As the Advocacy and Education Director, Faye Conte leads Hunger Free Vermont’s efforts to engage and empower all of Vermont’s citizens in the mission to end the injustice of hunger. She spearheads Hunger Free Vermont’s policy agenda and coordinates the organization’s local, state, and national advocacy initiatives. Faye also directs the community and nutrition education components of the organization’s work, including expansion of the Hunger Councils, a nationally recognized model for community-based activism. She believes in the power of community knowledge and understanding to decrease stigma and help all Vermonters in need get the help they deserve.
Prior to joining Hunger Free Vermont in 2011, Faye researched rural food access and sustainable food systems with the Transportation Research Center and the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont. She has also worked in fundraising for environmental nonprofits in Seattle, WA.
Faye received her Master of Science in Community Development and Applied Economics from University of Vermont and her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and International Development and Social Change from Clark University, and holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Marlboro College. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of City Market in Burlington and leads Grow Team ONE, a community organization committed to ensuring community garden access for Old North End residents of Burlington. Faye is thrilled to be part of a passionate team dedicated to making Vermont a model for ending hunger and ensuring that everyone has access to high quality food.