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John Fisk

Henry A. Wallace Center, Winrock International, Director

Arlington, Virginia

John Fisk, PhD, is the Director of the Wallace Center at Winrock International. The Henry A. Wallace Center works across the nation to increase the sustainability of our food and farming system. The Center’s current work focuses on developing models, knowledge, and technical assistance that support the creation of food and farming enterprises that provide healthy food, grown in a manner that protects the environment and offers a viable return to farmers. The Wallace Center for Sustainable Agriculture is part of Winrock International, a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment.

As Director, John has focused the Wallace Center on developing market-based solutions that link a larger number of people and communities to “good food” – food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable. In addition, he is the project lead on the Healthy Food Urban Enterprise Development Center, a granting and technical assistance program to address food access issues through enterprise development. John is a founding Board Member of Food Routes Network which manages the national Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign. Prior to joining the Wallace Center, John was an independent consultant providing food systems consulting and leadership to several Michigan-based organizations including the Michigan Food and Farming Systems and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

John is also very active in Michigan Integrated Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS): a state-wide non-profit organization working to improve the food and farming systems of Michigan–economically, environmentally and socially. One key project is stimulating the purchase of locally and sustainably grown food by Michiganders, a collaborative project with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and some smaller NGOs. A second project works to redirect existing infrastructure and resources that are held in the public domain (university, agencies, etc.) to assist farmers and food entrepreneurs to move away from solely commodity production to create food-based businesses that bring more of the food dollar to farmers and more local and healthy products to consumers.

Selected Publications

With colleagues at Changing Tastes and the Wallace Center at Winrock Internetional, John and Fellow Cynthia Pansing published three related resources on the North American Food Sector: Program Scan and Literature ReviewRoadmap for City Food Sector Innovation and Investment, and Roadmap Investment Evaluation Tool in July 2013. The publications accompanied a webinar on the same topic.

Updated August 2013.