Policy & Advocacy Intern

email: advocacy[at]ofrf.org

Julia Nelson (she/her/hers) joins the OFRF team as the Summer 2024 Policy & Advocacy Intern. Julia is a current MS student at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, studying Agriculture, Food, and the Environment. She got her BA from Colby College, where she studied Environmental Policy and Anthropology. She previously worked to expand local food systems in Maine, first as the Operations Manager for a foodtech startup that provides an online platform for wholesale buyers to purchase directly from local farmers. Following that experience, she served as the Gleaning & Local Procurement Coordinator for an anti-hunger organization, facilitating the rescue and purchase, as well as the processing and distribution, of (literal) tons of local produce for food access programming. After completing her graduate studies, she hopes to work on food & agriculture policy and is specifically interested in regional food supply chains, values-based procurement, and the intersections between nutrition and sustainability. Outside of work and school, she enjoys spending weekends running, skiing, and surfing around New England, as well as cooking delicious dinners with friends and family.