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Meet the 2013-2014 NYU WFPA Board!

August 27, 2013

Between the first NYC Mayoral Candidate Food Forum to the splitting of the Farm Bill in the House of Representatives, the summer has been interesting for national and local food policy. Of course, WFPA is here to help you understand it all, and anything else that occurs during our next school year. But, before we do that, you need to know who we are! Without further ado, may we introduce ourselves…..

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Chandan Sharma, Chair
Why you joined the WFPA board: To facilitate (with a great group of people!) much-needed conversations on food-related issues, policies, and politics

Classes most looking forward to this year: Capstone

Dream job or current job: Public Policy advocate for healthy school food nationwide

Favorite ingredient: Toss-up between kale and Brussels sprouts




elvisAmy Black, Treasurer
Why you joined the WFPA board: To work with a body of students in creating events and planning discussions and panels on food, food planning, and waste issues.

Classes most looking forward to this year:  Each and every one of them.

Dream job or current job:  Own a small farm (urban or rural) somewhere around world. That or do some policy work or writing on food access, food waste, and food safety in the United States and abroad. I would be pretty happy if I could swing both.

Favorite ingredient: Cheese.



Keely Gerhold, Event Co-Chair
Why you joined the WFPA board:
I joined the WFPA board because as a South Dakota farm girl, food has always been a key part of my existence, whether I knew it or not. I want to learn more about food policy and how students & New Yorkers relate to food, and the WFPA is a place where people can come together to talk about issues and explore solutions. NYU is a great place to learn from our peers and New York is a beautiful city that has a lot to give, and the WFPA can be a significant platform to connect these things. I also think urban farming in NYC is fascinating and I hope to continue to bring WFPA members out to farms in the city to get our hands dirty. I’m excited to dig into some real community and food related issues as the Events Chair this year!

Classes most looking forward to this year:
I started at Wagner in January, so I’m beginning some of my International focused classes this semester. The faculty has already proven to be amazing and I’m really looking forward to getting to know more professors and learning from them. I’m taking Race, Identity and Inclusion in Organizations with Professor Erica Foldy, and I am nerdily excited to take a class with her and challenge myself with this course in particular.

Dream job or current job:
I have so many dream jobs that I couldn’t even tell you. I love working outside, working with kids, international relations, music, environmental politics (and all things environment and outdoors), agriculture and Hillary Clinton, so there’s a lot of variety in my experience and passions. I can see myself urban farming or working for the State Department (amongst a million other things), and Wagner is the perfect place for me to explore dream gigs.

Favorite ingredient:
Mexico has brought a great many things into my life, including its food and my favorite hot sauce, Tapatio. I can put Tapatio on just about anything (however popcorn is really one of the best things). I was also recently given Alice Waters’s Art of Simple Cooking cookbook after interning at Slow Food USA and I want to make everything in it. Simple is best!



Eddie Shumard, Event Co-Chair
Why I joined WFPA:  I joined the WFPA board because I wanted to engage and encourage a more open and transparent conversation about food and food policy. I also am thrilled to broaden my network at NYU by working side by side with my fellow WFPA board members from the Wagner School of Public Policy.  Together we will host what will likely be some of the most progressive dialogue anywhere in the country around food and food policy, with the leaders and innovators in policy development, community building, business, and agriculture.

Classes most looking forward to this year: Pretty stoked on both Contemporary Issues and Food Policy this semester, as Krishnendu Ray and Marion Nestle are both rock stars in their own regards in the food studies community.

Dream Job: Owning my own business that works to educate and engage citizens in food and agriculture through interactive and innovative events.  I also wouldn’t mind hosting my own TV (internet or traditional network television) show that catches people in food and agriculture doing good things from around the United States and the world. For now you can listen to me talk about food and with student leaders in food and agriculture on, listen to Summer of Food and keep a look out for my new show with fellow NYU Food Studier Steven McCutcheon debuting this fall.
Dream Big!

Favorite ingredient: imagination


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Siobhan Wallace, Communications Chair
Why you joined the WFPA board: As I participated in WFPA events over the past year and a half, I came to utilize them either as a complement to my studies or as a way to dabble in unfamiliar policy discussions. I realized my personal schedule would be changing as I entered into the second half of my time with the Food Studies program and felt the time had come to not only attend more WFPA events, but to help continue the food policy conversation and use my creative energies for new topics.

Classes most looking forward to this year: I decided to take a new path this semester and registered for the Environmental Policy class offered by Steinhardt’s Environmental Conservation Education department. I will be taught by the amazing Michelle Land, who also the Director of Pace University’s Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and shares one of my research interests: the intersection of animal welfare and conservation policy.

Dream job or current job: I really enjoy helping to expand the consumer market for sustainable purveyors, be it the producers themselves or the middlemen, via my writing, and would love to continue, though many who know me best would not be surprised if I up and bought a farm and a couple of herding dogs.

Favorite ingredient: Without a doubt, fresh sweet butter.

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