our staff: national food access
Brian Lang, Director
Brian advocates for policies that improve people's access to healthy food. Brian has his master's degree in government affairs from Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Fun fact: He is a drummer, runner, cook and dog lover.
Caroline Harries, Associate Director
Caroline supports the implementation and development of policies to encourage healthy food retail development in underserved areas throughout the country. She has a master's in regional planning from Cornell University and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She lives in Philadelphia with her family and her hobbies include running and shopping at The Food Trust’s farmers markets!
Kamaryn Norris, Project Associate
Kamaryn assists in outreach and implementation of healthy food financing programs across the country; Kamaryn also supports our healthy food access portal. She has dual degrees in sociology and rhetoric and public advocacy. An Atlanta native, Kamaryn loves to run.
Julia Koprak, Senior Associate
Julia leads advocacy efforts and programs to make healthy food more accessible and affordable, including the New Orleans Fresh Food Retailer Initiative, Voices for Healthy Kids and PA Food Bucks (FINI). Fun fact: Her married name is Julia Child.
Miriam Manon, Senior Associate
Miriam works with business, government and community leaders across the country to advance policies and projects that bring healthier food choices to underserved communities. Miriam has her master's degree in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Fels School of Government. When not at work, Miriam can be found cooking her way through her CSA share, practicing yoga or dancing in her living room with her daughter, Noa.
Risa Waldoks, Project Coordinator
Risa works with partners around the country to ensure that all communities have access to healthy food. She supports advocacy efforts, implements the Healthy Food for Ohio program, and is engaged in comprehensive food access work in Cleveland. Fun Fact: Risa volunteers with Philly Farm Crew and Camp Sojourner Girls Leadership Camp.
Nija Rivera, PA Food Bucks Coordinator
Nija is working to implement The Food Trust's Food Bucks program throughout Pennsylvania. Fun Fact: Nija is a part of a dance troupe that performed a flash mob at Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum.
Judy Robbins, Project Associate
Judy assists in supporting healthy food financing work across the country and implements the Healthy Food for Ohio Program. She has a degree in public policy, and her hobbies include exploring Philadelphia through food and reading too many books at once.