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Connecting the Dots: Cross-Sectoral Strategies for Food Systems Change
Building bridges between community and economic development stakeholders and the regional food sector is integral to increasing the viability and resilience of regional food economies and improving community vitality, health, and wealth. What do these new networks look like, who do they include, and who else needs to be at the table as they move forward? Are there on-the-ground impacts that can already be attributed to these new connections and alliances?

Join us for a discussion with funders and practitioners whose work supports cross-sectoral connections as a path to transformative food systems change. We also invite you to share your success story, lesson learned, or ongoing effort related to building cross-sectoral connections in your food systems work.

Please add your story as you’re registering for the webinar. We’ll ask a few registrants to share these stories during the webinar to fuel the discussion as time permits.

Funders and non-funder practitioners will:
- Discuss their work at local, regional, and state levels;
- Share how they understand and address critical needs in the food system; and
- Reflect on the victories and challenges that come with taking a holistic approach to their work.

Aug 27, 2019 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

John Fisk
Director of Strategy and Partnerships @Wallace Center at Winrock International
John Fisk is the Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the Wallace Center at Winrock International. Under his leadership, the Wallace Center emerged as an innovative and national force in sustainable and regional food systems. John has over 25 years of experience in sustainable food and agricultural systems development, with training and application in research, program design, project management, philanthropy and evaluation. Prior to the Wallace Center, John supported the work of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation by helping to develop and implement programs that facilitated growth in healthy and sustainable food and agriculture systems across the country. He has served on the board of the of Michigan Food and Farming Systems and currently serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. John holds a PhD from Michigan State University in Crop and Soil Sciences.
Tera Johnson
Founder and Director @Food Finance Institute (FFI)
Tera Johnson is a serial entrepreneur whose mission is to create the next generation of environmentally and economically resilient food and farming businesses. The founder of teraswhey® and host of the Edible-Alpha® podcast, Tera participated in the full arc of creating a successful investor-financed company. Now the founder of the Food Finance Institute at the University of Wisconsin System and winner of the UW-Extension Chancellor’s 2017 Wisconsin Idea Award, Tera is a frequent speaker, teacher and financial consultant to sustainable food and farming businesses, communities and economic development organizations, as well as social venture funds and investors.
Bryan Crawford-Garrett
Food and Agriculture Policy Officer @Thornburg Foundation
Bryan Crawford-Garrett is the Food and Agriculture Policy Officer at the Thornburg Foundation. In this role, he manages the Foundation's Food and Agriculture strategy and grantmaking portfolio. Bryan has more than 15 years of experience working to strengthen local food and agricultural systems. Prior to working with Thornburg, Bryan consulted for five years with non-profits and foundations to improve linkages among strategy, management, and measurement in food and agricultural systems activities. He has also worked for several years in leadership positions with international NGOs in Washington, DC, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Throughout Bryan’s career, he has designed, managed, researched, and evaluated programs that focus on: sustainable agricultural and livestock production practices; policies that support more resilient food systems; market opportunities for small-scale farmers; and access for food-insecure populations to a more affordable and healthier diet.