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Sarah Brannen, Associate Director, Programs


Sarah Brannen coordinates program planning, evaluation, and the development of collaborative marketing for LEP and the Farm Hub. Previously, Sarah was a senior policy analyst at the New York City Council, where she advised the speaker on economic development and food policy issues. While there, she researched, designed, and launched the widely-recognized FoodWorks initiative to improve economic, health, and environmental outcomes in the New York City food system. As a result, the city passed legislation to encourage more procurement of regional food, reduce packaging on goods purchased by the city, publish an annual report on food system metrics and encourage local food processing, improved food distribution, and urban agriculture.

While at the Council, Sarah also helped launch a kitchen incubator at La Marqueta in East Harlem and successfully lobbied the Mayor’s Office to begin a system of expedited inspections for new businesses, now called the New Business Acceleration Team. She received a BA from Barnard College and her MPP from Johns Hopkins University.

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