Laura Goddeeris, AICP, is a specialist with the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS), where she has worked since 2008. At CRFS, she coordinates outreach engaging national organizations in improving food systems and community environments, linking ground-level efforts and national stakeholders to inform policy and systems change. She is particularly focused on exploring opportunities for local governments to support regional food systems that advance equity and resiliency. In this arena, she generates data and resources in addition to consulting with and convening government and planning stakeholders. She has organized and presented at international, national, state and local events in support of these activities.
Laura’s broad background includes more than 10 years of experience in research, outreach, and program administration around issues of economic development, community and social equity, and transportation planning, much of it within the context of food systems. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science from Michigan State University, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is a graduate of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy Emerging Leaders Program.