The Leadership Team includes 8 FIG members and 1 APA staff member:
Megan Bucknum | Education Working Group Coordinator
Erica Campbell | Policy Working Group Co-Coordinator
Marcia Caton Campbell | Policy Working Group Co-Coordinator
Laine Cidlowski | Co-Chair
Kimberley Hodgson | Chair
Megan Horst | Research Working Group Coordinator
Kara Martin | Communications & Outreach Working Group Coordinator
Andrea Petzel | Liaison to State Chapters & Divisions
Anna Ricklin | APA Staff Representative
Megan Bucknum is a food systems planner who works with New Venture Advisors LLC leading the outreach efforts for the firm’s studies and projects. In addition to consulting, she is an adjunct professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ where she has taught courses on urban and food systems planning. Megan 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 a the planning guide Building Successful Food Hubs the recent Healthy Food in Small Stores report, and the book “Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement is Changing the Way We Eat.”
Erica Campbell is the Farm to Plate Program Director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund – the organization that developed a 10-year statewide food system plan and serves as the backbone entity for the Farm to Plate Network. Prior to her job with Farm to Plate, Erica led the development of the Regional Food System Plan for Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, and worked at the planning consulting firm RSG, Inc. She is involved with several other planning processes and networks, including Food Solutions New England, NESAWG food systems planning work group, and her local planning commission. She also founded a local food council in 2007 and has been active in Vermont’s food system for over 15 years.
Marcia Caton Campbell, MCRP, PhD is Executive Director of the Center for Resilient Cities (CRC). A 501c3 not-for-profit organization, CRC’s work pulls together many “systems” of a neighborhood: how we build community, how we feed ourselves, how we educate our children, how we produce energy and manage natural resources, how we create jobs, and how we design buildings and reclaim our neighborhood spaces. Marcia serves on the Mayor’s Green Team responsible for implementing the city’s sustainability plan, ReFresh Milwaukee. She co-chaired the Food Systems Committee of the Green Team during the sustainability planning process in 2012-2013 and co-authored the plan’s food systems chapter. Before joining the Center for Resilient Cities, Marcia was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning. There, her research and teaching focused on consensus building and community-based planning with diverse publics and on increasing access to healthy, nutritious, affordable, and culturally appropriate food through community food systems planning. She has published a variety of articles on community food systems planning.
Laine Cidlowski, AICP, LEED-AP is the project manager for the Office of Planning (OP) for the Sustainable DC initiative to make the city the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States. It is a citywide initiative crafted for and by the city’s diverse community with the ultimate goal of making DC more socially equitable, environmentally responsive, and economically prosperous. Prior to joining OP in March 2008, she worked as Planner-Urban Designer for the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission in Prince George’s County Planning Department. She holds a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning – Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. Degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in Environmental Studies. Laine is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and serves as a Co-Chair for the American Planning Association Food Systems Planning Interest Group.
Kimberley Hodgson, AICP, RD is the founder and principal of Cultivating Healthy Places, an international consulting business specializing in community health, social equity and resilient food systems planning. Her work focuses on conducting policy-relevant research and providing technical assistance to the public and private sectors related to the design and development of healthy, sustainable places. Prior to starting a consulting business, Kimberley worked for the American Planning Association in Washington DC as a Senior Research Associate and Manager of the Planning and Community Health Center. Currently, she is co-investigator of Growing Food Connections, a five-year project aimed at building local government capacity to enhance food security while ensuring sustainable and economically competitive agriculture. She also serves on the Vancouver Food Policy Council. Kimberley received an undergraduate degree from New York University in pre-medicine, a Master of Science degree in food policy and applied nutrition from Tufts University, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree with a specialization in community health and sustainability from Virginia Tech.
Megan Horst is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. She researches about land use planning and sustainable, just food systems and has published in the Journal of Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, and Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, among other venues. She teaches courses in the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning and undergraduate Community Development degrees.
Kara Martin, AICP is founder and principal of Healthy Community Planning, LLC, a firm that specializes in community health and food systems planning. For fifteen years, Kara Martin, AICP has been working to advance how community health and food systems intersect with the built environment through the tools of policy analysis and development, research and assessments, and partnership convening. Kara is particularly experienced in community food systems assessments and addressing community health issues through comprehensive plans and development regulations. 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 currently leads the Washington APA chapter’s Sustainable Agriculture and Healthy Food Systems working group and serves on the Washington State Food System Roundtable and Seattle Planning Commission.
Andrea 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.
Anna Ricklin, AICP is the Manager of the Planning and Community Health Center at the American Planning Association in Washington, D.C. Anna works with APA members and partners to research, educate, and promote planning practice that improves public health through increased physical activity, healthy eating, and access to health and human services. With a background in public health, transportation planning, and nutrition, Anna is an emerging leader in applied research, strategic planning, and coalition building for healthy communities. She has worked in the fields of health impact assessment, community outreach and active transportation, including transit and bicycle planning. She has a MHS from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in Anthropology from American University.