Our Unique Approach

Leadership

Kim Zeuli, Founder and Managing Director, established the Feeding Cities Group in 2019 to fully realize the vision for resilient urban food systems she set in motion while serving as the Senior Vice President at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). Kim holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics and has extensive experience as a researcher and consultant working on food system issues in the U.S. and globally. She has worked in and with corporations, government agencies, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations.

Praxis: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice

Our team integrates theory with policy and practice to help clients solve complex problems in their communities. We start our work by understanding the policy landscape. Kim Zeuli, who holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, and has extensive academic, consulting and advisory experience working at the intersection of food systems and urban issues, leads our team.

Context Specific

All of our work is place-based. Our approach begins and ends by understanding the unique characteristics of the food system in a given place. Where food is purchased, how it is distributed and what is grown locally differs greatly by city—even cities within the same region. We analyze how organizations and place interact in the food system and the impact on economic growth.

Organization and Systems Perspective

All of our work is steeped in a deep understanding of the complex food system, the interrelated systems that allow it to function (transportation, water, electricity, etc.) and the different organizations within the food system. We work closely with both private and public sectors and bring extensive experience consulting with organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to large corporates and institutions.

Equity Lens

Forged at ICIC, our approach reflects the organization’s deep experience working in distressed urban areas, a strong sense of equity, social justice, and the realities of vulnerable populations in urban areas. We also have experience working in distressed rural areas and with marginalized populations in the food system, including women farmers.

Our Work Covers the Entire Food System

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