Board of Directors

The Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board was founded in 2007 in San Francisco by award-winning food allergy expert Mireille Schwartz who has spent years advocating for the safety of children dealing with severe food allergies. Our mission is to promote education, awareness, and provide no-cost medical care & medication to families with severely allergic children nationwide. Eight foods, or “The Big 8”, account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions in the U.S.: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (e.g., walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans), wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.


Mireille Schwartz CEO

Mireille Schwartz, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Mireille has been allergic to fish her entire life and carries an up-to-date Epi Pen with her at all times. She was honored by Senator Mark Leno with a 2010 California State Senate Award for commitment to raising awareness, education, and advocacy on food allergy and anaphylaxis. In 2009 & 2010  Schwartz was named Honorary Chairman of FAAN’s Food Allergy Walk-A-Thon alongside Academy of Country Music Award winner and Celebrity Apprentice finalist, Trace Adkins. Our founder is the recipient of a 2009 Change Starts at Home Changemaker’s Award for outstanding advocacy for food allergic children, and The Huffington Post’s “Greatest Person of the Day” Award in July 2011. Mireille Schwartz is featured in the Discovery Channel documentary “An Emerging Epidemic: Food Allergies in America” produced by Summer Productions.



Dominique Crenn, Chef Advisor
Chef Dominique Crenn is a 2012 two Michelin stars chef at Atelier Crenn in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow district and two-time Michelin star chef at Luce in 2009 and 2010. Our Executive Chef boardmember focuses on cuisine as a craft and the community as an inspiration.  From her beginnings in Versailles, France, to the title of Esquire Magazine’s 2008 “Chef of the Year,” combined with her hard-earned win on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and several appearances on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef’,” Chef Crenn has built a legitimate and solid reputation with countless food solutions both nationally and internationally.




Erik Noonan
J. Andrew Schwartz, Certified Calif State Firefighter
Charlotte Jude Schwartz, Teen Ambassador
Dr. Michel Jean-Baptiste
Renee Rose Schwartz
Dr. Isha Abdullah

Benjamin Madden
Elizabeth Meier, RN
Angelique Morton, Intern

Dr. Gary Ross, Chairman of the Board Emeritus
Kathleen Anderson Ross, Board Secretary Emeritus
Damion Matthews, Founding Member Emeritus

OUR FOOD ALLERGY EXPERTS are available for media interviews as well as
professional motivational & public keynote speaking engagements.
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