As Advocacy and Education Director, Faye Conte spearheads Hunger Free Vermont’s policy agenda and coordinates the organization’s local, state, and national advocacy initiatives. Recently, she helped Vermont become the first state to provide funding to help schools offer universal free meals to students through a successful legislative campaign to expand Vermont’s Farm to School Grant Program. Faye also directs the organization’s efforts to support a strong and accessible 3SquaresVT program and its work to ensure older Vermonters are able to access food and age with dignity. Additionally, she supports Hunger Free Vermont’s efforts to engage communities across the state in ending hunger through the Hunger Councils of Vermont, a nationally recognized model for community-based activism. She believes in the power of community awareness and understanding to decrease the stigma placed on people seeking help to buy food.
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 organizations 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. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Marlboro College. In her free time, she is deeply ingrained in the food cooperative community and serves as Board President for both City Market in Burlington and the Neighboring Food Co-op Association. Faye is proud 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.