Prior to joining Local Food Hub, Alyssa Viars worked for several non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses with the goal of supporting farmers and increasing access to healthy foods. While at the Wallace Center, she supported re-granting programs to benefit farmers and farmer groups across the country (including Local Food Hub!). At Relay Foods, she was an integral part of the procurement team, leading produce buying from both local and national vendors. She also interned with the Food Trust’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative where she strategized ways to bring healthy food to corner stores in Philadelphia. Alyssa joined Local Food Hub in 2016 to support procurement efforts, with a particular focus on building and maintaining relationships with a diverse group of growers. Alyssa holds a B.A. in International Affairs from James Madison University and an M.A. in Global Environmental Policy from American University.