Culinary Academy and is a United States Navy veteran of the Nuclear Submarine Service. While Mike lives in the East Bay, he spent seventeen years living in Honolulu, Hawaii. The values and culture of Hawaii shape the philosophy of how Mike lives his life to this day. Service to ones community and "Ohana"(family) has lead him to the path of service in the nonprofit sector. Mike has been married to his wife of fifteen years Dee.