About Equation Collaborative

In April 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched a pilot project to address rising food insecurity by working alongside school districts to augment school nutrition programs with boxes of nutrient rich foods for students and their families. With seed funding from a generous foundation sponsor, the project evolved into +BOX, a program that donated over 8,500 boxes with over 35,000 servings of fresh, healthy, and nutritious foods to food insecure students and families in collaboration with three different school districts by the end of 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an awakening that food insecurity and a host of other social imbalances are more acute than ever, and there are many who need help to provide for themselves and their families, to have enough food, to benefit from educational opportunities, to live and work in a clean and safe environment, and to access other essential resources. Existing public and community support services often lack sufficient capacity to address these overwhelming needs.

Equation Collaborative was founded to strengthen communities by creating and managing programs that work alongside community partners to increase capacity, access, and opportunity. Equation Collaborative empowers us to manage and grow +BOX to provide essential nutrition to as many food insecure families as possible, and provides us the opportunity to work with community partners to create shared solutions that help equalize opportunities for healthy and dignified lives.

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“From increased poverty and food insecurity, to growing water stress and accelerated environmental damage, it is a clear and increasingly present threat to human dignity.”

Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


Wesley Burt

Founder & Executive Director

Equation Collaborative is led by Wesley Burt, who brings advanced education in public policy and more than 15 years experience working in and alongside public sector organizations on creative solutions to improve community outcomes.  


Meghan Quinn

Creative Director

Meghan is a multi-disciplinary designer with advanced education and experience in architecture, industrial design, and community place making who brings a creative changemaker's perspective to designing for social change.   


Danielle Radford

+BOX Program Coordinator

Danielle was born and raised in North County and spent the last 12 years in Hawaii fighting for food justice, resource management and sustainable housing. She passionately advocates for social equity and environmental stewardship, and brings years of nonprofit management, program development and community outreach experience to the Equation Collaborative team.


Daniel Floyd

Volunteer Coordinator

Daniel keeps the +BOX engine running. With an extensive background is sales and customer service in the food service industry, he manages our weekly +BOX pack out events and leads the +BOX volunteer program.


Join the Team

Equation Collaborative is looking for caring, hard working people to lead, support and deliver programs that help equalize opportunities for a healthy and dignified life.

Assistant Director

The Assistant Director will work closely with the Executive Director to develop and implement a long term strategic plan to drive sustainable growth. The Assistant Director may be called upon as a resource for fundraising, operational efficiency, program management, board relations, staff management, and other critical components of the organization. This is an opportunity for an experienced nonprofit professional to make a significant impact on the shape and direction of an early stage nonprofit with ambitious goals to reduce food insecurity. Click Apply to see a detailed description, qualifications, and application instructions.