In our “Stakeholder Board Spotlight” series, we get to hear stories from our Stakeholder Board members across Michigan’s food system, including what sparked their career path and their thoughts on Michigan Good Food Fund’s next chapter. Next up is Michigan Good Food Fund Stakeholder Board Member Jamie Rahrig.
Jamie Rahrig, MPH, RDN
Michigan Good Food Fund Specialist, Innovation Counselor
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and Product Center
Food systems change + business coaching = Jamie Rahrig.
Program manager, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, and educator connected the need for access to healthy food with addressing health disparities while working at Tampa AIDS Network, where she started in the food pantry. Rahrig now conducts food systems outreach and coaching for good-food entrepreneurs around the state using the guiding principle of equitable access to locally sourced, healthy, sustainable, and affordable foods.
Thanks to her professional experiences with the American Cancer Society, McLaren Greater Lansing, and Michigan Fitness Foundation—Rahrig provided program oversight, medical nutrition therapy, and grant compliance along with the development of evidence-based nutrition education resources and trainings through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed). Rahrig gained her academic experiences with University of South Florida, Michigan State University, and University of Michigan-Flint.
A Stakeholder Board member at the Michigan Good Food Fund, Rahrig leads business assistance for the initiative, working closely with food and farm producers across the state to help them grow and prepare for financing.
“It has been a true pleasure working with creative and passionate entrepreneurs during our first iteration of the Michigan Good Food Fund. I look forward to expanding upon our efforts, supporting more good food and farm businesses who are providing more opportunities for our communities to be more healthy, green, fair, and affordable.”
— Jamie Rahrig