Cat Padgett

Cat brings an agriculture and food security background to this role with OpenTEAM. As a student at Colby College, in Waterville, ME, Cat fell in love with Maine and Maine’s agricultural heritage. After graduating, she worked as a Farm and Markets Coordinator with the Somali Bantu Community Association, farming with community members in the harvest seasons, and contributing to fundraising for and the establishment of permanent farmland for Maine’s Somali Bantu community, in the winters. In this role, she gained experience securing grant funding and navigating contracts for agricultural projects. She recently graduated with a masters in Food Security from the University of Edinburgh. While pursuing this degree Cat gained exposure to the complexities of international food systems, and worked with diverse stakeholders to support food security in vulnerable areas of the world. She is eager to be back in her favorite place, and reconnect with local and national food systems in this new role.

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