Meet the Executive Director

Yael Lehmann at Reading Terminal Market, October 2015

Yael Lehmann serves as Executive Director of The Food Trust, which strives to make healthy food available to all. The Food Trust’s work has been recognized by former First Lady Michelle Obama and described by Time Magazine as being a “remarkable success” for increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in schools and reducing the number of students becoming overweight by 50%. The Food Trust and its partners Reinvestment Fund, Congressman Dwight Evans and others created a first-of its-kind healthy food retail initiative that was named a top innovation in American Government by Harvard University and has now been replicated throughout the United States. The Food Trust has been the recipient of many national and local awards; the organization was named one of the top two “high-impact” nonprofits in America working in field of health and childhood nutrition by Philanthropedia.

Yael is a frequent speaker on food access issues nationally. She has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times and Washington Post, and has been interviewed on PBS NewsHour,, CNN, and Good Morning America among other media outlets. Yael was named “One of the Smartest People in Philadelphia” by Philadelphia Magazine and has received several leadership awards including the Urban Leadership Award from the Penn Institute for Urban Research. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. Yael received additional executive education in nonprofit management at Harvard Business School. She is also a Fellow of the third class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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