Cheryl trained as an agricultural economist, has broad experience in community development, agricultural marketing, natural resource management, and policy. She has held positions at Michigan State’s Center for Regional Food Systems and Partnerships for Food Industry Development, and she has been involved in teaching and research in a number of African countries. As a Food and Community Fellow with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, her areas of focus included community food assessments, local food councils, school food value chains, and equity for socially disadvantaged and underrepresented groups. Cheryl was a Program Manager with FoodCorps and the Program Officer for Regional Food Economies at the Wallace Center, Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development. Although Cheryl was raised in Detroit, Boston, and New York City, she takes great pride in the Florida farmland her family has maintained for five generations.