Meet The Crew. The current Grind Out Hunger team that puts on events, rallies volunteers, answers questions, and spreads the word of this organization.

Danny Keith


Danny Keith is the Founder of Grind Out Hunger, growing up in Salinas and seeing poverty first hand led him to a life of youth empowerment. Years of being a local business owner, consultant, writer, radio personality, and philanthropist brings a massive network of musicians, artists, athletes and professionals to help drive the Grind Out Hunger message. As the founder of Grind Out Hunger, a hunger-awareness campaign created throughpartnership with Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County, Danny is passionately leading the youth to make choices for a better community today.

Danny professes his dedication to the youth at TedX Santa Cruz, click the image to understand what”If I only knew then what I know now” means and what drives Danny to be a tireless champion for kids.


Shawn Hatjes

Creative Director

Shawn Hatjes grew up in Santa Cruz, CA entering the realm of Digital Media in high school with his passion for photography. As his talents began to evolve he taught himself the ins and outs of Social Media, Web Design and Graphic Design.

Shawn attended the University of Oregon of 2 years, furthering his education in the field of photojournalism. Shawn jumped into the nonprofit world near the end of 2010, working with Grind Out Hunger as well as other non-profit organizations. He wants to use the powers of Social Media, Web presence, visual media and design to eradicate hunger within his hometown of Santa Cruz and beyond.


Parker Guy

Volunteer Coordinator

Parker Guy has been part of Grind Out Hunger for years, but recently stepped up his involvement as the volunteer coordinator. He helps to rally the youth together to represent Grind out Hunger at events, skate demos, and more. You can find Parker at every Santa Cruz Warriors home game running the ball toss. Interested in volunteering? Let him know.


Katelin Bowers

Events Manager


Jenn Haraja

Marketing Consultant