MEMBER-LED & STUDENT-DRIVEN


NAFSN is guided by a Leadership Circle of food systems professionals from throughout the North America.

The legwork of NAFSN is accomplished by a team of student staff members from Cornell University. 

In this way, NAFSN blends experiences, expertise, and energies to forge an inclusive, multi-generational, cross-sectional network of food systems professionals.

NAFSN Student Staff

Hawa Barry

Student Chapter Coordinator

Michael Cao

Technology Manager

Gretchen Burmeister

Tech & ComFoodJobs Support

Nika Colley

Webinar Co-Producer & Co-Host

Joy Davis

Webinar Co-Producer & Co-Host

Annika Gerlach

Jobs Portal Manager

Arielle Li 

Contact List Manager

Joyce Tian

CARAT Coordinator, Social Media 

NAFSN Leadership Circle

Judith Anglin

Treasurer

Judith Anglin is a nutrition scientist and registered dietitian nutritionist. She has more than 20 years experience in clinical practice research, and program development, most recently at Widener University in Philadelphia where she is a program director and an associate professor. She serves as Treasurer for NAFSN.

Pamela Berg

Partner Representative

Pam is the Academic Program Manager at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Working remotely from Chicago, she manages the Center's online courses and helps build educational programs and resources to reach new students, including food systems practitioners. Pam serves on NAFSN's Leadership and Web circles. 

Regina Bernard-Carreno

Voices from the Grassroots Editor

Regina is a writer and Associate Professor of undergraduate Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College, and a member of the doctoral faculty in Urban Education at the Graduate Center (CUNY). She serves as editor of NAFSN's Voices from the Grassroots Online Quarterly, featuring reflections from non-academic authors in food systems work.

Amy Christian

Lyson Center Co-Director

Amy Christian is with the Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems, a nonprofit organization that facilitates NAFSN. She's also managing editors of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development (JAFSCD). She serves on NAFSN's Leadership and Web circles.

Natalie Cruz

Leadership Circle Co-Chair

Natalie is an Afro-Latina culinary professional, decolonized food systems expert, and food writer. She specializes in culinary consulting, instruction, and recipe development.  Natalie is currently writing a cookbook on the African Diaspora in Latin America and writes a weekly newsletter on Substack called Food for Thought, where she writes about food, society, and identity. She serves as NAFSN's Leadership Circle co-chair.

Hannah Dankbar

Partner Representative

Hannah is the Local Food Program Manager for NC State Cooperative Extension, building capacity for local food systems across the state as well as developing and administering training programs. As co-chair of NAFSN's Training & Certification Circle (now sunset), she helped coordinate the creation of core competencies for food systems practitioners.

Gil Gillespie

Lyson Support Circle Chair

Gilbert Gillespie is a sociologist retired from Cornell University, where he worked to support more civic forms of local food system social "infrastructure." In "retirement," he now lives in rural Iowa with his wife on her family's farmstead where they operate a small-scale farm producing food for local consumption. He serves on the Lyson Center's Advisory Board providing continuity between NAFSN and its sister programs, including JAFSCD.

Erica Hall

Membership Circle Chair

As the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Florida Food Policy Council, and a long time food equity champion and environmental activist, Erica works to address gaps and affect policy within the food system through integrity and collaboration for the benefit of Floridians and the environment. She currently serves as the chair of NAFSN's Membership Circle.

Duncan Hilchey

Lyson Center Co-Director

Duncan is the co-director of the Lyson Center and editor in chief of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. He has published on a wide range of food systems issues, spoken at national conferences, and received a number of awards for his work on farm and food-based community development. He currently lives and works in Ithaca, NY.

 Kim Hines

Leadership Co-Chair

As the former executive director of Augusta Locally Grown in Augusta, GA, and an adjunct assistant professor of food systems studies at Augusta University, Kim currently provides full time support to NAFSN and its sister programs, JAFSCD and ACRE. She currently serves as NAFSN's Leadership co-chair, and lives and works out of Washington, DC.

Laura Lauffer

Productions Circle Chair

Laura is the Project Director of EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems at the North Carolina State University Center for Environmental Farming Systems, including Extension, emphasizing technical assistance, market development, value-added opportunities, and other supply chain needs. As the chair of NAFSN's Productions Circle, Laura has produced and hosted two webinar series.

Vivian Le

Web Circle Chair

Vivian Le is passionate about strengthening local food systems and is always looking for opportunities to learn from others. She most recently ran the farmers market in Riverhead, NY, and is now working and learning on an agritourism farm in Italy. She is excited to make new connections so feel free to reach out to have a chat!

Courtney Long

Partner Representative

Courtney is a program manager with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development and Community and Economic Development - a community process to develop and design local food systems in partnership with communities. As co-chair of NAFSN's Training & Certification Circle (now sunset), she helped coordinate the creation of core competencies for food systems practitioners.

Brian Raison

Partner Representative

Brian is an Ohio State University faculty member teaching on-campus and working statewide in the Extension community development program asrea as a leadership specialist. His current research and teaching focus is leadership development. He has also worked extensively in strategic planning, often within the local food systems arena. 

Jordan Richardson

Partner Representative

As the Manager for Local Catch Network, Jordan is a skilled in network development, value chain coordination, storytelling, project management, nutrition education, food safety, and food systems advocacy. She is focused on centering and supporting producers and stewards of the land and waterways to create systems change.  

Debra Tropp

CARAT Chair

Debbie is a retired USDA AMS chief and analyst who currently works as a consultant to provide training, technical assistance, and grant support on local/regional food systems issues to communities, government agencies, foundations and NGOs. She serves on the Lyson Center's Advisory Board and currently chairs the development of CARAT: the Community Agriculture Resiliency Audit Tool.