Board of Directors

Sasha Kanno (President-Farmer)

Sasha Kanno is a wife and working mom. A floral designer by trade she has also been a backyard farmer since childhood. She was the Director of Wrigley Garden; a 2 year community garden from 2009-2011 with 40 plots individually gardened by their owners. She is also one of the founders of the Wrigley co-op food exchange. Farm Lot 59 was started in 2010, “I want my friends and neighbors to be able to have a direct connection to the food that nourishes them throughout their lives. Our children should be able to have wonderfully fresh food while growing up in the city.” She is a grantee for the Long Beach Community Foundation and Connected Corridor Phase III for her work with the Wrigley Garden. She reciently was awarded the Women's Business Council Small Business Grant for her work on the farm.

She has completed the Growing Communities workshop from the American Community Gardening Association and is a supporter of Slow Food Los Angeles.

 

Steve South (Board Member)

Mr. South joined EDCO in 1993 as Director of Service and after then serving as General Manager of San Diego County operations, in 1995 was named Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2005, he was named was named President  & Chief Executive Officer for all EDCO companies. He and his family reside in Southern California.  

EDCO is one of the largest family held solid waste companies in the State of California. In his duties, Mr. South is responsible for oversight of all operations in Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Diego County, including refuse and recycling collection, processing / marketing / transportation of recyclables, customer service, inter-governmental affairs, market development, transfer and transport operations. In addition, he has directly overseen the development, permitting, financing, design and construction of ten new Solid Waste / Material Recovery Facilities.  

Mr. South has been officially recognized by the United States House of Representatives, the State of California Senate and Assembly, the County of San Diego and the Port of San Diego among others, for outstanding business leadership and community support. 

Justin Hectus (Board Member)

Justin Hectus is the Director of Information at Keesal, Young & Logan and an active volunteer in the local community.  His work has been featured in over 100 publications and he has received local and national recognition for both his professional work in technology and his volunteer work in music and the arts.  Justin has over a decade of non-profit board experience and he has developed a track record of true servant leadership.  Justin was drawn to Long Beach Local and Farm Lot 59 because of a desire to build on and share his love of fresh food and his belief in Sasha’s vision. 

Larry Rich (Board Member)

Larry Rich currently serves as the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Long Beach. He has worked for the City since 1991 in Economic Development, Long Range Planning and, beginning in 2008, the Office of Sustainability. Larry has a degree in Geography from Cal State Long Beach and has a strong interest in local history. Larry lives in the Los Altos neighborhood of Long Beach with his wife and two daughters, all aspiring urban farmers.

Debra Montalvo Russell (Board Member)

Director Business Development & Community Relations Debra Montalvo Russell has served as Director of Business Development and Community Relations for Signal Hill Petroleum, Inc. since 2005.

In her multi-faceted role, she manages government affairs, urban seismic ventures and leads the community relations team, which promotes giving and events that improve the quality of life in Signal Hill and beyond.

As the driving force behind the company's public image and company morale, Ms. Russell has been responsible for the planning and execution of multiple annual community events from the Long Beach Movies in the Park program to Signal Hill Police Department's National Night Out. In the last three years, she has also exponentially grown the company's giving efforts, coordinating donations that support local police departments, libraries, parks and schools.

She earned her bachelor's degree in international business from California State University, Fresno and is today deeply involved with her community, Mrs. Russell currently serves on the boards for the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at California State University Long Beach, and Partnerships in Excellence through the Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

She lives in Long Beach with her husband and their two children.