Overall Leadership Award Finalist
Vote for any of the finalist below that you feel exemplify overall leadership throughout food, beverage, and their contribution to the farming community. Dedication, passion, overcoming challenges and innovative partnerships are all things that define the nominee for this category. VOTE HERE
Dena Leibman, Executive Director, Future Harvest CASA
Dena has grown Future Harvest CASA into a rich resource for sustainable agriculture in the DMV, as well as creating, funding and growing one of the most competitive and sought after programs for beginning farmers in the area. She also started the annual Foodshed Feast charity dinner, which brings the areas top chefs together with local farmers, so that attendees can understand just how amazing these partnerships are, and how all restaurants should be sourcing locally and getting to know their farmers.
Lindsay Smith, Regional Food Systems Value Food Chain Coordinator, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Lindsay has done incredible work bringing together individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and funders on issues from food access to food waste to the regional food system. She consistently finds ways to promote the work of others in the field and identifies the right connections for those of us working this field to move our work forward. Lindsay acts as a mentor and instigator for so many people working in food in DC, she's a behind-the-scenes (and sometimes in front of the scenes) leader.
Sydney Daigle, Prince George's Food Equity Council
Sydney leads the Prince George's FEC and works to organize policymakers, food lovers, farmers, gardeners, chefs, and entrepreneurs around building a just and healthy food economy in Prince George's County. She also serves at the Co-Chair for the Prince George's Health Care Action Healthy Eating and Active Living Workgroup. Her list of accomplishments include helping to pass urban agriculture legislation, food truck hub legislation, streamlined permitting and less fees for farmers markets and their vendors and restored funding for the County's SNAP to Health initiative.