Board of Directors
ZACK GRAYBILL | Board Chair
Alex Cooper | Board Member
Alex has served the FTA for six years in a variety of roles. He has consulted for firms looking
to start food trucks alongside being an integral part of the Capital City Convention team. With a
background in professional event and convention design alongside being a food truck owner in
the UK for 4 years, he continues to champion the small business and food truck industry
LISA FRIEDLANDER | Board Member
Lisa Friedlander is an attorney turned entrepreneur who is now focused on helping startup and emerging growth companies source the necessary legal and business advice they need to succeed via the fixed price, subscription based NEXT program and Shulman Rogers; one of the top law firms in the DC Metro area. Lisa practiced telecommunications and corporate law for almost 20 years before she co-founded Activity Rocket - an Expedia like platform for kids classes, camps, and sports. Activity Rocket was sold to a west coast Ed tech company called Thrively.
BRENDA BROWN | Board Member
BRANISLAV PAVIC | Board Member
Elliot Howe | Board Member
Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken
Elliot Howe started out serving doughnuts and fried chicken at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken as a part time job during his college years at The Howard University. Since then he has taken over as the manager of the food truck and events at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken. He has previously worked as an intern for the U.S. Soccer Foundation at their headquarters in Washington DC. Also, he designed a zero percent air vacuum cylinder as an intern at SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering. He wants to help progress the food truck business in the DMV area and sees the Food Truck Association as the best support system for this endeavor. Through vending on the streets of DC and Virginia he has seen firsthand how influential food trucks can be in the community.
Audrey Jaramillo | Board Member
Permit Tech Solutions LLC
Audrey Jaramillo is a seasoned entrepreneur; she has owned several companies and has worked with top construction, retail, restaurants, and development firms.
She is a partner in PermitTech Solutions, LLC which provides entitlement services in the metro DC area.
She is a published author and has been featured in the Loudoun Times Mirror for her humanitarian effort to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy and Lovettsville Watch neighborhood watch program.
You can follow her on twitter at @AJ_lives_on or on Instagram @un_mise_en_place ; also connect with her on LinkedIn.
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JASON TIPTON | Board Member
Dirty South Deli
I serve on the board because I believe that it is important for our community to have a voice in local government.
I am an owner of Dirty South Deli and SideCar. DSD is a staple of the daily street vending scene in DC and SideCar is an innovative catering vehicle that functions as kitchen and walk up bar.
I grew up hosting, cooking, serving, bartending and bussing tables. I started in the hospitality industry when I was 14 years old at a local family owned ice cream store and short order grill. By the time I was 24 I was a sous chef at a local restaurant group in Michigan and led the opening of their new concepts.
After college I took a decade off from working in the industry to hone other skills as a non-profit fundraiser and advocate for social justice and environmental issue groups in capital cities around the country. That work led me to electoral politics. In 2008 I was hired by now Congressman Gerry Connolly to mount a massive voter contact program in what was a contentious primary for an open congressional seat and carried that work through to the general election. Shortly thereafter I was hired to serve as the Policy Director for Fairfax County Board Chairman Sharon Bulova. In that role I worked with all of the local jurisdictions through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and also got to now the Fairfax bureaucracy quite well. After successfully re-electing Chairman Bulova in 2011 I left local government and started a land use consulting firm, The Aisling Group, our first major project was working behind the scenes on the rezoning of the Spring Hill Metro Station in Tysons. I am still a partner in this firm, but in 2013 was contracted to do a menu consultation and worked my way back into the industry.
CLAIRE NOBLE | Board Member
Claire Noble is a Managing Director at Scott Circle Events, a large-scale event production consulting firm in Washington, DC. She previously served as Community Liaison at Mess Hall, where she produced dynamic and educational programming for Mess Hall’s 40+ Members, forged productive creative partnerships between the incubator and other food industry players, and worked with each individual Member company to grow their businesses, establish their brand, and expand into new markets. Claire's background is in strategic partnerships within the Federal Government, non-profit, and corporate worlds, having worked in the Congressional and White House Liaison’s office at the National Endowment for the Humanities and in the private sector managing a diverse client portfolio. Her focus is on public-private sector partnerships, government relations, communications, and advocacy. She has worked with numerous association clients to build their memberships, achieve policy goals, and engage new audiences, and is excited to bring her knowledge and experience in all of these areas to the DMV Food Truck Association.
Claire has long been obsessed with food culture and the explosive creative growth of the food industry in DC. She is an avid local small business advocate in her professional and personal life and a social justice activist. She attended Swarthmore College and George Washington University, volunteers with several organizations providing resources and counseling to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and spends her spare time eating, reading, and wandering through farmers markets.
WESTRAY PAUL | Board Member
Westray's Finest Ice Cream
I started chasing the ice cream dreams in 2013 by working on a food truck in NYC. The following summer season I worked in the kitchen of a NYC ice cream shop to learn how to make a quality product. After gaining this valuable experience, it was on to starting my own venture in 2015. Since then, I've been doing my best to spin as many plates as possible to allow my business to progress.
GLORIA SAYLOR| Board Member
Ada's Kitchen on Wheels