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Candidate Statement - David Lee

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Outpost's Board of Directors will use this blog to discuss issues the board is exploring as it envisions Outpost's future. Can't make it to a meeting? Check here frequently to read what the Board is up to. By Your Board on October 17, 2012

David Lee- anti-hunger advocate

 

Five candidates are running for three open spots on Outpost's Board of Directors. The election runs the month of October and all current Outpost owners can vote, either online or by stopping at a Customer Service Desk for a ballot. Between now and the end of October, we'll be publishing each candidate's statement here on the Sounding Board blog. You may also find all five statements here.

 

Serving on the Outpost board would allow me to expand the scope of my work as a food advocate. I believe in the power of food to transform and build communities. Over the course of human history, great civilizations and cultures developed anywhere people could grow, cultivate and share food. This is no coincidence. However, as we have become more disconnected from our food, our communities have also become increasingly fragmented. Co-ops give consumers and the communities they serve an active, ownership role in repairing these disconnections and fragmentations, while also bending the cost curve toward a more just food system.


I am a former professional chef and current anti-hunger and food systems professional with over 10 years of experience in non-profit operations, specializing in advocacy, public affairs, government relations and community relations. Prior to relocating to Milwaukee, I worked at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, leading the organization’s anti-hunger initiative which convened community organizations, government and the public to have more coordinated discussions and plans to address hunger, nutrition and food access. As part of that work, I was the principal co-author on “Hungry No More: A Blueprint to End Hunger in L.A.” The blueprint was adopted by city, county and school districts as its framework for its hunger work. I currently work as the Resource Development Specialist at Feeding America, the nation’s largest anti-hunger charity. In this role, I help our 201 member food banks leverage federal and state nutrition program dollars. I am also responsible for developing the strategic legislative and regulatory policy platform to improve local administration of the Food Stamps program across all fifty states. I have the honor of being a fellow in the 2012 cohort for Independent Sector’s American Express NGen Program. I also serve on the steering committee for the Farm Foundation’s Dialogue Project for a 21st Century Agriculture and also serve as a national advisor on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Hunger Partnership. I graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY with a degree in Film. I am also fluent in Mandarin and conversant in Spanish.

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