The Executive Committee includes 10 Food Systems Division members:

Megan Bucknum | Education Working Group Coordinator
Marcia Caton Campbell | Past Chair
Laine Cidlowski | Communications Chair
Matthew Gabb | Interim Communications Chair
Ben Kerrick | National Conference Chair
Arielle Lofton | Committee Member
Kara Martin | Treasurer
Andrea Petzel | Chair

Molly Riordan
| Secretary
Delaney Tax | Student Representative

Megan Bucknum is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Planning and Sustainability at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ where she teaches urban and food systems planning courses. Megan has previously worked as a consultant for food business consulting firm, New Venture Advisors LLC and has held staff positions at Philly CowShare, The Food Trust, Fair Food Philadelphia and the Wallace Center at Winrock International, as well as assisting with the University of Vermont’s inaugural Food Hub Management Certificate course. She has been a contributing author to the planning guide Building Successful Food Hubs, Healthy Food in Small Stores report, and the books “Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement is Changing the Way We Eat” and “Institutions as Conscious Food Consumers: Leveraging Purchasing Power to Drive Systems Change.” Recently, Megan has co-produced the Wallace Center’s Food Systems Leadership Network’s Visionary Voices podcast.


Rooted Staff (5 of 6)Marcia Caton Campbell, MCRP, PhD is Executive Director of Rooted, a Wisconsin nonprofit organization focused on collaborations in food, land, and learning. Marcia has worked on community and regional food systems planning, policy, and development for over twenty years. She is co-author of Urban Agriculture: Growing Healthy, Sustainable Places (PAS Report No. 563, American Planning Association, 2011) with Kimberley Hodgson and Martin Bailkey. She is also co-editor, with Samina Raja, Branden Born, Alfonso Morales, and Alexandra Judelsohn, of Planning for Urban Agriculture in the USA: Future Directions for a New Ethic in City Building (Springer Urban Agriculture Series, forthcoming). Marcia is Past Chair of the APA Food Division and a member of its Executive Committee. With Molly Riordan, Marcia co-chairs the Policy Working Group of the Division. She is currently a member of the Dane County (WI) Food Council, and is honorary associate faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, where she teaches short courses on community food systems and urban agriculture.

Marcia was a member of the Madison Food Policy Council’s Comprehensive Plan Work Group, contributing food systems goals and strategies to the 2018 Imagine Madison plan. In Milwaukee, Marcia co-chaired the Food Systems Committee of the Mayor’s Green Team, which was responsible for the 2013 sustainability plan, ReFresh Milwaukee. From 1998-2006, Marcia was on the faculty of the UW-Madison’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning. There, her research and teaching focused on consensus building, neighborhood-based planning with diverse publics, and community and regional food systems planning. Marcia holds Master’s and PhD degrees in City & Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.

EdibleDCheadshotLaine Cidlowski, AICP, LEED-AP is the Food Systems Administrator for the City of Denver Colorado in the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment. She oversees the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council and leads the Food Systems team work to implement the Denver Food Vision to make the city’s food systems more healthy, vibrant, inclusive, and resilient. Laine was previously the first Food Policy Director for the District of Columbia and the leader of the first public DC Food Policy Council. She worked with the city of DC to study the local and regional food economy, sign on to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, and to start the DC Good Food Purchasing Program Coalition. Prior to that she was the Lead Urban Sustainability Planner for the DC Office of Planning where she was the project manager for the Sustainable DC initiative to make the city socially equitable, environmentally responsive, and economically prosperous. Laine holds a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning and a Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. Degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in Environmental Studies. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and serves as the Communications on the leadership committee of the American Planning Association’s Food System Interest Group.

Matthew Gabb,Bridge Headshot is a Program & Research Coordinator at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. In this role, they provide administrative support for IonE’s interdisciplinary social science research. Matthew’s AmeriCorps service in East Tennessee brought them to the University of Minnesota, where they received a Master of Urban & Regional Planning, with a focus on food systems and community-driven planning. Most recently, Matthew was the project lead and principal investigator for Olmsted County, Minnesota’s first-ever food security assessment, which has helped launch a new food security coalition in the county. When they are not gushing about food access and agriculture policy, you can find Matthew in the garden, walking their dog Potomac, cooking up a storm, or curled up with a good science fiction book.

Ben_0060Ben Kerrick is a Senior Consultant at Karen Karp & Partners (KK&P), an NYC-based national consulting firm working at the intersection of food, agriculture, and health. Ben is a public service-oriented food systems professional with extensive knowledge of and experience with diverse food system stakeholders and projects. His work at KK&P includes community engagement, placemaking, food system mapping, data visualization, program and event design, and research and analysis. Much of his work has focused on regional and community-scale projects involving multiple stakeholders, primary and secondary research, and action plans for food system initiatives. In addition to extensive work in NYC, he has managed or supported KK&P projects in Maine, Louisiana, North Carolina, Connecticut, upstate New York, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, California’s Bay Area, and the Mid-South Delta. Ben holds Master’s Degrees in City & Regional Planning and Environmental Science (Agroecosystem Science specialization) from The Ohio State University.


IMG-5928Arielle Lofton is an alumna of The Culinary Institute of America with years of experience in restaurant operations. Having a passion for serving local communities, she wanted to learn more about what it takes to make more sustainable, equitable, and healthy places for us all to live and enjoy. She currently attends the School of Professional Studies at George Washington University majoring in  Sustainable Urban Planning. So far, shes worked for various local and national organizations gaining experience in supporting wildlife and environmental conservation efforts with geographic information systems (GIS), community engagement through helping manage a county-wide community garden program, and providing technical assistance and research for projects focused on transportation and land-use development initiatives. She is passionate and excited to continue learning more about the planning world and serve on the Executive Food Systems Division Board of the American Planning Association.

IMG_0461Andrea Petzel, AICP is founder and principal of Broadview Planning, a woman-owned consulting firm specializing in urban planning services related to land use, health and sustainability. As a senior planner for the City of Seattle, Andrea developed one of the nation’s first comprehensive urban agriculture ordinances that helped increase access to local, healthy food. She continues this work serving on the Sustainable Agriculture Committee for the state chapter of the American Planning Association. In addition to her policy work on urban agriculture, Andrea participated in the development of Seattle’s Healthy Living Assessment, a framework to assess health impacts at the neighborhood level. The project was awarded a 2013 National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice from the American Planning Association.

KMartinKara Martin, AICP is the Director of the Food Innovation Network in King County, WA. For over fifteen years, Kara has been working to advance how community health and food systems intersect through the tools of community engagement, policy change, research, and partnership convening. Kara has experienced in community food systems assessments and addressing community health issues through comprehensive plans and development regulations. Currently, her work focuses on implementing community-driven food system strategies. and programs. In addition to being an American Institute Certified Planner (AICP), she attended the Built Environment Assessment Training (BEAT) Institute, where she received training in the most current tools used to evaluate the built environment’s effect on community health. She has lead the Washington APA chapter’s Sustainable Agriculture and Healthy Food Systems working group and served on the Washington State Food System Roundtable and Seattle Planning Commission.


Molly Riordan is the Good Food Purchasing Coordinator for the City of Philadelphia. Jointly housed in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention and the Procurement Department, she works to include good food—which the City of Philadelphia defines as healthy, sustainably grown, fairly produced, and locally oriented–in City food contracts, which supply 14.5 million meals per year to Philadelphians served by City departments. Molly focuses on developing innovative contracts and nimble internal systems that will make it easier for City departments to contract with small, local, and sustainable food businesses. Molly co-chairs the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council’s Good Food Procurement Subcommittee, is the First Vice President of the Pennsylvania Public Purchasing Association, and collaborates with Philadelphia anchor institutions to develop strategic local and sustainable sourcing opportunities. Prior to joining the City of Philadelphia, Molly worked across the food supply chain, from farming and post-harvest handling, to distribution, sales, and food service. She earned an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.

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