Community Food Systems Mentor Profile - Karen A. Spiller

Community Food Systems Mentor Profile
The Community Food Systems Mentorship Program offers Network members the opportunity to work directly with a food systems expert to support their growth, learn best practices, and connect with seasoned food movement leaders.
Karen A. Spiller, Principal, KAS Consulting

About Karen:
Karen Spiller is Principal of KAS Consulting, which provides mission-based consulting with a focus on resource matching, board development and strategic planning for health and equity-focused initiatives. She works with diverse stakeholders, including community residents and businesses, state and local agencies, policy makers, corporations, foundations, community-based organizations, and healthcare providers. She serves on national and regional committees and leads teams committed to creating equitable public health and sustainable food systems.  While serving as a board member of Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the national SOPHE Chair of Chapter Development, she managed the coordination and collaboration of SOPHE’s 21 chapters across the United States for more than three years. Karen’s recent food system related board member contributions include Boston Food Forest Coalition (BFFC), Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG), and Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN). Involved in statewide and regional food system work, Karen is an engaged steering committee and network team member of the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) network. She also serves as its Massachusetts Ambassador.  Karen is a Thomas W. Haas Professor in Sustainable Food Systems at University of New Hampshire in Durham NH. 

Areas of Expertise:

·Board Development
·Strategic Planning
·Leadership Development
·Community Engagement
·Fund Development
·Collaborative Facilitation
·Racial equity practices

Seeking to Mentor:
I look forward to working with those who are focused on building an inclusive and equitable culture using board development, strategic planning and fund development among the tools to achieve and sustain this.
Visit the Mentorship Program page (under Services) to learn more!


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