Diana became interested in local food and agriculture while studying resource management and working on small farms in upstate New York. She came to FMC from the field of flood research, where her work centered on portfolio management and risk assessment. Diana holds a BS in Environmental Economics and Policy and through these studies developed an interest in food policy and community-based food systems, researching the socioeconomic impacts of DTC marketing through CSAs and farmers markets and applying this interest to nonprofit volunteer and farmers market work supporting food access and nutrition incentive programs. She began working with FMC in March 2020, assisting with FMC’s sector-level response to the pandemic, and joined as staff in July 2020.
Current Focus: Diana manages multiple projects for the Farmers Market Support Team through partnerships with USDA-AMS, state farmers market associations, academic researchers, and other local and regional food system organizations in efforts to expand access to local food, to measure the impact of markets at the state and national level, and to strengthen the role of markets in local and regional food systems. Diana also helps manage FMC’s community of practice work, providing support around development and evaluation of these projects.
Diana lives in Austin, Texas and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- FMC Communities of Practice
- Blog: Communities of Practice: Fostering Communication and Collaboration
- Blog: FMC Helps Farmers Markets Mitigate the Impacts of COVID-19
- Collaborator on the following articles and reports: Iteration, innovation, and collaboration Supporting farmers markets’ response to COVID-19, FMC August 2020 Impact Assessment and forthcoming innovation brief and budget case study for Local Food Systems Response to COVID project