Seasoned Policy Advocate Jessica Montoya Joins FoodCorps As Policy Director
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Sept. 30, 2021, Washington, D.C. — FoodCorps announced today that Jessica Montoya has joined the organization to lead the policy and advocacy team for the national nonprofit. Since 2010, FoodCorps has worked with its coalition of partners and state and federal lawmakers to advance policies that integrate food education into the school day and ensure school food nourishes kids’ minds and bodies, workers’ livelihoods, local economies, and the environment.
Montoya joins FoodCorps with more than 20 years of experience working with Congress and Fortune Global 500 companies. Most recently, she led government affairs for Sodexo, a leading global food service firm, where she facilitated legislation focused on children’s health, better nutrition, and food education in schools. Previously, Montoya managed congressional affairs for the auto giant Chrysler and worked in U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D-DC) legislative office.
Montoya will lead FoodCorps’ policy team, based in Washington, D.C., and its efforts to address the systemic inequities in our food and education systems so that every child, regardless of race, place, or class, gets the nourishment they need to thrive.
“We are thrilled to have Jessica lead FoodCorps’ critical policy work,” said Curt Ellis, CEO and co-founder of FoodCorps. “Her tenure and experience in child nutrition legislation will further strengthen our reach and influence as an advocacy organization.”
“FoodCorps is leading the way in making the direct connection between food, education and positive outcomes for our children with policymakers,” said Montoya. “I am excited to join this dynamic team to continue to advocate for healthy schools and healthy kids, especially with the momentum school meal programs are gaining in Congress and our current administration amid the pandemic.”