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
Student Chapter Coordinator
Tech & ComFoodJobs Support
Webinar Co-Producer & Co-Host
Webinar Co-Producer & Co-Host
Jobs Portal Manager
Contact List Manager
CARAT Coordinator, Social Media
NAFSN Leadership Circle
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.