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May 16, 2019

CUESA Announces New Director of Education Ave Lambert

Seasoned and Passionate Program Director to Shape
Leading Bay Area Food Nonprofit’s Educational Strategy

SAN FRANCISCO (May 16, 2019) — CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture), the acclaimed nonprofit known for operating the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and innovative education programs, welcomes Ave Lambert as its new Director of Education.

Ave will bring visionary leadership in developing educational programs that support CUESA’s mission to grow thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. They will drive the organization’s educational strategy and lead a team of educators in creating mission-driven content that connects growing, cooking, and eating food through the dual lenses of social justice and sustainability.

“Ave’s passion for local food, united with years of experience educating eaters about how food is grown, who grows it, how it is prepared, and why it matters, makes them a consummate fit for us,” said Marcy Coburn, CUESA’s CEO. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Ave to CUESA.”

Hailing from a farming family in the Capay Valley of California, with stints in Hawaii, Central America, and Italy, Ave brings their diverse experiences from fields to kitchens to food justice nonprofits, including work as a private chef, sustainability consultant, and educator. Most recently, Ave was the Program Director of Farming Hope, a nonprofit providing transitional employment and training in urban agriculture and culinary to unhoused and low-income people in our community. They are an elected member of the San Francisco Food Security Task Force, making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor about ending hunger and food insecurity in the city.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to raise the bar on intersectionality at CUESA at a time when social and economic justice, climate, diversity, equity, and inclusion through food can change our world,” said Ave.

For 26 years, CUESA has delivered innovative educational programs that connect urban eaters of all ages with local food and farmers. Current programs include free public culinary programs at CUESA’s farmers markets in San Francisco and Oakland, popular evening talks with food activists and thought leaders, food and farm tours, and free youth education programs such as Foodwise Kids and Foodwise Teens, which serve 3,000 Bay Area students each year.

CUESA recently launched two major educational initiatives: The Food Change, a multimedia project that champions farmers, advocates, and everyday people who are making positive change in our food system; and Foodwise Teens, a paid job training program where teens build skills to sustain healthy lives and a healthy planet through hands-on experience in the garden, in the kitchen, and at the farmers market.

Ave will be overseeing the expansion of these programs, as well as shaping the vision and direction of future initiatives to support food access and knowledge, and inspire people to take action for just and sustainable food policies, practices, and cultural shifts.

“In San Francisco, we have so many opportunities to connect sustainability and equity and justice through food,” said Ave. “As a native Californian, I feel a personal duty, and I believe CUESA has a duty, to lead the food movement and innovate through education, access, and outreach for all people. The time is now; join us for joy and justice.”

Meet Ave Lambert on June 9 at CUESA’s Summer Bash, an annual fundraising party at the Ferry Building that brings together 45 of the Bay Area’s best chefs and 20 bars and wineries in support of CUESA’s education programs, local farms, and healthy communities.

To arrange an interview with Ave Lambert or join a meet-and-greet with Ave at CUESA’s Summer Bash on June 9, contact Communications Director Brie Mazurek at [email protected] or 415-291-3276 x104.

About CUESA    

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is a mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Founded in 1994, CUESA operates the world-renowned Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and Mission Community Market in San Francisco, and the Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland. CUESA is a cutting-edge force in influencing how people grow, produce, and eat food in the Bay Area and beyond. 


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