Debra Eschmeyer is the Co-Founder and Partnerships and Policy Director of FoodCorps and an organic fruit and vegetable farmer. Ms. Eschmeyer oversees the strategy development, policy, and partnerships of FoodCorps, a national nonprofit that seeks to reverse childhood obesity and food insecurity by increasing vulnerable children's knowledge of, engagement with, and access to healthy food. The centerpiece of FoodCorps is an AmeriCorps public service Farm to School program that recruits emerging leaders for a year of service in high-obesity, limited-resource communities of need.
She is a recipient of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award, in recognition of her school food reform efforts as a Kellogg Food & Community Fellow and as the Communications and Outreach Director of the National Farm to School Network. Eschmeyer was an editor for Food Justice, a contributor to the documentary Lunch Line, author of several publications, and creator of campaigns and films to better connect federal nutrition programs with local agriculture.
Ms. Eschmeyer is based on her fifth generation family farm in Ohio, Harvest Sun, where she manages 22 acres of organic fruits and vegetables. She serves on the Advisory Committee of AGree and is on the Sustainable Business Leadership Council of the Culinary Institute of America.