Michelle A. T. Hughes

Michelle A. T. Hughes

Michelle is a former large-scale hog farmer from New Haven, Connecticut with lived experience navigating systemic inequity and an educational background in food and agriculture policy reform. Before she became a full-time employee with Young Farmers as Federal Policy Associate, Michelle was working directly with the Coalition’s founder and former executive director as an executive assistant after serving as a fellow on the grassroots team in the summer of 2017. At the time, Michelle was finishing up a graduate program at New York University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. Prior to her graduate studies, Michelle worked in swine reproduction at the University of Pennsylvania, with both non-profit and food and agriculture start-ups in NYC and the Hudson Valley, and served on a program evaluation team for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Food Policy.

At the Coalition, Michelle has worked on the equity and organizational change team since January 2020. Over the course of 2020, Michelle helped align our organization-wide efforts to institutionalize racial equity by implementing a strategy for organizational transformation. Michelle now works with executive leadership as Equity and Organizational Change Director to develop short- and long-term strategy to continue our anti-racist transformation, regularly evaluate and uphold accountability measures with staff, and develop practical tools and financial resources to support the organization’s racial equity goals. To learn more about the origins of Michelle’s role, see our “Young Farmers Racial Equity Transformation” blog post. For more specifics on specific program updates, please visit our “Young Farmers for Racial Equity” landing page.

If you have identified any gaps in our work to advance racial justice, or would like to talk to Michelle about a negative experience you had with the Coalition, please feel free to start a dialogue with Michelle directly. Michelle also offers consultation on our racial equity transformation for organizations at every stage of their journey to become anti-racist. Feel free to reach out to Michelle directly for more information and details on pricing. Email: hughes@youngfarmers.org.

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