Green Mountain College is excited to welcome members of our online graduate program community to campus February 20-22, 2019 for the Masters of Sustainable Food Systems Spring Residency. This year’s residency promises to be an exciting and stimulating experience that provides opportunities for our online graduate students to interact face-to-face with other students, faculty, staff, and guests presenters.
We are pleased to welcome our 2019 MSFS Scholar in Residency, Angie Tagtow, an entrepreneur, systems thinker, leadership developer, solution-based innovator, role breaker, and a change maker.
Angie is the founder and chief strategist of Äkta Strategies, a consulting firm that designs authentic solutions for systems change. She has more than 25 years of experience working at local, state, federal, and international levels in agriculture, food, and nutrition policy; public health; and food and water systems.
In 2014, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the Executive Director for the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion in which she co-led the development and launch of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Angie is a registered dietitian and has served as a Senior Fellow and Endowed Chair at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. She was the founder and CEO of a successful consulting firm that provided program and policy development, strategic planning, capacity building, communication, and education services to diverse clients that worked toward advancing sustainable, resilient, and healthy food and water systems.
She co-founded a non-profit focused on health and food systems in addition to forming a statewide community of practice that promoted evidence-based strategies to increase access to healthful food. Angie has served in positions with the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Program and as a food systems consultant with the Iowa Community Transformation Initiative.
In 2008, Angie was selected as a Food and Society Policy Fellow with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. She has served in professional leadership positions within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAND), Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, and the American Public Health Association. In addition to launching the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition in 2005 in which she served as the managing editor for 11 years, she has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Angie has received numerous awards that recognized for her leadership and professional contributions to nutrition, public health and food systems. Angie is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University.
To view the Spring 2019 Residency schedule, click here.