Erika Allen; Growing Power
Adam B. Becker, PhD, MPH; Executive Director, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC)
Rochelle Davis; Healthy Schools Campaign
John Edel; The Plant
Mari Gallagher; Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group
Lena Hatchett; Loyola University Chicago
Mei Ling Hui; Urban Forest and Urban Agriculture Coordinator, San Francisco Dept. of Environment
Jim LoBianco; Streetwise/Neighbor Carts
Kate Maehr; Chicago Food Depository
Pam Martin; Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
John ‘Tad’ Read; Senior Planner, Boston Redevelopment Corporation
Bradley Roback, Coordinator of Economic Development, City of Chicago, Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED)
Jim Slama; FamilyFarmed.org
Bral Spight; UrbanPonics, LLC
Ken Waagner; Smartley-Dunn
Jennifer Walling; Illinois Environment Council
Angela Odums Young; University of Illinois Chicago
Adam B. Becker, PhD, MPH; Executive Director, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) Adam B. Becker, PhD, MPH is Interim Co-Director of the Maryann and J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research Program at the Children’s Hospital of Chicago Research Center, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Executive Director of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC). CLOCC is a nationally recognized organization with a coordinated, multi-sector and multi-level approach to preventing childhood obesity. Since 2002, it has been the catalyst to build a broad-based network of over 3,000 individuals representing over 1,200 organizations working together to create and support environments that promote healthy eating and physical activity. CLOCC has been identified as a leading community model by the Institute of Medicine, American Medical Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is housed at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Dr. Becker received his Master of Public Health in 1994 and his Ph.D. in 1999, both in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health, and his BA from Tufts University in Medford, MA. Dr. Becker has extensive training and experience in the practice of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and has written a number of book chapters and articles on this approach to examining and addressing public health problems. Some of the issues to which Dr. Becker has applied this methodology include: the impact of stressful community conditions on the health of women raising children, youth violence prevention, and the impact of the social and physical environment on physical activity. Dr. Becker was a member of the faculty for six years at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He taught courses in community organizing, qualitative methods and CBPR, program evaluation, and community change strategies. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), Dr. Becker was Director of Evaluation and Research at the Louisiana Public Health Institute in New Orleans.
Rochelle Davis; Healthy Schools Campaign Rochelle Davis is the President and CEO of the Healthy Schools Campaign, a national not-for-profit organization that advocates for healthy school environments. Davis served as the Principal Investigator for the NIEHS-funded Partnership to Reduce Disparities in Asthma and Obesity in Latino Schools, which worked closely with community organizing for environmental justice around children’s health disparities. Davis is a member of the EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee and is co-chair of the Working Group on Education and Health, a working group of the National Prevention Advisory Committee. She is co-author of Fresh Choices, a cookbook published by Rodale Press and Executive Editor of the Quick and Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools. She is the recipient of the Chicago Tribune’s 2007 Good Eating Award.
Mari Gallagher is President of Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group (www.marigallagher.com), a national firm based in Chicago. She authored the breakthrough study that popularized the term “Food Desert” nationally in 2006 and encouraged Congressman Bobby Rush to enter “Food Desert” language into the Farm Bill. In large part because of Mari’s work, millions of dollars have been invested in underserved areas across the country. She has been tracking the Chicago Food Desert each year for five years and has played a major role in seeing its reduction. Directing, tracking, and measuring community investment impact is a core specialty. Mari also has hands-on experience. As a former practitioner, she developed a $75 million shopping center anchored by a full-service grocery store that included community employment programs with the grocer for retail jobs and with the unions for construction jobs. Mari’s research methods run the gamut of detailed data development, indices, and mapping to large online and face-to-face surveys and focus groups. Her work includes identifying and implementing practical Good Food solutions. Mari is the FoundingPresident of the National Center for Public Research and a board member of Familyfarmed.org. She has her advanced degree in urban planning and community development but her work on using the built environment to improve public health and her innovative metrics such as Years of Life Gained earned her a special three-year appointment as Associate Professor in the health department at Northeastern University, as well as invitations to advise Congress, the Institute of Medicine, and other venerable institutions.
Mei Ling Hui; Urban Forest and Urban Agriculture Coordinator, San Francisco Dept. of Environment As the Urban Agriculture Coordinator for San Francisco’s Environment Department, Mei Ling Hui serves in a lead role guiding policy development, acting as a liaison for city departments and community groups, and providing technical expertise for city-wide initiatives. She developed and maintains the most cohesive data on UA projects and manages a broad range of tools and programs to support urban gardeners, including several communication and collaboration platforms, a Feasibility Study and Strategy Plan for commercial urban agriculture in SF, and the Urban Orchards program that supports community led fruit tree planting and care through San Francisco Climate Fund. She serves as the urban agriculture representative on the Food Security Task Force, engaging support for key state legislation and developing projects that drive the connect between food security and hyper-local food production.
Jim LoBianco; Streetwise/Neighbor Carts Jim LoBianco is the Executive Director of StreetWise, Inc., which serves Chicago as a workforce development agency designed to help the homeless and those at risk of homelessness out of poverty. In the spring 2011, Jim and StreetWise collaborated with Neighbor Capital to launch Neighbor Carts, a new social enterprise dedicated to addressing two critical issues: 1) Creating new job opportunities for at-risk adults; and, 2) Promotion of healthy living through the sale of easily accessible fresh produce across Chicago, with a specific focus on food desert communities.
Jim attended undergrad at Loyola University, Chicago, and graduate school at DePaul University for Human Services and Counseling as well as Northwestern University for Public Policy Administration. Jim has spent the majority of his professional career working in the areas of homelessness and poverty. Prior to StreetWise Jim worked for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley as Deputy Chief of Staff for Human Services and then as Deputy Commissioner in charge of the Office of Homeless Services. In March 2011, Jim was appointed by Rahm Emmanuel to serve on the Social Services and Healthcare Committee of the Mayor-Elect’s transition team. Jim continues to advise Mayor Emanuel’s administration on issues of poverty and homelessness.
Kate Maehr; Chicago Food Depository Kate Maehr became chief executive officer of the Greater Chicago Food Depository in 2006. Under Kate’s guidance, the Food Depository has vastly expanded operations and distribution to meet rising demand throughout Cook County. Kate’s vision for the organization led to the development and current implementation of a five-year strategic plan – Growing the Field – that launched in 2010.With this plan, the Food Depository is increasing access to nutritious food, strengthening community responses to hunger, mobilizing the public to end hunger, implementing new outcome measurements and strengthening its infrastructure. Significant progress has already been achieved, including the expansion of produce distribution to 33 percent of all food. A leading voice in the fight to end hunger, Kate is co-chair of the Illinois Commission to End Hunger, a board member of Feeding Illinois – the state’s coalition of food banks – and a member of the State of Illinois Social Services Advisory Council. Kate is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin. She received an honorary doctorate from Knox College in 2011.
John ‘Tad’ Read; Senior Planner, Boston Redevelopment Corporation John (Tad) Read is Senior Planner at the Boston Redevelopment Authority where he focuses on transit-oriented development (TOD), transportation, land use and sustainability planning. Currently he is leading the BRA’s Citywide Rezoning for Urban Agriculture initiative. Tad began his career leading neighborhood and transportation planning projects in southern California. During the 1990’s he turned his attention to housing policy and development as Housing Administrator in the City of Santa Monica. After coming to the east coast to earn a mid-career Masters in Design Studies degree at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard in 2004, Tad served first as TOD Planning Manager for the Massachusetts Office for Commonwealth Development before coming to the BRA. Tad holds a B.A. from Williams College and M.A.in Architecture and Urban Planning from UCLA.
Bradley Roback, Coordinator of Economic Development, City of Chicago, Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED) Bradley is a member of the Open Space and Sustainability Division in the Bureau of Planning and Zoning. In his role with the DHED, he focuses on food policy and incorporating food into local land use planning projects.
Jennifer Walling; Illinois Environment Council Jen Walling started as executive director of IEC in January of 2011. She previously worked as chief of staff to State Senator Heather Steans. As part of her work, she and Senator Steans won the Outstanding Government Leadership Award from the Illinois Recycling Association in 2010 for their work on the passage of Illinois’ first commercial food scrap composting legislation. She also worked for the Environmental Law and Policy Center and SCARCE, an environmental education non-profit in Glen Ellyn, and interned for then Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn. Jen obtained her law degree and master’s degree in Natural Resouces and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Law School in 2006, after gaining her undergraduate degree in NRES at the University of Illinois, as well.
Dr. Angela Odoms-Young is an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology and Nutrition in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her research is focused on understanding social, cultural, and environmental determinants of dietary behaviors and diet-related health conditions (including obesity, diabetes, and cancer) in low-income and minority populations. Her current projects include studies evaluating the impact of the new WIC food package on dietary intake, weight status, and chronic disease risk in 2-3 year old low-income children; examining relationships between neighborhood food availability, eating behaviors, and weight status in Latino children; developing culturally appropriate nutrition education for African-American parents of young children; using community-based participatory research to adapt an evidence-based weight loss intervention for low-income African American women; and understanding the influence of food marketing on dietary intake in African American families. Dr. Odoms-Young completed a Family Research Consortium Postdoctoral Fellowship examining family processes in diverse populations at the Pennsylvania State University/University of Illinois at Urbana and a Community Health Scholars Fellowship in community-based participatory research at the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health. Dr. Odoms-Young earned a B.S. degree in foods and nutrition from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University in human nutrition and community nutrition, respectively.