Charis Smith

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Program Manager, Carbon Farming

Charis serves as Coordinator and Program Manager for both the Center and the Sustainable Food Supply Chain Innovation Network, where she facilitates operations, research, special events, and stakeholder engagement.

Previous to Green America, Charis served as Sustainability Coordinator and Partnership Manager for the corporate office of a growing organic grocery chain based in the Mid-Atlantic region before moving to her home state of Ohio. She specializes in benchmarking sustainability, sustainability reporting, training, and communications.

Charis has a passion for sustainability and social justice, particularly as it relates to food. While living in Maryland, Charis was nominated and elected as Councilmember for the Montgomery County Food Council in Maryland, where she served as the co-chair of the Food Economy Working Group. Through her volunteer work, she is exploring opportunities to sustainably grow the local food economy and increase food literacy and access throughout Northeast Ohio with the Summit County Food Coalition and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition.

Charis holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and B.A. in Political Science from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, OH.