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Hunter Recognizes The Rising Stars in New York City Food Policy

The New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College has named its annual class of New York City's 40 individuals under 40 years old who are working to transform the food system. On June 8th, these honorees – policymakers, educators, community advocates, farmers, and innovators – gathered at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College to celebrate the strides they are making to create healthier, more sustainable food environments.

New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College’s 40 under 40 roster reflects the Center’s broad perspective around food policy, specifically that food policies are not simply regulations imposed by government but guidelines that impact millions of New Yorkers every day, at home and at work. The individuals selected – including Hunter professor Herman Pontzer  and Kevin Froner, principal of Manhattan Hunter Science High School – are working to make New York City a model for fair, equitable, and just food policy.

The Honorees:

Morgan Ames--Policy Advisor for Food Policy, Office of the Mayor
Carla Anastasio--Director, Division of Nutrition, Cicatelli Associates Inc. 
Suzanne Babb--Community Partnerships Manager, WhyHunger
Andrew Barrett--Program Director, Edible Schoolyard NYC
Drew Barrett--Co-Founder and COO, FoodWorks
Olivia Blanchflower--Director of Wholesale and Distribution, GrowNYC
Margaret Brown--Staff Attorney, NRDC NY Program
Liz Carollo--Publicity Manager, Greenmarket, GrowNYC
Cara Chard--Executive Director, City Growers
Jimmy Chen--CEO, Propel
Alice Chiang--Communications Manager, School Food Focus
Anastasia Cole Plakias--Co-founder, Vice President, and Vegevangelist at Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm
Rachel Dannefer--Director of Research and Evaluation, Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Centers, Center for Health Equity, NYC DOHMH
Tanya Fields--Executive Director, The BLK Projek
Kevin Froner--Principal, Manhattan Hunter Science High School
Henry Gordon-Smith--Managing Director, Blue Planet Consulting; Founder,; Co-Founder, Association for Vertical Farming
Lindsay Greene--Senior Advisor to NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen
Iyeshima Harris--Organizer, Youth Food Justice Network 
Corey Johnson--New York City Council Member, 3rd District
James Johnson Piett--Principal and CEO, Urbane Development
Carey King--Director, Uptown Grand Central and North Harlem East Merchants Association
Mac Levine-- Executive Director, Concrete Safaris
Megan Lent-- Policy Director at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Kim Libman--Director for Prevention and Community Development, Center for Health Policy and Programs, The New York Academy of Medicine
Jenna Liut--Food Consultant and Host of Eating Matters, Heritage Radio Network
Bill LoSasso-- Director, NYC Parks GreenThumb
Carlos Martinez--Deputy Director, NYC Parks GreenThumb
Kris Moon--Vice President, James Beard Foundation
Saara Nafici--Executive Director, Added Value / Red Hook Community Farms
Margot Pollans--Assistant Professor, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, and Faculty Director, Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative
Herman Pontzer--Associate Professor of Anthropology, Hunter College
Kristin Reynolds--Lecturer, Environmental Studies and Food Studies programs, The New School; Lecturer, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Amy Richards--Health Projects Coordinator, Make the Road NY and Grove St. Farm Manager
Rosanna Robbins--Director of Retail Partnerships, City Harvest
Annette Slonim--Program Manager, Edible Schoolyard NYC
Sam Slover-- Founder and CEO, the Sage Project
Jennifer Tirado-- Director of Urban Agriculture Initiative and Land Improvement, Green City Force
Shulamit Warren-- Director of Policy and Special Projects, Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
Alissa Wassung--Director of Policy and Planning, God's Love We Deliver
Ariel Lauren Wilson--Editor, Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn

About the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College

The New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College develops intersectoral, innovative and evidence-based strategies to prevent diet-related diseases and promote food security in New York and other cities. The Center works with policy makers, community organizations, advocates and the public to create healthier, more sustainable food environments and to use food to promote community and economic development. Through interdisciplinary research, policy analysis, evaluation, outreach and education, the Center leverages the expertise and passion of the students, faculty and staff of Hunter College. 

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