Before working with UMass Dining, Chris was an outreach coordinator for the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success. He also served as the student advisor for the “Men of Color United” student group on campus as a part of the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Board.
Chris notes that the most rewarding aspect of his current job with UMass Dining Sustainability is “seeing how much students, as well as myself, learn about eating healthy, local, and sustainable food.” While the University is constantly working toward expanding its local food purchasing and has pledged to participate in the Real Food Challenge, Chris hopes to see UMass Dining not only meet but exceed its current goal of purchasing 20% local “real” food by the year 2020.
Phoebe Gelbard is a sophomore International Development major with minors in Natural Resources Conservation and Education. She is from Williamsburg, Massachusetts and has grown up in the Pioneer Valley for all twenty years of her life.
She is passionate about the plants and animals with which we share our home, and she spends her summers teaching elementary and middle school students about the geology and bio-cultural history of the forests, fields, and rivers of Western MA.