Full Circle Faces: Frank Paganelli, Chief Operating Officer
What brought you to Full Circle?
Frank: I knew Andrew from previous business interactions, and he recruited me in 2008 to put together a plan to scale Full Circle’s growth. I was consulting at the time, it was a very interesting, fun project, one I really enjoyed and wanted to run with.
How does Full Circle’s Mission speak to you?
Frank: My first career was in the public sector, working in DC with environmentally progressive legislators in the house and senate. I’ve always been interested in and committed to the big problems of public interest. Changing the food system certainly fits that description!
Frank: I used to be active in Seattle politics and served for several years on the board of the Ballard Food Bank, but these days with a three year old daughter and another on the way, I haven’t as much free time, and find what I do have is best devoted to family, Full Circle and my weekly game of basketball.
Favorite food memory?
Frank: I come from a big Italian family (7 siblings) and food has always been central to our family culture. Every holiday and personal achievement is celebrated with a meal. My favorite dish is one we call Macaroni Pie, a combination of sweet meatballs, ziti and mozzarella cheese baked into a delicious handmade pie crust, similar to the dish in the movie “Big Night”
Favorite Full Circle grown item?
Frank: Ozette potatoes, grilled with onions and spices, alongside some broccoli and a nice piece of salmon.
Goals for Full Circle?
Frank: I strive every day to be the best possible leader for this organization that I can be. Ideally, I will help steward Full Circle as it progresses from small, local farm to national sustainable food company. Thirty years from now, when we look back, I’d like for each of us to say that this was the organization of our lifetime; a place where we inspired each other to perform at our highest potential, to aspire to make real change in our world, and, most of all, to delight our customers on a weekly basis with a truly outstanding product.