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Making Food Systems Change: Getting a Job in the Good Food Movement

  • CUNY Graduate Center 365 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10016 United States (map)

The good food movement has grown considerably over the past 10-15 years. New disciplines and courses of study have emerged to prepare students for the necessary work of taking on a broken food system and the policies that disproportionately affect low income communities and communities of color. But what are the pathways to securing jobs in this field? What lessons can be learned from those currently doing this work? Join us for a panel discussion featuring professionals working in food policy and food systems change. Learn about the paths they’ve taken to where they are now and how you can leverage your coursework, internship experiences and current work placements to gain the skills and experience you’ll need to get jobs in this growing field. 


Onika Abraham, Farm School NYC

Adriane Ackroyd, NYC Department for the Aging

David DeVaughn, City Harvest

Carey King, New Harlem East Merchants Association + GrowNYC

Diana Robinson, Food Chain Workers Alliance

Craig Willingham, Center for Health Equity, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Moderated by Jan Poppendieck, Professor Emerita of Sociology, Hunter College and Senior Faculty Fellow, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

Molly Hartman, Mayor’s Office of Food Policy will deliver closing remarks.

Cosponsored by NYC Mayor’s Office of Food Policy and the University Food Policy Collaborative of New York City, a network of food policy focused-faculty, students and staff from learning institutions city-wide, including CUNY, Teacher's College, Columbia University, NYU and The New School.