Eileen Horn is a total food systems policy nerd. She recently served in the Kansas State Legislature, where she served on the Agriculture, Rural Revitalization, and Health committees. Today, 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 urban agriculture program on city-owned property, the establishment of a regional food hub, and the first SNAP matching program in the state.
In her role as Sustainability Director, Eileen oversaw a comprehensive, nationally-recognized food system planning process for Lawrence and Douglas County that engaged diverse voices in developing a robust local food system.
Eileen serves on the Advisory Board for the Kansas Healthy Food Financing Initiative to advise food system financial investments for the state. She also serves on the board for Growing Food, Growing Health, a youth-led school gardening initiative. She is past president of the board of directors for the Merc Co+op grocery store. Her husband is a chef who pioneered the use of local food in several downtown Lawrence restaurants, and her two young sons love to plant vegetable seeds in their garden and then impatiently harvest them before they are ripe.
Eileen is a Kansas native, and holds an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont, and a B.S. in Biology.