Focus Areas: Obesity & The Food System
Emily joined Urban Harvest as the first Program Evaluations and Research staff member. Her role was to develop program evaluation frameworks and outcomes and to contextualize the need for the organization’s work and the impacts Urban Harvest was making. Currently, Emily is the Urban Harvest’s Program and Development Manager, leveraging her ongoing research, GIS map work, and survey design skills to lead all aspects of foundation-based fundraising for Urban Harvest's programs: Community Gardens, Farmers Markets, and Education.
Urban Harvest is a Houston-based nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate thriving communities through gardening and access to healthy, local food. In 1994, the organization was founded on the belief that people can feed and revitalize their communities by growing healthy food. This core belief led to the creation of community gardens that address important issues like hunger, nutrition, economic development, and ecological land management. Today, Urban Harvest nurtures over 140 community gardens, reaches more than 9,500 youth with organic gardening and nutrition education, and supports 110 farms and small businesses through three farmers markets. With over 25 years of leadership in their local food system, Urban Harvest is enriching the lives, soils, and plates of Houstonians.