Kris E. Igo
Kris E. Igo, MPP
Associate Director, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute
Kristine has served as the Assistant, and now Associate, Director for the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute since the Fall of 2009. Highlights of her involvement with the Institute to-date include: participating in writing the USDA sponsored ESCOP Science Roadmap for Food and Agriculture; organizing and facilitating a multi-disciplinary Foodshed conference; working as a task force member with the Grains for Health Foundation; writing and editorial activities for Wellness Works; coordinating the University's first Food Day activities, and developing an undergraduate cooking course for Fall 2012.
Kris earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota-Morris in Political Science and completed her Masters of Public Policy from the University of California-Berkeley. While in the Bay Area earning her Masters, Kristine focused on policy research and development related to renewable energy production from food waste within Sonoma County; city & regional planning strategies to encourage local food production and increase healthy foods accessibility in the City of Oakland; and UCB efforts to decrease their carbon foot-print through changes in food procurement and disposal. Her previous work experience includes fund development for the YWCA, community relations and wine education within the wine industry, and organizational and program development for The Minnesota Project, a local non-profit connecting projects and policy in the three intersecting areas of agriculture, renewable energy and local foods. Kris is a sitting Board member for a local non-profit operating in North Minneapolis (Appetite for Change), an Executive Committee Member of the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Policy Council, the Green PTA chair and school garden coordinator for Seward Montessori, and a mother of 2 energetic grade school boys.