The Feeding Cities Group was established as a social enterprise to help cities develop effective plans and prioritize interventions to make their food systems resilient to disasters. We are a boutique consulting company wrapped in a game-changing think tank. Our approach reflects the organization’s deep experience working in distressed urban areas, a strong sense of equity and social justice, and the realities of vulnerable populations in urban areas.
The Feeding Cities Group is a certified woman-owned LLC based in Madison, Wisconsin.
Founder and Managing Director
Kim established The Feeding Cities Group to fully realize her vision for resilient urban food systems.
“Hurricane Katrina’s destruction in New Orleans in 2005 made me question whether cities were prepared to feed their residents in the face of a triple threat—rising urban poverty and food insecurity, ‘just-in-time’ hyper efficient food chains, and catastrophic disasters. I was shocked to learn that cities have a blind spot with respect to their food system vulnerability.”
The Feeding Cities Group is guided by Kim’s unique expertise. She holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and has extensive experience researching food systems from production through consumption.
Kim is also respected nationally for her work on economic development, focusing on urban inequality. This expansive career means Kim has partnered with all sectors, from large corporations, government agencies, and philanthropies, to small, local non-profit organizations and businesses.
Barbara brings a wealth of food system and public health knowledge and practical experience to her roles senior advisor on strategic initiatives.
She recently retired as Manager of the Toronto Food Strategy, is an active member of the global Working Group on Urban Food Systems, and supports several global food system networks including RUAF, C40, GAIN and ICLEI.
Nathan ensures our research and analysis meets academic standards, leveraging 20 years of experience in research design, survey research, epidemiology, and program evaluation.
Dr. Jones has been senior project director at the University of Wisconsin Survey Center since 2012 concentrating on international surveys, health research, complex analysis, and data management. Dr. Jones holds a PhD in demography from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA/MA in sociology from Emory University.
Alisa provides invaluable insights into local government dynamics and helps us design effective implementation and accountability plans for cities. She has over 20 years of experience in urban planning, real estate, and economic development.
She has worked as manager of the economic development department at the City of Vancouver, Washington, is founder and President of Bridge Economic Development, a consulting firm that works with cities, counties, and regional organizations to deliver economic development strategies, and is an Adjunct Professor at the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University.
Alisa holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, and graduate degree in Urban Planning from University of Kansas.