Siena Chrisman is a writer, researcher, and advocate focused on food and farm policy. Her writing has appeared in Modern Farmer, Civil Eats, Edible Brooklyn, and others. As a research and editorial consultant, she has surveyed state livestock policy, explored niche meat markets and regional produce aggregation options, analyzed the food stamp program, and edited a book on the environmental benefits of green roofs for clients including Real Food Challenge and Just Food. In eight years at the national nonprofit WhyHunger, Siena was blog editor, managing director of a USDA-funded online food systems information hub, and supported communities around the country working to change their food systems both from the ground up and through policy advocacy. She was part of the founding team of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance, and played a key role in bringing the voices of disenfranchised producers and consumers into historic hearings on agricultural antitrust issues held by the US Departments of Agriculture and Justice in 2010. Prior to WhyHunger, Siena worked as a nonprofit communications specialist, and lived in Italy for two years, teaching English and learning about Italian food culture. Siena holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College. She grew up in a rural western Massachusetts hilltown, and has lived, gardened, and cooked in Brooklyn, New York, since 2003.
You can reach Siena by email at sienachrisman at gmail dot com.