Michelle Moskowitz Brown
Michelle is the Executive Director of Local Matters, where she focuses on food as a vehicle for personal change and community development. In her tenure, she has been a lead partner in the creation of the Columbus & Franklin County Local Food Action Plan to support a healthy, strong, and resilient local food system. She has grown Local Matters as an organization, including developing new headquarters with a community kitchen and doubling the organization's impact. Michelle started working with Local Matters in 2011, after moving to Columbus from her hometown of Brooklyn, NY. For the fifteen years prior, she led not-for-profit organizations and built expertise in programs, finance, and planning through her work in New York at Dancing in the Streets, BRICstudio, and the Foundation for Jewish Culture. Michelle holds a B.A. in Dance Anthropology from Antioch College, and she studied Urban Planning at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Her passion for change in the food system is fueled by her childhood experience of food insecurity, and the loss of her brother to colon cancer when he was in his twenties.