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Wednesday, November 10
 

10:00am CST

Welcome to the Conference on Food Resilience, Access, & Equity with Council Member Vanessa Fuentes
Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Fuentes

Vanessa Fuentes

District 2 Council Member, Austin City Council
avatar for Joi Chevalier

Joi Chevalier

CEO & Founder, The Cook's Nook
A veteran of corporate America, turned chef and entrepreneur, Joi Chevalier combines her technology background with culinary arts as the CEO of The Cook’s Nook. The Cook’s Nook is a culinary incubator that provides kitchen production space, co-working, business and entrepreneur... Read More →


Wednesday November 10, 2021 10:00am - 10:15am CST

10:15am CST

Morning Keynote: Bridging Divides: Feeding Communities to Sufficiency and Health with Karen Washington
Joi Chevalier talks with Karen Washington, food activist, community gardener, founder of Black Urban Growers, one of Ebony Magazine's '100 Most Influential People in America', 2014 James Beard Leadership Award winner, and co-founder of Rise & Root Farm, which is a farm in lower Hudson Valley NY, focused on self-sufficiency, food access, and creating circles of resiliency across communities both rural and urban.  

Speakers
avatar for Joi Chevalier

Joi Chevalier

CEO & Founder, The Cook's Nook
A veteran of corporate America, turned chef and entrepreneur, Joi Chevalier combines her technology background with culinary arts as the CEO of The Cook’s Nook. The Cook’s Nook is a culinary incubator that provides kitchen production space, co-working, business and entrepreneur... Read More →
avatar for Karen Washington

Karen Washington

Rise and Root Farm


Wednesday November 10, 2021 10:15am - 11:00am CST

11:00am CST

Panel Discussion: The Role of Technology and Community in the Fight Against Food Insecurity
Covid exposed many of the flaws of our food system. The most significant of which is the our systems lack of preparedness to fight food insecurity, especially in times of crisis. Feed Forward, a food impact agency, was established in early 2021, and has focus on utilizing technology and innovation to create tangible solutions for our communities. All of its founders have worked together on the frontlines of the pandemic, and before which each have their unique stories as to why they are so passionate about making these much needed changes in our food system. They all agree that technology and community are key.


Speakers
avatar for Meg Savage

Meg Savage

Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer, Feed Forward
Meg has over 15 years of experience in food innovation, marketing, communications, partnerships, and business development. She has run a successful consultancy in the food innovation space for the last ten years, and her past endeavors include Rethink Food, Conde Nast, Hearst Corporation... Read More →
avatar for Liz Peralta Foxwell

Liz Peralta Foxwell

Co-founder and VP of Impact, Feed Forward
Elizabeth has deep roots within the food and community development scene. Her most recent endeavor played a significant role at Too Good To Go, a tech based organization focused on reducing food waste. She previously served as the Executive Director of the National Supermarket Association... Read More →
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Winston Chiu

Founder and CEO, Feed Forward
Winston, a native New Yorker, received his degree in Mathematics/Finance. He started his career as an Actuary both in the public and the private sector. In pursuit of fulfilling a dream of making an impact through food + community, he attended the Institute of Culinary Education... Read More →
avatar for Mark Kaplan

Mark Kaplan

Founder, Envisible
avatar for Rick Whitted

Rick Whitted

CEO, US Hunger
avatar for Ezekial Brooks

Ezekial Brooks

CTO, US Hunger
avatar for LaToya Meaders

LaToya Meaders

Collective Food Works
avatar for Alessandra Biaggi

Alessandra Biaggi

US Senator - State of New York
Alessandra Biaggi is the Democratic New York State Senator in her home district (Bronx/Westchester),  and Chair of the revived Ethics and Internal Governance Committee. The granddaughter of Italian immigrants who lived in Hunts Point, she is the fourth generation of her family to... Read More →


Wednesday November 10, 2021 11:00am - 11:45am CST

11:45am CST

Breakout Sessions: Cultivating Resilient Communities
With the effects of climate change growing more severe by the day, social unrest more common, and the economy more volatile, the only thing it seems we can be certain of is change. These collective changes in climate, demographics, and economics will result in inevitable and substantial negative impacts on environmental systems, food security, equity, and quality of life if left unmitigated.  Our panel will discuss how we, as landscape architects, planners and designers, can and should partner with allied professions, developers, and municipalities to create more resilient communities and landscapes to, not only survive these changes, but to thrive in these conditions through urban agriculture master planning techniques. Evidenced by research and work in Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and North Texas, which emphasize ecosystem restoration and urban agriculture strategies such as public agriculture (food forests, community gardens, edible landscaping), urban agriculture (soil-based and hydroponics), and school agriculture programs – we will explore how a more resilient society is critical for climate action success. We will also introduce our team's work on the Dallas Urban Agriculture and Food Security Plan.

Speakers
avatar for Mikel Wilkins, PE

Mikel Wilkins, PE

Director of Sustainability, TBG Partners
avatar for Haley Powell

Haley Powell

Landscape Architect, TBG Partners
avatar for Scott Snodgrass

Scott Snodgrass

Edible Group
avatar for Jeffrey Landau

Jeffrey Landau

Agritecture


Wednesday November 10, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm CST

11:45am CST

Breakout Sessions: Neighborhood Resilience Foodways - Where neighbors snap peas, share big pots of soup and weather the storms together.
In 2020 the world woke up to pandemics, emergencies and climate change and cities are striving to cope. One emerging strategy that centers food is popularized as a "community resilience hub" where high volume food distribution, among other resources, can be distributed during times of crisis, and in the best of times they serve other valuable functions. This panel will instead focus on a smaller human-scale solution that activates spaces in neighborhoods where people grow food together, share the harvest, and come to socialize, learn and play. During crisis moments, these locally cherished and creative places may be a valuable partner to the high volume regional efforts and strengthen the community fabric, health and food system in an invaluable way. This panel discussion will highlight some place-based examples of “neighborhood resilience foodways” and discuss their challenges and potential.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Coudert

Marc Coudert

Office of Sustainability, City of Austin
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Siddhartha Sanchez

Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice
avatar for Umair Khakoo

Umair Khakoo

Festival Beach Food Forest
avatar for Jodi Lane

Jodi Lane

Fruitful Commons
avatar for Nathan Hunter

Nathan Hunter

Foodway Coordinator, Bronx River Foodways
Nathan Hunter is a graduate of Manhattan College. While attending, he established a series of sustainability initiatives on campus including the design and construction of the college’s first rooftop garden. After college, he worked in Tanzania managing projects based in agricultural... Read More →
avatar for David Shuffler

David Shuffler

Executive Director, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice


Wednesday November 10, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm CST

11:45am CST

Breakout Sessions: Strengthening Community Engagement Through Food Recovery
Food Recovery Network (FRN) is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit that unites 4,000 college students, dining providers, food suppliers, and local businesses in the fight against climate change and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to local nonprofits who feed people experiencing hunger. We seek to present our data-driven methodology to increase our campus chapter footprint in communities that share our commitment to promoting community engagement through food recovery. We hope participants leave this session with new resources for how partnering with FRN will help achieve community sustainability and engagement goals.


Speakers
avatar for Regina Anderson

Regina Anderson

Executive Director, Food Recovery Network
Regina Anderson joined Food Recovery Network (FRN) in 2015. As FRN's Executive Director, Regina is responsible for setting the vision, strategy and fundraising efforts to accomplish the multi-year strategy of FRN called FRN10X. Regina works with the amazing team at national headquarters... Read More →
avatar for Katie Jones

Katie Jones

Chief Operating Officer, Food Recovery Network
Chief Operating OfficerKatie is delighted to join FRN as its first chief operating officer. In this role, Katie will partner with the executive director to oversee programming, fundraising, communications and operations for the organization. Katie has worked across all sectors including... Read More →


Wednesday November 10, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm CST

12:45pm CST

Lunch Fireside Chat- Sustaining the Need: Finance and Food
Joi Chevalier talks with Amy Bell, who helps lead strategic investments for Whole Foods Market and has a wealth of experience in creative and sustainable finance in food ecosystems. Amy has invested and advised in these areas including with JPMorgan Chase, EcoEnterprises, Foodshed Investors and Whole Foods in an effort to use capital markets tools and solutions to introduce sustainable and impactful business models in some of the most challenging places around the world. From Latin America to Africa....and to Austin. What does funding these systems look like? And what does it mean at home for non-profits, governments, and entrepreneurs trying to make meaningful impact on our local food system?

Speakers
avatar for Joi Chevalier

Joi Chevalier

CEO & Founder, The Cook's Nook
A veteran of corporate America, turned chef and entrepreneur, Joi Chevalier combines her technology background with culinary arts as the CEO of The Cook’s Nook. The Cook’s Nook is a culinary incubator that provides kitchen production space, co-working, business and entrepreneur... Read More →
avatar for Amy Bell

Amy Bell

Principal, Business Development, Whole Foods


Wednesday November 10, 2021 12:45pm - 1:15pm CST

1:30pm CST

Afternoon Keynote: Food as a Public Utility
What needs to happen in Texas to ensure every person has the food they need to thrive regardless of natural disasters, public health emergencies, supply chain disruptions, or economic distress? Austin has the immediate opportunity to reimagine the role of local government in food access. By exploring the creation of a public food utility and food hub, the Mayor and City Council, Austin Travis County Food Policy Board, and Office of Sustainability can shape an approach that ensures that no Central Texan goes hungry because of natural disasters, public health emergencies, supply chain disruptions, or economic distress.

Join the discussion as we reimagine the relationship that local government, non-profits, and private sector could create to make more resilient food supply chain that can withstand the expected ‘shocks and stressors’ to our climate in the coming decades.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Scherzer

Stephanie Scherzer

Owner, Farmhouse Delivery
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Kim Caldwell

Coordinator, EAT Hub, City of Austin
avatar for Alexis Racelis

Alexis Racelis

Professor of Agroecology, UT Rio Grande Valley


Wednesday November 10, 2021 1:30pm - 2:15pm CST

2:15pm CST

Panel Discussion: Culinary Restoration: Economic and Cultural Reclamation Through Food Entrepreneurship
Adrian Lipscombe, Tonya and David Thomas, and Eddie Hill, along with Joi Chevalier, discuss their personal journeys and approaches in growing community, developing land and property ownership, and creating intergenerational wealth, by building businesses and growing enterprises that  intentionally focus on and reclaim their culinary and agricultural heritage.

Speakers
avatar for Tonya Thomas

Tonya Thomas

Ida B's Table
avatar for Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas

Ida B's Table
avatar for Joi Chevalier

Joi Chevalier

CEO & Founder, The Cook's Nook
A veteran of corporate America, turned chef and entrepreneur, Joi Chevalier combines her technology background with culinary arts as the CEO of The Cook’s Nook. The Cook’s Nook is a culinary incubator that provides kitchen production space, co-working, business and entrepreneur... Read More →
avatar for Eddie Hill

Eddie Hill

Co-Director, Black Food Sovereignty Coalition


Wednesday November 10, 2021 2:15pm - 3:00pm CST

3:00pm CST

Community-Specific Research Coordination During COVID-19 in Austin, Texas: Collaboration and Community Experiences with Food Insecurity and Food Access Issues
During the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity and food access issues came center-stage, and usually research lags behind. Anticipating the need for timely data, researchers from UTHealth School of Public Health and the Dell Medical School’s Population Health Department independently yet collaboratively sought to better understand how food insecurity and food access issues were being experienced by lower-income, racially/ethnically diverse community members during the pandemic. Leveraging existing partnerships and COVID-specific research projects , teams from these institutions gathered quantitative and qualitative data at various stages of the pandemic to see how these issues were impacting community members . Although the researchers worked with different communities in Central Texas, both research teams found that pre-existing disparities and inequities in food access and food insecurity were exacerbated and widened during the pandemic. Their data brings to light barriers in access to services, such as language spoken, immigration status and family size. These community-specific findings are crucial to understanding not only how food insecurity and food access issues are occurring locally, but how we can develop policies and programs to support those most in need. To that end, data from these projects was shared with the City of Austin to inform food access planning.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra van den Berg

Alexandra van den Berg

Associate Director, Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, UT School of Public Health
Dr. Alexandra van den Berg is a Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion in the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living (the Center) at The University of Texas Houston School of Public Health in Austin. She received her Master of Public Health degree from the University... Read More →
avatar for Kathryn Janda

Kathryn Janda

Dr. Kathryn Janda is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin and the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living in the UTHealth - National Cancer Institute Cancer Control Research Training Program. She... Read More →
avatar for Marianna Espinoza

Marianna Espinoza

Learning and Evaluations Manager, Dell Medical School
Marianna Espinoza, MPH is the Learning & Evaluation Manager for Community-DrivenInitiatives (CDI) at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. CDI partners withindividuals and organizations to improve the health of their community by creating localsolutions to local problems. Although... Read More →
avatar for Kacey Hanson

Kacey Hanson

Program Manager, Dell Medical School
Kacey Hanson was born in Austin, Texas. Hanson graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science and earned her Master of Public Health in maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Prior to joining Dell Medical School, she... Read More →
avatar for Aida Nielson

Aida Nielson

Project Director, Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living and UTHealth School of Public


Wednesday November 10, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST

3:00pm CST

Scaling Food Distribution
Speakers
avatar for Nancy Williams

Nancy Williams

CEO & Founder, No More Empty Pots
Nancy Williams has a passion for innovation, education, and collaboration. She has a commitment to customer service excellence and getting results. Nancy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from Louisiana State University and pursued a Master of Science degree at Cornell... Read More →
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Frederic Laforge

CoFounder & CEO, The Farmers Truck
Fred was born and raised on a small-town farm in Atlantic Canada. After quitting school at the age of 14 and battling drug addiction, he was admitted into rehab. A year later, sobriety in hand, he went on to finish high school, study graphic design and launched his own design agency... Read More →
avatar for Gabe Breternitz

Gabe Breternitz

CEO and Co-founder, Good Apple
I'm a former tech analyst turned founder dedicated to making my community a better place to live. Find out more at goodapplefoods.com!


Wednesday November 10, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST

3:00pm CST

Starting Them Young: Building a Food Resilient Population
Urban Roots, Fresh Chefs and Good Work Austin have all been working on different programs to educate school age children about food systems and nutrition. How do their approaches differ and why? How are they complementary and what will it look like now that they are working together? Why does it matter?

Speakers
avatar for Adam Orman

Adam Orman

Founding Board Member, Good Work Austin
avatar for Shaleiah Fox

Shaleiah Fox

Board Chair & Co-Founder, Fresh Chefs Society
A Florida native, but at last home in the great State of Texas, Shaleiah is an advocate & philanthropist, who has worked to turn her personal story with the foster care system into positivity, give voice to community, and create spaces where women can thrive personally & professionally... Read More →
avatar for Teresa Orduno

Teresa Orduno

Program Manager, Urban Roots


Wednesday November 10, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST

3:00pm CST

Working toward food justice in Flint, Michigan: Pandemic, Partnerships, and Points of Intervention
The Flint Leverage Points Project is a collaboration between researchers at Michigan State University and community partners at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF) to find ways to change the food system in Flint so that it is more equitable, healthy, and sustainable. We examine food system components involved in producing, distributing, preparing, eating and recycling food in Flint to find patterns that are keeping it in an undesirable state. Three years into this project, this panel presents an overview of three key project lessons: reflections on our collaborative process and partnership creation, strengths and weaknesses of the food system revealed during COVID-19, and evaluations of leverage points based on system structure. The first presentation outlines the collaborative process utilized in this project using the “four Ps” framework: purpose, processes, partnerships, and products. The second presentation draws on a photo research project among Flint residents to understand the impact of COVID-19 on food access and decision-making. The third presentation analyses a series of fuzzy cognitive maps completed with experts to understand key system dynamics and elicit potential leverage points. The panel as a whole exemplifies an iterative research process created with community partners to leverage food system change.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Laura Schmitt Olabisi

Dr. Laura Schmitt Olabisi

Associate Professor, Michigan State University
Dr. Laura Schmitt Olabisi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability and the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State University. She is an ecologist and a participatory systems modeler, working directly with stakeholders to build models... Read More →
avatar for Chelsea Wentworth

Chelsea Wentworth

Research Assistant Professor,, Michigan State University
avatar for Mahdi Zareei

Mahdi Zareei

PhD Student, Michigan State University
avatar for Steven Gray

Steven Gray

Associate Professor, Michigan State University
Steven Gray is an associate professor in the Department of Community Sustainability. His research focuses on socio-environmental modeling and understanding how individuals and groups make decisions about complex social-ecological systems. He is currently the lead editor on the book, Environmental... Read More →
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Carissa Knox

PhD Candidate, University of Michigan
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Livy Drexler

PhD Candidate, Michigan State University
Livy is a PhD student in Michigan State’s anthropology program with a focus in medical anthropology. Her research focuses on cultural competency in special education programs that serve Native American students, cultural constructions of disability, and community based participatory... Read More →
avatar for Renee V. Wallace

Renee V. Wallace

Doers Edge


Wednesday November 10, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST

4:00pm CST

Closing Remarks: Joi Chevalier
Speakers
avatar for Joi Chevalier

Joi Chevalier

CEO & Founder, The Cook's Nook
A veteran of corporate America, turned chef and entrepreneur, Joi Chevalier combines her technology background with culinary arts as the CEO of The Cook’s Nook. The Cook’s Nook is a culinary incubator that provides kitchen production space, co-working, business and entrepreneur... Read More →


Wednesday November 10, 2021 4:00pm - 4:15pm CST
 
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