Cheryl Danley

Derenoncourt Consulting
Independent Consultant

Cheryl Danley has worked in academia, philanthropy, and the non-profit /NGO sector for more than 25 years on issues of environment and sustainable development both in the US and abroad. Most recently in the US, she has engaged with schools and communities to strengthen their access to fresh, locally grown, healthy and affordable food. Previously, under the auspices of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded programs at Michigan State University (MSU) she provided technical assistance for building healthier communities through policy and systemic change at the local and national levels. As a 2011-2013 Food and Community Fellow with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, her areas of focus included community food assessments, local food councils, school food value chains, and equity for socially disadvantaged and underrepresented groups in the food system. 

Cheryl Danley's international experience includes serving as Country Representative for Africare in Tanzania and South Africa managing a diverse portfolio of health and agriculture programs, including projects in primary health care, HIV/AIDS, food security, natural resources, social infrastructure development, and refugee relief. Prior to that she was the Assistant Director for MSU's Partnerships for Food Industry Development (Fruits & Vegetables) -- a program of USAID designed to strengthen supply chains and improve incomes and retail linkages for farmers in developing countries. Cheryl Danley values social justice and local knowledge. She envisions a world where scholarship and local expertise combine to formulate good food policy, leading to sustainable economic development and greater wellbeing for all.

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