Our Team

 Erin Sullivan White  Principal, Founder  email: white(at)communityfoodlab.org

Erin Sullivan White

Principal, Founder

email: white(at)communityfoodlab.org

A native of North Carolina, Erin White is a designer, entrepreneur, and teacher working for healthy food systems. Characteristic of his collaborative nature and his belief that diverse ideas lead to resilient solutions, Erin built this creative practice as a hybrid model in the intersection between design, consulting, and social entrepreneurship to allow free exploration into what it means to design for the human-centered territory of food systems. 

He has degrees from North Carolina State University and Bowdoin College, five years experience as a chef and line cook, one summer’s work as an on-site farm manager, two years work as a statistician with the NC Central Cancer Registry, three years experience as a framing carpenter, four and a half years of architectural practice with Boston's utile Architecture and Planning and Frank Harmon Architect of Raleigh NC, and extensive travels throughout the US and abroad. 

He is a founding member and interim Chair of the Capital Area Food Network, and a board member of Advocates for Health in Action. 


 Emily Edmonds  Lead Consultant  email: emily(at)communityfoodlab.org

Emily Edmonds

Lead Consultant

email: emily(at)communityfoodlab.org

Emily Edmonds, MPA, has over a decade of experience in local and regional food systems, rural economic development, small business development, and project management in a variety of public & private fields. She received her MPA as a Public Service Leader Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her research focused on rural development & innovative technologies. A former small business owner and local government employee, she emphasizes bringing a cross-sector, multi-disciplinary approach to the challenges facing communities in North Carolina. 

Emily currently serves as a Lead Consultant with Community Food Lab and as the Local Government Outreach Associate with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. Emily loves working within systems to build equitable solutions to public problems, and thrives on building relationships through challenging work across the Southeastern U.S. She enjoys travel, reading, cooking, writing, hiking, and spending as much time as possible with her beautiful daughter.


 Jennifer Truman  Event and Media Coordinator  email: truman(at)communityfoodlab.org

Jennifer Truman

Event and Media Coordinator

email: truman(at)communityfoodlab.org

Jennifer has a passion for the design of places for people. Along with this desire to serve people, she brings to Community Food Lab a host of skills she’s acquired from her varied education and work experience. Engineering school made her a problem solver and lover of maps while opening her eyes to the nature of systems and logics of interrelationships. While working for a local non-profit organization, she learned to build strong people networks through social media and public events. These skills in capacity building and systems thinking combine with her knowledge of the transportation and water infrastructures of our everyday lives to inform her work here at Community Food Lab.

A recent graduate with Masters in Architecture, Jennifer studied not only the aesthetic and technical aspects of architecture, but also the cultural importance of the architect, in providing the places where people can live healthier and happier lives. Through Architecture she has realized the positive effect designers can bring to one of these systems - the food system - and she is enjoys being part of Community Food Lab and building a better food system.  

 Janie Hynson  Project Manager  email: janie(at)communityfoodlab.org

Janie Hynson

Project Manager

email: janie(at)communityfoodlab.org

Janie Hynson bio coming soon.

Strategic Partners


Based in the Triangle, Greenscape is exploring new areas of impact that build on their core business in landscape services. Working with us to uncover creative food system opportunities through market innovations, Greenscape combines business expertise, landscape experience, and a radical curiosity about what the landscape company of the future looks like.

Working out of Calgary, Alberta, Intelligent Futures uses creative, collaborative approaches to rethink design, engagement, and urbanism. Big picture thinkers pushing the boundaries of traditional design practice and project delivery, Intelligent Futures brings sophisticated engagement tools and strategic innovation to our work together.


This Raleigh-based architecture firm has grown into a regional leader in the architecture of local food projects. Much of Community Food Lab's work straddles the line between planning, development, and architecture, and Matthew Konar Architect is a frequent partner able to move projects smoothly off of our desks and into beautiful built form. 

Poiesis Design and Planning utilizes landscape architecture, research, and innovative communication tools to improve the landscape at all scales through thoughtful engagement with clients, communities, and the environment. With deep technical background in food systems and local food infrastructure, Poeisis often teams with us on large-scale food system projects and systems change research.