Dr. Nancy Creamer is a Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Community Based Food Systems at North Carolina State University, and Director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). CEFS operates a 2000-acre sustainable agriculture research, outreach, and teaching facility, and also works to develop local food systems statewide. Dr. Creamer provided leadership for a statewide North Carolina initiative resulting in a statewide action plan: From Farm to Fork, a Guide to Building North Carolina’s Sustainable Local Food Economy, and has spearheaded the development of many of the strategic initiatives identified in the report, including a USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative project focused on scaling up local food supply chains into mainstream markets. Dr. Creamer was a member of the USDA Specialty Crops Advisory Committee, and has served as a consultant to the European Commission on funding and evaluation of European organic agriculture research activities. She was appointed by the North Carolina Governor to the legislated North Carolina Sustainable Local Foods Advisory Council in 2010, serving as Vice Chair through 2013. The CEFS team was awarded the Southern Region’s C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Award, a national distinction recognizing outreach and engagement partnership efforts of four-year public universities. In 2012, CEFS received the USDA Secretary’s Honor Award for “Assisting Rural Communities in Creating Prosperity so they are Self-Sustaining, Repopulation, and Economically Thriving”. Dr. Creamer was recently appointed by Secretary Vilsack as Board member for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research.