Mallory Stefan
Montana Program Associate Director, FoodCorps
Mallory Stefan is a nonprofit leader committed to creating an equitable food system in Montana. In her current role as Associate Director of the FoodCorps Montana program, she works to build capacity for farm to school programming across the state and develop future food systems leaders. Her work in Montana is rooted at the intersection of increasing access to healthy food for students and supporting resilient local agricultural economies by sourcing local food on school lunch menus. Mallory strongly believes that food justice is social justice, and never grows tired of seeing a student try a new vegetable for the first time exclaiming, “I love this!”. Mallory’s connection to food started as a kid wandering through her Washington backyard picking wild berries, and evolved into a passion for growing food and supporting local farmers. After graduating with a B.A. at the University of Puget Sound in International Political Economy, she served as an AmeriCorps service member with FoodCorps in Mississippi, where she worked with K-12 students in the garden and classroom before moving to Montana in 2015 for a nonprofit management fellowship with FoodCorps. Play and laughter is incredibly important to Mallory; in her free time, she mentors a 5th grade student, enjoys Montana’s astounding outdoor access, and fawns over her senior (but still spunky!) cat.