G1. Starting a Local Food Revolution: The Story of the Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council

APA Pennsylvania Chapter


Tuesday, October 18, 2016
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

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Spur a food revolution in your region through launching a food policy council. Learn how
sixteen Lehigh Valley organizations built support and capacity and are working together to
reduce food insecurity and grow the local food economy. Hear how the concept of Collective
Impact allows diverse organizations to work together and gain traction toward the same
goals and how facilitated discussions using the Art of Hosting techniques helped stakeholders
connect, share information and collaborate.


Paul Lynch

Paul Lynch is an experienced non-profit executive with more than 25 years of experience serving in senior positions such as CEO, COO, and CDO. Mr. Lynch is a Whitehall High School graduate who has recently returned to the Lehigh Valley after many years living in the San Francisco Bay Area ... Read More

Marc Rittle

"Marc Rittle is Senior Director, Community Impact for United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. He has nine years of United Way impact experience and is recognized for his expertise in community assessment and planning. He holds a dual Master’s Degree in Sociology, from Northern Illinois University and Loyola ... Read More

Joyce Marin, MBA

Marin is the Executive Director of RenewLV, the only smart growth organization in the Lehigh Valley. Marin is trained in the Art of Hosting and has utilized Open Space Technology and World Café in her support of RenewLV's initiatives: farmland preservation, food sustainability, smart transportation and smart growth education ... Read More

Jesse Barrett

Jesse Barrett serves as the Organic Allentown Program Manager at Rodale Institute. Bachelor of Arts (BA), Sociology from William Paterson University of New Jersey Read More

Sara Pandl, AICP, RLA

Sara is the Director of Planning and Community Development for Lower Macungie Township, a position held for more than 6 years. She is certified as a professional planner by American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a Registered Landscape Architect in Pennsylvania. Currently she chairs the Lehigh Valley Section ... Read More

Contact Info

Susan Shermer, sshermer@shermer-assoc.com