Our Backbone Support Team
As a collective impact nonprofit organization, Green Umbrella provides staff to offer backbone support to our Food Policy Council.
Maddie convenes partners across the Greater Cincinnati Region to share information and collaborate on advocacy and program work as members of the Food Policy Council. Maddie leverages data, communications, and funding to direct and monitor our collective impact toward the vision of a resilient regional food system. She brings over a decade of domestic and international experience as an educator, researcher, and nonprofit team member to her work, along with a PhD in Anthropology from Indiana University Bloomington, with a focus on food, the environment, and culture.
Qeiara’s journey blends a love for human connection, justice, and tech. After studying journalism at Bennett College and working as a journalist on the East Coast, Qeiara’s curiosity for the world led them to spend six transformative years teaching English as a Second Language in Thailand and China. Their unique experiences navigating Asia as a queer, Black person increased their desire to bridge cultures, perspectives and tackle global challenges. Qeiara has over a decade of experience engaging communities and facilitating connections in nonprofit organizations working in behavioral health, youth advocacy, and housing justice.
Farm to School Coordinator
Kristine acts as a point person of Farm to School resources for regional school lunch programs. Her experience with local food broadly ranges from growing, to education, to community building while working for Sidestreams Foundation. Most recently she worked on local crop planning and procurement at Local Food Connection. The local food movement unites Kristine passions for environmentalism with her roots of being raised in rural Brown County, OH. She has a BA in Communication Management from the University of Dayton.