Our Current Network Structure

Network Structure

Backbone Team

The Backbone Team is responsible for coordinating the daily network operations, including budget management, meeting facilitation and fundraising. Additionally, the Backbone Team convenes meetings and workshops and conducts research to inform network activities and monitor progress. The Backbone Team also facilitates communication and learning across the network to advance the Food Alliance's shared goals. Read the bios of our Backbone Team here!

    • Erin Hale, Network and Research Coordinator
    • Jennifer Wilhelm, Network and Research Coordinator
    • Samantha Cave, Communications Coordinator
    • Tom Kelly, Chief Sustainability Officer and Founding Director of the Sustainability Institute (UNHSI)


Network Leadership Team

The Network Leadership Team is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the Food Alliance, and helping to ensure actions undertaken by the network are consistent with overall goals. The Backbone Team members also serve on this team. Read the bios of our Network Leadership Team members to learn more about their work!


Action Teams

Action Teams will coordinate implementation of priority actions identified by the Viability Working Group in each of five areas: Market Development, Food Access, Land Resources, Fisheries, and Education. For more information about Action Teams, including a list of co-chairs, current projects, and how to get involved, visit our Action Teams page.


Policy Team

The Food Alliance network decided to create a policy team in late 2018. Our Policy Team is moving forward to assess the current landscape of food policy in New Hampshire, and research and draft updated policy recommendations. Additionally, we have begun tracking current bills related to food and agriculture, and will post bi-weekly updates on our website. By this summer, we will have policy tracking software on our website, which will automatically update the bills we track!

If you would like to learn more about our policy work or get involved, please email Jennifer Wilhelm.


New England Community of Practice

The Food Alliance is part of the New England Food System Community of Practice (NECoP), a collaborative group working together to explore the ways in which each state can implement a strong food system network while also supporting the food systems work of other New England states. Representatives from groups in all six New England states meet via video call regularly and also participate in periodic in-person retreats to discuss current projects. Other members of the NECoP include: Food Solutions New Englandthe Connecticut Food System Alliancethe Maine Food Strategythe Massachusetts Food System Collaborativethe Rhode Island Food Policy Council, and the Vermont Farm to Plate Network.


Food Solutions New England

We are also a partner with Food Solutions New England, a regional network committed to lifting up efforts for a food system that works for all. Food Solutions New England works with partners from all New England states, and relied on this collaboration to release "A New England Food Vision". This vision calls for the region to build the capacity to produce 50% of our food by 2060 while supporting sustainable farming practicies and communities.

Our Teams