Economic Development

Economies thrive when citizens are healthy. Nutrition is an economic development requirement and when implemented right, healthy diets will increase competitiveness at the community, company, and national levels. 

To ensure an equitable evolution of a nutrition-centered food system, a vital strategy lies in connecting economic development and entrepreneurship to nutrition. This approach aims to template successful economic development models and apply them to the food system, with a specific focus on nutrition security and equity, recognizing that a competitive workforce is a healthy workforce and drives a healthy economy.

By prioritizing key data and metrics, this interdisciplinary group seeks to identify crucial gaps and design solutions that guarantee affordable and accessible culturally relevant foods for diverse populations within an economic development framework. The integration of entrepreneurship is central to sustainably addressing nutrition challenges and ensuring that those in need can access suitable food options as it empowers local entrepreneurs in place-based transformation. Moreover, exploring the potential of public-private partnerships further advances the goal of achieving nutrition security for all. Through the collaboration of diverse stakeholders, this strategy paves the way for a thriving food system that positively impacts economic development and fosters nutrition security across communities.

Overview

Co-Chair: Annie Duong-Turner, John Hancock Life Insurance
Co-Chair: Tambra Stevenson, WANDA
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julian Agyeman, Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts

Outputs

    1. Framework for public private partnership to address economic development and nutrition security (Julia Hesse-Fong, 2022)
    2. Working paper: Food Tech Solutions to Address Nutrition Security, A Review of Entrepreneurship Driven Approaches, Julia Hess-Fong, 2023 (publication pending)

Members

Apurva Patel

Novo Nordisk

Director, US Corporate Sustainability & Social Impact

Apurva Patel

Novo Nordisk

Director, US Corporate Sustainability & Social Impact

Carolina Loya

Grupo Bimbo

Research & Development Supervisor: Sustainable Nutrition

Carolina Loya

Grupo Bimbo

Research & Development Supervisor: Sustainable Nutrition

Chavanne Hanson

Food at Google

Food Choice Architecture & Nutrition Manager

Chavanne Hanson

Food at Google

Food Choice Architecture & Nutrition Manager

Cheryl Toner

American Heart Association

National Senior Lead, Nutrition

Cheryl Toner

American Heart Association

National Senior Lead, Nutrition

Dan Wexler

EatWell Meal Kits

CEO

Dan Wexler

EatWell Meal Kits

CEO

David Waters

Community Servings

CEO

David Waters

Community Servings

CEO

Fred Laforge

Farmers Truck

Co-founder & CEO

Fred Laforge

Farmers Truck

Co-founder & CEO

Jean Terranova

Community Servings

Senior Director of Policy & Research

Jean Terranova

Community Servings

Senior Director of Policy & Research

Josh Trautwein

About Fresh

CEO

Josh Trautwein

About Fresh

CEO

Judy Seybold

Sifter

Chief Nutrition Officer

Judy Seybold

Sifter

Chief Nutrition Officer

Katherine Soll

Teens for Food Justice

Founder & CEO

Katherine Soll

Teens for Food Justice

Founder & CEO

Kelsey Freeman

Cargill

Vice President, North America Government Relations

Kelsey Freeman

Cargill

Vice President, North America Government Relations

Mattie Roesler

Instacart

Public Policy Research & Development Specialist

Mattie Roesler

Instacart

Public Policy Research & Development Specialist

Natalie Bomstad

Wello

Executive Director

Natalie Bomstad

Wello

Executive Director

Nicole Heckman

AARP Foundation

Vice President, Benefits Access Programs

Nicole Heckman

AARP Foundation

Vice President, Benefits Access Programs

Nicole Ninteau

Food & Nutrition Innovation Institute

Assistant Director of Research & Innovation

Nicole Ninteau

Food & Nutrition Innovation Institute

Assistant Director of Research & Innovation

Nicolene Hengen

Hunger to Health Collaboratory

Executive Director

Nicolene Hengen

Hunger to Health Collaboratory

Executive Director

Nora LaTorre

Eat REAL

CEO

Nora LaTorre

Eat REAL

CEO

Riah Flewelling

Kellanova

Associate Director, Wellbeing & Regulatory

Riah Flewelling

Kellanova

Associate Director, Wellbeing & Regulatory

Richa Mattu

Unilever

Diet & Health Lead, Nutrition & Ice Cream

Richa Mattu

Unilever

Diet & Health Lead, Nutrition & Ice Cream

Sara Eckhouse

Foodshot Global

Executive Director

Sara Eckhouse

Foodshot Global

Executive Director

Stephanie Goodwin

Danone North America

Director, Nutrition Policy

Stephanie Goodwin

Danone North America

Director, Nutrition Policy

Tambra Stevenson

WANDA

Founder & CEO

Tambra Stevenson

WANDA

Founder & CEO

Weslee Glenn

Ayana Bio

Head of Innovation

Weslee Glenn

Ayana Bio

Head of Innovation

Zully Corona

Grupo Bimbo

Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Director

Zully Corona

Grupo Bimbo

Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Director