Erika Lesser

Development Director

Erika brings to The Sylvia Center over fifteen years of experience working in food, nonprofits and business development, including a decade working for the international non-profit Slow Food. While Executive Director of Slow Food USA, she developed national programs to defend biological and cultural food diversity; promote food education; and strengthen connections between farmers and consumers. More recently, she created and taught a food culture course for nutrition majors at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She also developed food education programs and new food enterprises with Urbane Development, a community development consultancy that works in underserved communities throughout the US. Erika earned a MA in Food Studies from New York University and a BA in Italian Studies and Art History from Brown University.

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