JEN DALTON, Founder & Principal

Jen’s expertise is in communications. She has a fine-tuned ability to organize people and events towards a similar vision. She is a co-creator and facilitates collaborative, collective impact efforts. Recent work includes Program management and campaign development and implementation for Friends of the Earth and their climate-friendly food service advocacy. Prior to that she worked in food systems and community impact for North Coast Opportunities in Mendocino and Lake Counties. She is on the Mendocino County Food Policy Council and served as a representative to the California State Policy Council of Councils.

She was the co-founder and facilitator of Kitchen Table Talks, a community forum for conversations regarding the creation of a sustainable and just food system; and formerly the Local Eats Editor of Civil Eats, a blog that promotes critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems as part of building economically and socially just communities. Jen also worked as the Program Director for 2008’s internationally acclaimed Slow Food Nation event where she directed the creation of 45 dinners, 24 Taste Workshops, 12 lectures, 8 farm tours, 6 hikes, 1 rock concert and a host of other programs enjoyed by over 85,000 people.

Having worked in food and politics for the majority of her professional life, Jen is committed to projects that communicate the connections between the food we eat and the overall health of our environment, be it personal or global.

She also has a past in the media. In the summer of 2009, she created and starred in a series of cooking shows promoting’s summer farmers market contest. Previous to her brief stint as a cooking show host, Jen worked as a food magazine and cookbook editor (for Veggie Life and Weldon Owen Publishing, respectively) and as a copywriter and communications strategist for national and local brands. Her creative work for two small San Francisco consulting firms, one political, the other for restaurants, inspired her entrepreneurial acumen. Jen earned a B.A. from Indiana University in Bloomington, studied Permaculture at the Occidental Art and Ecology Center and has taken numerous cooking classes at both Tante Marie and the California Culinary Academy. She loves to get her hands dirty in the garden. She has a special fondness for a few weeks spent WOOFing in Nuhaka, New Zealand amongst the best strawberries ever.