City Food Policy Advisors Kick Plans into Action
You'll learn about:
- The role that seven city Food Policy Advisors play in integrating food and agriculture into city plans, maps, and policies
- The importance of bringing food and agriculture into city processes ranging from land use, transportation, sustainability, comprehensive planning and policy
- Food planning successes and failures from a host of trailblazers
In a panel session, seven city Food Policy Advisors will answer questions about their experience integrating food into city planning. Attendees will be exposed to city food planning trends along with each city’s creative approach. Ms. Karen Banks from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future will moderate. Ms. Banks will ask each question, one at a time, allowing for all seven panelists to respond before moving on to the next question. Each Food Policy Advisor will have approximately three minutes to answer each of the following questions:
· Discuss how food planning fits within the organizational structure of government. (20 minutes)
· What data have you had to create to integrate food into planning? (20 minutes)
· How would you describe the value that you provide to local government? (20 minutes)
The Food Policy Advisors will discuss how their cities are incorporating food into the following types of plans: Urban Agriculture, Sustainability, Climate Action, Resilience, Transportation, Comprehensive Plans, Walkable Access to Healthy Food, Community Health Plans, Affordable Housing, School Food, and Built Environment; and how food environment mapping is incorporated into plans. Afterwards, Ms. Banks will moderate a 15 minute Q & A session with all panelists and the audience.
, City of Philadelphia
Confirmed SpeakerPHILADELPHIA, PA: Amanda Wagner, MCP, MGA Amanda Wagner is Get Healthy Philly’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Manager, working with stakeholders across the city to help Philadelphians eat healthy and be active. She is a member of the Mayor’s Food Policy Advisory Council and previously Get Healthy Philly’s Food Policy Coordinator. Wagner has worked on food system issues in Philadelphia with a variety of organizations, including as a Food System Planner with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Nationally, she served as a Congressional Hunger Fellow in Arizona and Washington, D.C. She holds master degrees in City and Regional Planning and Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Several city plans have incorporated food and agriculture in Philadelphia, including Walkable Access to Healthy Food plan, Philadelphia 2035, Greenworks Philadelphia, Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement plans, and the Food Policy Advisory Council, Food Policy Road Map.
Shelly Danko Day
, City of Pittsburgh
Confirmed SpeakerShelly Danko+Day is the Urban Agriculture and Food Policy Planner for the Department of City Planning in Pittsburgh. Shelly coordinates the Adopt-A-Lot program that allows residents to access city-owned land for food, flower, or rain gardens. In addition, she works to develop food policy and programs in an effort to enhance local and regional food infrastructure and create equitable food access for all residents. Danko+Day has her MA in Food Studies from Chatham University. Past experience includes Local Food Promotion, establishing the first two Edible Schoolyard gardens at Pittsburgh Public Schools, developing a summer intern program for Grow Pittsburgh, and receiving a grant to design and implement a ten-week garden program for a local YMCA. Pittsburgh has passed an Urban Agriculture zoning code and adopted an Adopt-a-Lot program, and will add a chapter on reducing the food-related carbon footprint in the city’s upcoming Climate Action Plan.
, City of Baltimore Planning Dept
Invited SpeakerHolly Freishtat, Baltimore City’s first Food Policy Director, began her work with the City of Baltimore in 2010. Freishtat takes food access seriously and works city-wide with many government departments to align priorities and projects around improving the Baltimore City food environment. Recognizing that government can’t address food access alone, Freishtat uses a multi-sector perspective and engages with many agencies, nonprofits, community groups and stakeholders to dismantle policy barriers, facilitate new partnerships and leverage funding to implement innovative solutions to address food access issues in Baltimore. Freishtat has spent over a decade working on food issues in a variety of contexts; experiences that have provided her with an understanding of the food system from the perspective of a nutritionist, an educator and a farmer. Across the country, she has led and worked on projects that include agricultural marketing, farm-to-school, farm-to-healthcare, and sustainable livestock production. Freishtat has a Masters of Science from Tufts University in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and was a Food and Society Policy Fellow in 2007-2009.
, NYC Office of the Mayor
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerMolly Hartman is a Senior Advisor for Food Policy for the City of New York. Prior to serving in the Mayor's office, she was the director of the FRESH program at NYCEDC, an initiative to encourage the development of supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods. She has also worked at Prevention Institute, a public health organization in Oakland, CA and at a community development financial institution in NYC. Hartman has a Master in Public Policy degree from the University of Southern California and a BA from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University, and is an alumni of the Coro Leadership New York program. Interagency collaboration has been led through by the Mayor’s office, and food policy goals have been integrated into affordable housing, sustainability, resiliency, and public health planning.
Tamara Downs Schwei
, City of Minneapolis
Confirmed SpeakerTamara Downs Schwei has served as Homegrown Minneapolis/Local Food Policy Coordinator at the City of Minneapolis for the past two years. Tamara supports the work of the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council and works on initiatives to improve the community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable and locally grown food. Current projects include convening the City’s more than 30 farmers markets around collaborative goals including shared metrics, marketing and outreach, vendor support and other opportunities. Prior to this role, Tamara served as the Executive Director of Urban Roots in St. Paul for nearly seven years. Urban Roots operates youth internship, education and action projects that improve the community’s health and environment through sustainable agriculture, food entrepreneurship, cooking, and environmental restoration. Tamara also spent more than 10 prior years working for public and non-profit agencies toward improved community health. Tamara holds a Master of Public Policy in Sustainable Community and Economic Development from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Spanish.
Confirmed SpeakerEdwin earned his BA in Anthropology from the University of Oregon. It was during his “Apprenticeship in Agroecology” at the University of California, Santa Cruz that he began to develop a true passion for sustainable farming. He has traveled around the world, working on sustainable farming projects including places in Mexico, Mongolia, Australia and Chile. Edwin has consulted on numerous urban farm projects around the country, helped establish the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network, and co-authored a book about urban farming in America called Breaking Through Concrete, published by the University of California Press.
, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
Confirmed SpeakerKaren Banks Bassarab is a Senior Program Officer with the Food Communities and Public Health program at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. She supports the Food Policy Networks project, a growing network of local, state and regional cross sector coalitions working collaboratively on food and farm policy. In this dynamic role, Karen works to build the capacity of and research on food policy councils to shape their respective food systems through public policy. Karen has a masters degree in community and regional planning and worked previously for a metropolitan planning organization, both of which are experiences that she brings to bear in her work at the Center for a Livable Future.
Confirmed SpeakerLaine Cidlowski is the Food Policy Director for the District of Columbia Office of Planning and the District of Columbia Food Policy Council. She was previously the Lead Urban Sustainability Planner for the Office of Planning where she was the project manager for the Office of Planning for the Sustainable DC initiative and Plan to make the city the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States. It is a citywide initiative crafted for and by the District’s diverse community with the ultimate goal of making DC more socially equitable, environmentally responsive, and economically prosperous. Cidlowski holds a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning and a Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. Degree from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in Environmental Studies. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and co-chairs the American Planning Association’s Food Interest Group. DC has included food in several city plans, including Sustainable DC, DC Healthy People, and Play DC.