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Kira Bennett Hamilton, Client Services Fellow
kbennetthamilton AT thecarrotproject.org 617.674.2371, ext. 9
Kira Bennett Hamilton coordinates client services for The Carrot Project. She studied food culture and communications at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, in Italy, and has a BA in philosophy from the University of Chicago. Kira has worked to promote sustainable farming and combat hunger and food waste through work with farmers' cooperatives, food banks, and nonprofits in the Midwest and Northern California. She has a background in publishing and writes about food justice and feminism.
Genevieve Goldleaf, Development and Communications Coordinator
ggoldleaf AT thecarrotproject.org 617.674.2371, ext. 3
Genevieve Goldleaf coordinates outreach and communications, contributes to development, and provides administrative support. Genevieve found her passion for food justice advocacy, sustainable agriculture, and local food through managing the sustainable student farm at Wellesley College, where she earned a B.A. concentrated on agricultural policy and practice. Since then, she has mapped Boston’s local food systems and helped to launch Boston’s first municipal composting program as an Assistant for Food Systems with the City of Boston’s Office of Food Initiatives; provided technical assistance to several of the Carrot Project’s clients as Program Assistant for Julia Shanks Food Consulting; and worked with a range of farm-related entrepreneurs and nonprofits, including Local Orbit and NOFA/Mass.
Dorothy Suput, Founder and Executive Director
dsuput AT thecarrotproject.org 617.674.2371, ext. 5
Dorothy Suput is the founder and executive director of The Carrot Project. Dorothy’s commitment to a sustainable food system grew out of the incredible contrasts between Midwestern agriculture, with which she grew up, and the locally focused food and farming system in Switzerland, where she lived after graduating with a BS from Purdue University. Dorothy formalized her commitment when she returned to the U.S. to complete her Master’s degree, from Tufts University’s Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning program, by focusing on sustainable agriculture and non-profit management. Following graduate school, she worked as the first regional organizer on the 1995 Farm Bill for the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group under the auspices of the Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, and subsequently, as a consultant for the Hartford Food System, Red Tomato, and The Food Project. Dorothy serves on the Board of Managers for the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Flexible Capital Fund and the Advisory Committee for the PVGrows Investment Fund.
Valerie Viale, Boston Urban Agriculture Training Coordinator
vviale AT thecarrotproject.org 617.674.2371, ext. 8
Valerie coordinates the development and delivery of a pilot training program that provides start-up and early stage urban farms and food processors with business savvy to meet their financial goals and maintain viable business models. Through her travel in various countries she has learned how sustainable models of agriculture can positively affect the vitality of a given region. Her previous experience with nonprofits includes work with faith-based institutions in Boston and Los Angeles, and the Veteran community in Los Angeles. Valerie brings her passion for social justice issues to The Carrot Project in order to use agriculture as a catalyst for positive, innovative social change. Valerie holds a Master of Divinity from Boston University, a Master of Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law, a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School, and soon, a Master of Urban Affairs from Boston University.
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