The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center is pleased to announce and welcome Iliana Garcia, MPH, as the Center’s new Deputy Director. Ms. Garcia will be working closely with stakeholders across the New York City food system to develop intersectoral, innovative and evidence-based solutions to prevent diet-related diseases and promote food security in New York City and other urban centers. She will continue the Center’s work with policy makers, community organizations, advocates and the public to create healthier, more sustainable food environments and to use food to promote community and economic development.
Ms. Garcia received her Master of Public Health degree from the CUNY School of Public Health. She began her career in public health research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine specializing in the dissemination of evidence-based public health programs and strategies. Ms. Garcia is passionate about leveraging the food system to promote population health and has managed food access initiatives in hospital and community settings. Prior to joining the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, she worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she managed the strategic planning and implementation of the nation’s first pediatric Food Pharmacy Program. Additionally, Ms Garcia worked at GrowNYC’s Greenmarket as the Healthy Exchange Program Manager where she oversaw operations to accept nutrition benefit programs at the markets.
The Center’s former Deputy Director, Alexina Cather, MPH, has accepted a position at the James Beard Foundation, as the Director of Policy Advocacy and Sustainability. We wish her the best of luck in her new position and are incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to work with her for all these years.