Dr. Jill Clark
Professor Clark’s research is agrifood system policy and practice, centering on community and state governance of food systems, the policy process, and community engagement. Primarily using a community-based research approach, she works with local communities across the United States. Current funded research focuses on food democracy, opportunities for connecting food security and agricultural economic development through local policy initiatives, healthy food access, and policy to support the growth of small and mid-size farms engaged in the food system. Currently, Professor Clark provides statewide leadership for the Ohio Network of Food Policy Councils, national leadership as an advisory board member for Johns Hopkins Food Policy Network and international leadership as a member of the international advisory committee for the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at Wilfrid Laurier University. Locally, she is a member of the executive committee of the Franklin County Local Food Council. Before joining the faculty, Clark directed the Center for Farmland Policy Innovation at Ohio State University (OSU) from its opening in 2006 until her departure in 2012. Before coming to OSU, she directed the Ohio office of American Farmland Trust, a national non-profit. Professor Clark has a Ph.D. in geography from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Current affiliations (selected): Food Policy Network, Center for Livable Futures, Johns Hopkins, advisory board member, 2015-current; Ohio Food Policy Network, lead; Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society, board member, 2015-current; International Advisory Committee for the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at Wilfrid Laurier University, member, 2012-current; Franklin County Local Food Council, executive team.