Building equitable community food systems
Rodger Cooley, Chicago Food Policy Action Council
Mr. Cooley will share the evolution, efforts, and partnerships of the Chicago Food Policy Action Council (CFPAC). CFPAC serves as a network and ecosystem support organization focused on equitable food system transformation. The talk will cover the interconnections of food policy systems and networks from the hyper-local level, to city, state, regional, national, and international scales. He will share CFPAC’s evolving approaches to supporting change.
Rodger Cooley is Executive Director of the Chicago Food Policy Action Council. He has worked for over 20 years in urban agriculture and sustainable urban food systems developing policy and projects. Rodger previously spent 9 years with Heifer International, supporting the development of urban farming projects in Chicago and the mid-western United States. He recently joined the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation. Rodger has a Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College and has served as adjunct faculty at DePaul University and the Illinois Institute of Technology.