What do you do for ISU Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach? My position is split between two departments: Farm, Food, and Enterprise Development and Community and Economic Development. I assist with research, teaching curriculum, design, and work on evaluation for the Community Food Systems Program.
What is the best part of your job? Having the opportunity to use my design skills in my everyday work. Also, getting to travel and meet new people and hear about all the amazing projects that occur both in Iowa and the nation.
Name one fun thing about yourself that not many people know. I like to pretend I am a (self-proclaimed) movie critic.
What do you do in your spare time? Lots of reading, yoga and meditation, enjoying spending time outside with my husband and two dogs.
What is one thing you would like to accomplish in this position? I accepted this position while taking a break from my master’s program. I absolutely love to learn, and I am hoping my work with Extension and Outreach will give me insight (and motivation) to complete my master’s degree in Community Regional Planning.
How do you create a #StrongIowa? I evaluate so that we, at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, can provide meaningful and useful services to our various communities and audiences.
What have you been up to lately (in your job)? Most of my work revolves around food systems. Currently, I am evaluating in-person workshops for Local Food Leader and Community Food Systems certifications; as well as evaluating the Community Food Systems process in five communities throughout Iowa. I am also working on a food donation and recovery assessment for Linn County that will be completed in May.