Eileen Horn is a total food systems policy nerd. She serves as the Kansas State Representative for the 10th district in her hometown of Lawrence, KS, where she serves on the Agriculture, Rural Revitalization, and Health committees. When she’s not serving in the legislature, she works with food system partners and local food policy councils to create strategic food system plans, secure funding, and implement innovative and inspiring projects.
Prior to joining the New Venture Advisors team, Eileen served for seven years as the Sustainability Director for the City of Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas where she founded the Douglas County Food Policy Council, the first in the state. She led the Council to national recognition for its accomplishments – including an innovative community garden program on city-owned property, the establishment of a regional food hub, and the first SNAP matching program in the state.
Eileen and her husband Rick co-own a local restaurant in downtown Lawrence that sources 50% of its ingredients from local farms. Eileen is also past president of the board for The Merc Co+op grocery store, and serves on the Kansas Healthy Food Financing Initiative Advisory Board to advise food system investments for the state.
Eileen is a Kansas native, and holds an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont, and a B.S. in Biology.