I have 15 years of experience working to support food systems led community and economic development. From 2012-2014 I was a Doctoral Fellow with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and a Visiting Fellow with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.
Prior to starting my doctoral studies I worked: as a vineyard worker and winemaker apprentice in the Burgundy region of France; as a fellow for the US Environmental Protection Agency addressing problems related to non-point source pollution; as a farmworker on a farm-to-market vegetable farm in Whitefish, Montana; as a research associate at the California Institute for Rural Studies and California Cooperative Extension, working on a farm worker food security assessment; as a research assistant for an NGO in Nkambe, Cameroon addressing erosion issues on farms; and as the first Agricultural Economic Development Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County.
In August of 2014 I received my PhD from Cornell University. I have a B.A. from Cornell and an M.S. from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in Development Studies.
I am currently Chair of the Community and Regional Economics Network of the Applied Agricultural Economics Association, hold the Early Career Professional Seat on the Board of Directors for the Agriculture and Human Values Society, and am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.
When not working I live with my family next to Lory State Park and enjoying hiking, gardening, and cooking.
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