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Kimberly Acosta

Food Policy Analyst, City of New Haven, CT

Kimberly Acosta joined the City of New Haven’s Food System Policy Division as a Food Policy Analyst in November 2020. She manages the inclusive, community-led process to create New Haven's first Urban Agriculture Master Plan. The Plan will ultimately ensure equitable access to land and opportunities, so that all communities are able to fully experience the economic, social, health, and environmental benefits of urban agriculture.

Prior to this role, she was the Food System Administrator for the Division from January - November 2020. From 2017-19, she was an AmeriCorps VISTA for the CT Food Justice Project. From 2017-18, she worked at New Haven Farms (now Gather New Haven) as the Farm-Based Wellness Program Assistant and Community Health Ambassador Program Manager. From 2018-19, she worked at CTCORE-Organize Now! as the Food Justice Network Coordinator. In 2016, she graduated from the University of New Haven with a B.A. in Psychology, with a concentration in community/clinical. Her experiences as a lifelong New Haven resident partially drives her passion for centering equity and justice in all of her work.