Staff

Tracy Lerman, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Tracy provides vision, strategy and support for NESAWG's organizational direction and programs. She also oversees the planning of the It Takes a Region Conference. Previously, Tracy was NESAWG's Communications and Conference Manager. She has worked in the sustainable agriculture movement since 2003, as an organizer, policy advocate, and researcher. She previously worked at the Organic Farming Research Foundation as the National Organizer, mobilizing organic farmers on federal policy issues, and as a project consultant for Hudson Valley-based food and farming organizations. Tracy has a master's degree in Community Development from the University of California, Davis and a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University at Albany. She lives in Kingston, NY.

Brandy H. M. Brooks, Conference Organizer
Brandy H. M. Brooks is an activist, educator, facilitator, and designer who has spent more than 10 years working on social and environmental justice. Her areas of focus include community organizing and power-building; community-based design and land use planning; and food justice and food sovereignty.  She was the founding executive director of the Community Design Resource Center of Boston and has worked in senior management roles with The Food Project, Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, and Dreaming Out Loud. Brandy holds a Bachelor of Design Studies from the Boston Architectural College and a Master in Public Administration from Suffolk University; she is also an Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow and a 2016 New Economy Maryland Fellow. Ast NESAWG, Brandy is part of the team organizing the 2017 It Takes a Region Conference. When she’s not working for NESAWG, Brandy spends her time training and developing organizing leaders and running for local office in Maryland.

Julia Fiore, Program Assistant
As NESAWG’s Program Assistant, Julia Fiore supports NESAWG's Communications work. Prior to joining NESAWG, she worked as a field organizer, dairy farmer, educator, and researcher, gaining experience in the non-profit, governmental, and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Society from Cornell University and is currently pursuing her Master of Urban Planning from Hunter College. She lives in Queens, NY.