What We Do
The New York City Food Policy Center develops intersectoral, innovative and evidence-based solutions to preventing diet-related diseases and promoting food security in New York and other cities. The Center works with policy makers, community organizations, advocates and the public to create healthier, more sustainable food environments and to use food to promote community and economic development. Through interdisciplinary research, policy analysis, evaluation and education, we leverage the expertise and passion of the students, faculty and staff of Hunter College and CUNY. The Center aims to make New York a model for smart, fair food policy.
Who we are
|Nicholas Freudenberg, DrPH, Faculty Director
Nicholas Freudenberg is a Distinguished Professor of Public Health at Hunter College and the CUNY School of Public Health. His current work focuses on municipal policy responses to child obesity in various cities around the world including New York, London, Cape Town and Lisbon.
|Janet Poppendieck, PhD, Policy Director
Janet Poppendieck is a Professor Emerita in Sociology at Hunter College. Her primary concerns, as a scholar and activist, are poverty, hunger, and food assistance in the United States. She has written award-winning books on school food, food assistance and hunger and assists several national and local organizations on food policy.
|Charles Platkin, PhD, JD, MPH, Editor, Food Policy Watch
Charles Platkin is a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College and the CUNY School of Public Health. He is also a nationally syndicated health columnist. His primary work focuses on nutrition communication and social marketing.
| Diana Johnson, MA, Director of Community Projects
Diana has experience developing, implementing and evaluating health promotion programs in the community.She has worked extensively in elementary schools to promote evidence-based nutrition education particularly in the South Bronx. She holds a Masters of Arts in Health Education and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.
|Ashley Rafalow, Operations & Communications Coordinator
Building upon a background in advertising and marketing communications, Ashley has worked at Greenmarket, Foodlink, and Just Food. She is a Master’s of Public Health candidate at the CUNY School of Public Health.
|Michele Silver, MS, Research Associate
Michele has worked on obesity prevention, community health, health equity, and economic development in California’s Bay Area and New York City. She holds a Masters of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management and is a Doctor of Public Health candidate at the CUNY School of Public Health.
The New York City Food Policy Center is supported by CUNY School of Public Health and Hunter College students, faculty, and staff.
New York City Food Policy Center
CUNY School of Public Health
2180 Third Avenue Ste 525
New York, NY 10035