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Caitlin Fisher

Caitlin joined the Center for a Livable Future in 2013 as the Data Specialist for the Maryland Food System Map Project. Prior to this position she received her master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health Program in Health Education and Health Behavior. Caitlin is excited to apply her recent education and research background in nutrition and food systems to this innovative project.

Caitlin’s interest in health and nutrition reaches back to as far as she can remember but grew stronger as she majored in Dietetics at Michigan State University as an undergraduate and worked on a research project examining the school food environment in low-income Michigan middle schools. She was discouraged by the foods youth were offered in schools but also excited at the possibility of being a part of a change toward something better. This research sparked her interest in food systems and local agriculture specifically surrounding efforts that connected local farmers to institutional markets such as the Farm to School program.

During her graduate studies, Caitlin continued to develop an understanding of food systems as an intern with the Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University. She had the opportunity to analyze and assess Michigan farmers’ perspectives on selling to institutional markets, including both their challenges and motivations to do so. Through this work Caitlin realized how important it is to really understand and address the barriers and challenges for each player in the food system in order to make long-lasting change.



Caitlin Fisher

Caitlin Fisher
Data Specialist,
Maryland Food System Map Project

“I'm excited to explore and learn more about the city of Baltimore and the food systems of the Mid-Atlantic region and to be living in a city that’s passionate about their sports teams. But, as an avid Detroit fan, I'll continue to root on my home teams from afar. Go Tigers!”

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