Kathryn Savoie named coordinator of Healthier Future Project

Kathryn Savoie, a veteran community organizer and leader of a number of major health, human rights and environmental campaigns in the Detroit area over the past 20 years, joined the Ecology Center this spring as coordinator of the Healthier Future Project.

In that role, Savoie will help the Ecology Center’s Healthy Food in Health Care initiative expand its impact in Detroit, and will focus on working with the health-care sector to increase access to safe, healthy, affordable foods in the city.

“Through her long-standing connections in the city, and the respect and admiration she’s earned throughout the region, Kathryn will really help us make a difference in the Detroit area,” according to Michael Garfield, director of the Ecology Center. “We are lucky to be able to recruit someone will her skills, experience and connections to expand on the great work we’ve accomplished with the Healthy Food in Health Care project over the past several years.”

From 1994 to 2008, Savoie was the environmental program director at ACCESS (the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) in Dearborn, where she developed research and advocacy campaigns around issues of environmental health and environmental justice.

Earlier in her career, Savoie was executive director of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights and program director for the Detroit Central American Solidarity Committee.

More recently, she also served as development director of the Detroit Waldorf School. She is a board member of numerous groups, including the East Michigan Environmental Action Council, and was a founding board member of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice.

Savoie earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Michigan, after receiving her bachelor’s degree with high honors at Virginia Tech, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

She also has completed several certification programs, including the Climate Project training program taught directly by former vice president Al Gore.

 

EcoLink — June 2012 Ecolink
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