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November 6, 2014

Food Access in the DC Region

In response to an increasing awareness about how food shapes the fate of our children and the health of our entire society - public, private, and philanthropic investments are promoting a range of healthy food access solutions. But this investment is uneven. To make access to healthy food the norm in our region, additional resources are needed to scale and coordinate promising work to fill gaps with new solutions.

Local philanthropists joined together on November 6th to learn more about access to one of the most basic building blocks of a life in our community: healthy food. A few innovators discussed a fresh look at this problem and considered how others can use their talent and resources to support collaboration to help solve it.

Welcome by:
Tamara Copeland, President, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Moderator:
Sam Kass, White House Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy and Executive Director, Let’s Move

Panelists:

Pamela Hess, Executive Director, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Michael Babin, Owner, Neighborhood Restaurant Group

Yanique Redwood, President, Consumer Health Foundation

Lindsay Smith, Food Systems Consultant, Washington Regional Food Funders, a Working Group of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Lindsay Smith, AICP, consults with the charitable foundation members of Washington Regional Food Funders to support the development of a more equitable food system in the Greater Washington region. Previously she worked as an urban planner in suburban Maryland, consulted on land conservation, and served as a coordinator for a local food council.

Lindsay began deepening her expertise in transforming regional food systems a number of years ago when she traveled to Brazil to study a unique food security program in Belo Horizonte. In her free time, she can be found in her community garden in Northwest DC and volunteering with several organizations working to improve access to healthy, sustainable, affordable food. Lindsay is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and several sustainable agriculture organizations in Virginia and Maryland. She holds a master's in urban planning and a master's in environmental policy from the University of Michigan.

Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith, AICP, consults with the charitable foundation members of Washington Regional Food Funders to support the development of a more equitable food system in the Greater Washington region. Previously she worked as an urban planner in suburban Maryland, consulted on land conservation, and served as a coordinator for a local food council.

Lindsay Smith, AICP, consults with the charitable foundation members of Washington Regional Food Funders to support the development of a more equitable food system in the Greater Washington region. Previously she worked as an urban planner in suburban Maryland, consulted on land conservation, and served as a coordinator for a local food council.

Lindsay began deepening her expertise in transforming regional food systems a number of years ago when she traveled to Brazil to study a unique food security program in Belo Horizonte. In her free time, she can be found in her community garden in Northwest DC and volunteering with several organizations working to improve access to healthy, sustainable, affordable food. Lindsay is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and several sustainable agriculture organizations in Virginia and Maryland. She holds a master's in urban planning and a master's in environmental policy from the University of Michigan.

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Michael Babin founded the Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG) in 1997 with the goal of creating unique, distinctive and exceptional restaurants and food-related businesses that reflect and enrich the communities in which they are located. Before entering the restaurant business, Michael worked in the political arena, first as a Legislative Aide handling Budget and Finance issues for US Senator J. Bennett Johnston, and then as a lobbyist and business consultant for Charlie McBride Associates. His consulting practice included business and strategic planning, capital raising, and creating strategic partnerships.

In 1997, Michael opened the Evening Star Café in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, and a year later opened Planet Wine, an adjoining wine shop. In the seventeen years since that time, Michael has managed the expansion of the Evening Star to include a wine bar and private events room; the creation of 550 Events & Provisions (a catering company); and the openings of Vermilion, Tallula, EatBar, two locations of Rustico, three locations of Buzz Bakery, Birch & Barley, ChurchKey, Columbia Firehouse, GBD Fried Chicken & Doughnuts, three locations of Red Apron Butcher, Bluejacket Brewery and The Arsenal, Iron Gate, The Partisan, and The B Side, all under the auspices of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group. His award-winning restaurants have been featured in a host of publications ranging from the Washington Post and Washingtonian magazine locally to the New York Times, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Saveur and many others nationally.

Michael founded and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit entity dedicated to making positive change to the food system in Washington, DC and the surrounding region.

Michael Babin is a board member of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and Think Local First. He received a Bachelors degree from Yale University, his commission as an officer in the US Army Signal Corps, and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Michael Babin

Michael Babin founded the Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG) in 1997 with the goal of creating unique, distinctive and exceptional restaurants and food-related businesses that reflect and enrich the communities in which they are located. Before entering the restaurant business, Michael worked in the political arena, first as a Legislative Aide handling Budget and Finance issues for US Senator J. Bennett Johnston, and then as a lobbyist and business consultant for Charlie McBride Associates.

Michael Babin founded the Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG) in 1997 with the goal of creating unique, distinctive and exceptional restaurants and food-related businesses that reflect and enrich the communities in which they are located. Before entering the restaurant business, Michael worked in the political arena, first as a Legislative Aide handling Budget and Finance issues for US Senator J. Bennett Johnston, and then as a lobbyist and business consultant for Charlie McBride Associates. His consulting practice included business and strategic planning, capital raising, and creating strategic partnerships.

In 1997, Michael opened the Evening Star Café in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, and a year later opened Planet Wine, an adjoining wine shop. In the seventeen years since that time, Michael has managed the expansion of the Evening Star to include a wine bar and private events room; the creation of 550 Events & Provisions (a catering company); and the openings of Vermilion, Tallula, EatBar, two locations of Rustico, three locations of Buzz Bakery, Birch & Barley, ChurchKey, Columbia Firehouse, GBD Fried Chicken & Doughnuts, three locations of Red Apron Butcher, Bluejacket Brewery and The Arsenal, Iron Gate, The Partisan, and The B Side, all under the auspices of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group. His award-winning restaurants have been featured in a host of publications ranging from the Washington Post and Washingtonian magazine locally to the New York Times, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Saveur and many others nationally.

Michael founded and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit entity dedicated to making positive change to the food system in Washington, DC and the surrounding region.

Michael Babin is a board member of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and Think Local First. He received a Bachelors degree from Yale University, his commission as an officer in the US Army Signal Corps, and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Executive Director Pamela Hess has been with Arcadia since March 2013. She came to Arcadia from journalism. A career national security journalist, Pam covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the Pentagon and CIA with the Associated Press and United Press International. After a brief foray into national politics as a communications director on Capitol Hill, Pam returned to her first love: food and sustainable farms. In 2011, she took the helm of a local food and wine magazine that celebrated sustainable food and farming in the Capitol Foodshed, and in the course of it, met and fell in love with Arcadia. She brings to Arcadia a deep commitment to its mission, a large and expanding network of farmers and food advocates, and a great reputation within the sustainable food community.

Pamela Hess

Executive Director Pamela Hess has been with Arcadia since March 2013. She came to Arcadia from journalism. A career national security journalist, Pam covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the Pentagon and CIA with the Associated Press and United Press International. After a brief foray into national politics as a communications director on Capitol Hill, Pam returned to her first love: food and sustainable farms.

Executive Director Pamela Hess has been with Arcadia since March 2013. She came to Arcadia from journalism. A career national security journalist, Pam covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the Pentagon and CIA with the Associated Press and United Press International. After a brief foray into national politics as a communications director on Capitol Hill, Pam returned to her first love: food and sustainable farms. In 2011, she took the helm of a local food and wine magazine that celebrated sustainable food and farming in the Capitol Foodshed, and in the course of it, met and fell in love with Arcadia. She brings to Arcadia a deep commitment to its mission, a large and expanding network of farmers and food advocates, and a great reputation within the sustainable food community.

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Sam Kass is the Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy. In this capacity, Sam leads the First Lady’s work to help America raise a healthier generation of kids and ensure that kids have the opportunity for the long, healthy lives they deserve. As Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition he also advises on food and nutrition issues beyond Let’s Move!.

One of the First Lady’s longest serving advisors, Sam previously served as Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives. Sam helped First Lady Michelle Obama create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden. To date, the garden has yielded thousands of pounds of produce that has been used to feed event guests, staff and the First Family at the White House, with further harvests donated to local food shelters.

In 2009, Sam joined the White House Kitchen staff under Executive Chef Cris Comerford’s leadership as Assistant Chef and, in 2010, became Food Initiative Coordinator. Sam is a Chicago native and college athlete, Sam played baseball for the University of Chicago and graduated with a degree in U.S. History. He worked at 312 and Avec in Chicago and was trained as a chef by one of Austria’s greatest chefs, Chef Christian Domschitz in Vienna.

Sam Kass

Sam Kass is the Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy. In this capacity, Sam leads the First Lady’s work to help America raise a healthier generation of kids and ensure that kids have the opportunity for the long, healthy lives they deserve. As Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition he also advises on food and nutrition issues beyond Let’s Move!.

Sam Kass is the Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy. In this capacity, Sam leads the First Lady’s work to help America raise a healthier generation of kids and ensure that kids have the opportunity for the long, healthy lives they deserve. As Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition he also advises on food and nutrition issues beyond Let’s Move!.

One of the First Lady’s longest serving advisors, Sam previously served as Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives. Sam helped First Lady Michelle Obama create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden. To date, the garden has yielded thousands of pounds of produce that has been used to feed event guests, staff and the First Family at the White House, with further harvests donated to local food shelters.

In 2009, Sam joined the White House Kitchen staff under Executive Chef Cris Comerford’s leadership as Assistant Chef and, in 2010, became Food Initiative Coordinator. Sam is a Chicago native and college athlete, Sam played baseball for the University of Chicago and graduated with a degree in U.S. History. He worked at 312 and Avec in Chicago and was trained as a chef by one of Austria’s greatest chefs, Chef Christian Domschitz in Vienna.

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Tamara joined the staff of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in September 2006. In this position, she leads a staff committed to promoting and supporting effective and responsible philanthropy across Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Before this position, she served as the President of Voices for America’s Children for almost 10 years. Many believe that her vision and leadership were instrumental in transforming what was the National Association of Child Advocates, an association focused solely on supporting state and locally based child advocacy organizations into Voices for America’s Children, a national advocacy organization with member groups in almost every state in the country.

Prior to joining Voices, Tamara was Director of the National Health & Education Consortium. She also worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bobby Scott as his chief advisor on health, human services and education issues. Before that she was the Director of the Southern Regional Project on Infant Mortality, an initiative of the Southern Governors' Association and the Southern Legislative Conference. She also understands state government, having been Director of the Office of Prevention of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and Deputy Director of the Virginia Division for Children.

She received her B.A. in Sociology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and her M.S.W. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Tamara Copeland

Tamara joined the staff of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in September 2006. In this position, she leads a staff committed to promoting and supporting effective and responsible philanthropy across Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Tamara joined the staff of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in September 2006. In this position, she leads a staff committed to promoting and supporting effective and responsible philanthropy across Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Before this position, she served as the President of Voices for America’s Children for almost 10 years. Many believe that her vision and leadership were instrumental in transforming what was the National Association of Child Advocates, an association focused solely on supporting state and locally based child advocacy organizations into Voices for America’s Children, a national advocacy organization with member groups in almost every state in the country.

Prior to joining Voices, Tamara was Director of the National Health & Education Consortium. She also worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bobby Scott as his chief advisor on health, human services and education issues. Before that she was the Director of the Southern Regional Project on Infant Mortality, an initiative of the Southern Governors' Association and the Southern Legislative Conference. She also understands state government, having been Director of the Office of Prevention of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and Deputy Director of the Virginia Division for Children.

She received her B.A. in Sociology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and her M.S.W. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

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Yanique has overall responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial, and administrative operations of the Foundation. She joined the CHF team in 2012 as its second President and CEO.

Prior to joining CHF, Yanique worked for the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she managed the health and mental health portfolio of grants and the evaluation of Evidence2Success. She also provided leadership for the Race, Class, and Culture Committee of the Evidence-Based Practice Team. Prior to joining the Casey Foundation in 2010, Yanique worked in the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to that, she directed a community-based participatory research initiative in Atlanta that was funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health.

In 2012, she was named a Terrance Keenan Institute Emerging Leader in Health Philanthropy by Grantmakers in Health and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in 2013.
Yanique has degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology (BS) and University of Michigan School of Public Health (PhD, MPH). Throughout her training and career, she has focused on addressing the social determinants of health including racial equity.

Yanique Redwood

Yanique has overall responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial, and administrative operations of the Foundation. She joined the CHF team in 2012 as its second President and CEO.

Yanique has overall responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial, and administrative operations of the Foundation. She joined the CHF team in 2012 as its second President and CEO.

Prior to joining CHF, Yanique worked for the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she managed the health and mental health portfolio of grants and the evaluation of Evidence2Success. She also provided leadership for the Race, Class, and Culture Committee of the Evidence-Based Practice Team. Prior to joining the Casey Foundation in 2010, Yanique worked in the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to that, she directed a community-based participatory research initiative in Atlanta that was funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health.

In 2012, she was named a Terrance Keenan Institute Emerging Leader in Health Philanthropy by Grantmakers in Health and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in 2013.
Yanique has degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology (BS) and University of Michigan School of Public Health (PhD, MPH). Throughout her training and career, she has focused on addressing the social determinants of health including racial equity.

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