Christie Balch is the Executive Director of the Crossroads Community Food Network in Takoma Park, Maryland, which seeks to improve access to fresh, local, healthy food through innovative programs and models mutually supportive of those who grow our food and those who eat it. Crossroads is nationally known as the first farmers market in the country to double the value of federal nutrition benefits spent at market.
Before joining Crossroads in 2013, Christie worked as a Program Coordinator for the University of Maryland Extension, developing new community food projects in Maryland and Afghanistan. She has a Masters of Public Health degree through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on food systems and is a member of their Delta Omega Honor Society. Christie also serves on the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Technical Committee and is a volunteer EMT with the Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department.