Our staff is the lifeblood of our organization, working hard to reach our goals every day. Their commitment, expertise, and professionalism are second to none. Read more about our staff below.
Dawn has extensive experience serving as director, co-founder and coordinator of local, national and international networks, researcher, coalition builder, community organizer, fundraiser, event and program developer, and has worked for 19 years alongside leaders most impacted by critical issues of food, food systems, as well as economic, social and racial inequality.
Since 2014, Dawn has worked with her team to strengthen the Council as a regional mechanism for food systems decision-making, priority setting and cross sectoral collaboration that aims to build a just, equitable and sustainable food system. She has served in various leadership roles working on issues of poverty, food, sustainable agriculture, health, human rights and community development. Dawn has an MA from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dawn sits on the following advisory boards:
ACHD Plan for a Healthier Allegheny -Chronic Disease Working Group
Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations -Fair Housing Task Force
PA Department of Agriculture Urban Agriculture Advisory Committee
Dawn is a member of the following organizations:
Sarah provides outreach, coordination and research support to the Council’s Food & Health Equity Working Group and Food Access Initiatives subcommittee and related projects. Previously, she worked as an AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps member at several Federally Qualified Health Centers aiding patients with state benefit applications, as well as a volunteer and site coordinator at urban gardens in both Lansing, MI and Santiago, Chile. In Chile, she was a research assistant on the school food environment in Santiago public schools, specifically focusing on the free school meals program. Most recently, she completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where she focused on health behavior and food systems.
Sarah is a member of the following organizations:
Karlin serves the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council as Project Manager. In this position she provides outreach, coordination and research support to the Council, the Urban Agriculture Working Group and related projects.
Prior to joining the Council Karlin worked in agricultural sales, marketing and distribution in support of Southwestern Pennsylvania family farms. In this role she also worked in program development, grant writing and administration, and client relations. Before entering regional food systems work, Karlin lived and worked in Southern Arizona as an environmental consultant with a regulatory focus on the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona. Karlin is driven professionally and personally by the central importance and implications of our food system on our families, our health and health of our planet.
Karlin sits on the following advisory boards:
PA Department of Agriculture -Urban Agriculture Advisory Committee
Hilltop Urban Farm -Farmer Incubation Program Advisory Council Member
Three Rivers Agricultural Land Initiative -Advisory Committee Member
Karlin is a member of the following organizations:
GPFAP Project Coordinator
Sam is excited to be coordinating the Food Policy Council's effort to develop a Greater Pittsburgh Food Action Plan. A recent graduate of the Master's in Food Studies program at Chatham University, Sam is passionate about building stronger regional food systems. Previously, Sam has worked in environmental conservation, international development, and community development. He has a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Goucher College.