Kathy Lawrence

Program Director
School Food FOCUS

Kathy Lawrence has worked for twenty years in sustainable agriculture, local food systems development,and non-profit management. She is Program Director of School Food FOCUS, a national collaborative that leverages the knowledge and procurement power of large school districts to make school meals across the country more healthful, regionally sourced and sustainably produced. FOCUS aims to transform food systems to support students’ academic achievement and lifelong health, while directly benefiting farmers, regional economies, and the environment. Before serving as Executive Director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, Kathy directed Just Food, the New York City-based non-profit organization she founded in 1995. Prior to that she coordinated outreach and education for the New York and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups (SAWGs) and engaged in multi-sector citizen advocacy at the United Nations. In addition to food justice work, Kathy’s passions include singing in the a cappella jazz quartet Polka Dots & Moonbeams, tending her perennial flower gardens, practicing holistic psychotherapy and teaching Mandarin Chinese.