Natilee McGruder is the Director of the River Region Food Policy Council, which supports common-sense policies that ensure that our food sources in Central Alabama are SHAREd: Sustainable, Healthy, Affordable, Responsible and Equitably available. She also serves as founder of McGruder Solutions a consulting firm that provides training in many areas including diversity, conflict resolution, leadership development and strategic planning.
Natilee is passionate about issues of poverty, education, food and environmental justice, conflict resolution, prison reform and actively working towards peace and civic engagement. During law school she worked as a mediator in Tuscaloosa Family Court, assisted in setting up several non-profits in Alabama and studied comparative law in Australia and Switzerland. She has lived in several places, including Ghana and Mexico and she most enjoys traveling, live music, reading and cooking.
She currently serves on the EAT South Board and volunteers as a member the Alabama Food Policy Council, the Growing Food Justice For All Initiative’s Policy Working Group, the Alabama Sustainable Agricultural Network (ASAN), the Diversity Committee of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and the Alabama Rivers Alliance.
Natilee earned a B.A. in Spanish from Howard University, a J.D. with a Public Interest Certificate from the University of Alabama and a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies from the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney in Australia.