Lindsey Scalera is the Sustainable Food Program Director for the Ecology Center Sustainable Food Healthy Communities Program. In this role, she serves as a Regional Organizer for Health Care Without Harm's Health Food in Health Care program and serves as an Ambassador to Healthcare for the Michigan Farm to Institution Network and our local food purchasing campaign, Cultivate Michigan. Lindsey works closely with partners throughout the state and nationally to cultivate opportunities for the healthcare sector and community food systems to collaboratively address food insecurity and healthier food environments.
While earning her Master's Degree in Social Foundations of Education, specializing in EcoJustice Education from Eastern Michigan University, she worked with the Southeast Michigan Stewardship (SEMIS) Coalition facilitating ecojustice and place-based education partnerships among schools, teacher educators, and community partners. Lindsey got her start in food systems work as co-founder and coordinator of the Giving Garden at EMU in 2009, followed by helping to launch the Michigan Young Farmer Coalition in 2010.
She comes to the Ecology Center from her former position with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition as Grassroots Organizer for Michigan Voices for Good Food Policy campaign, where she connected Michigan farmers and other food system allies with opportunities to shape federal farm and food policies that affect them most. She served as secretary for the Washtenaw County Food Policy Council during its inaugural year. Lindsey is a member of Board of Directors for the Michigan Farmers Market Association.