Our Mission

We believe universal access to healthy, nutritious food is a fundamental human right. Nourish Colorado is transforming Colorado’s food system to ensure all Coloradans have equal and abundant access to nutritious foods from sustainable sources. Through advocacy for better policies, statewide initiatives, and partnerships with communities, and statewide and national organizations, Nourish Colorado is creating a new food paradigm. We’re actively challenging the status quo and championing a future-forward food system that equitably feeds and nourishes ALL Coloradans.

Our Guiding Values

1. Access to nourishing food is a basic human right.
2. A person’s ability to feed themselves and their households all the nourishing food they want should not be determined by economic conditions, race or ethnicity, or where they live.
3. Food systems must be transformed to work best for those who have been and are intentionally marginalized in order to create lasting and sustainable change for all.


Our Commitments

Including the voices and elevating the roles of those that our work aims to benefit

One example: We prioritize participant involvement in the Double Up Food Bucks Advisory Team and the Community Food Advocate initiative, which strengthened our programming while expanding professional opportunities for participants.

Seeking the knowledge, guidance, and partnership of local, state, and national organizations

One example: We actively participate in national and Colorado coalitions such as the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the Blueprint to End Hunger’s work groups and policy committees, and the Colorado Food Policy Network to learn from local food groups.

Employing solutions that are informed by research evidence as well as by community

One example: We contract with external evaluators and integrate in-person and virtual feedback sessions (symposia, interviews, focus groups) with core partners and beneficiaries in all our initiatives.

Testing and trying new solutions

One example: When provided state funds to purchase CO-grown produce for federal food assistance program participants, we mobilized with county partners and local growers to launch the CO Nutrition Incentive program in a matter of weeks, purchasing several hundred CSA shares for WIC households and older adults across the state.

Being adaptive and responsive in our work

One example: We have adapted former initiatives such as the School Food Initiative to build LoProCO to meet the needs and goals of partners, and have adapted curricula throughout COVID to be the most accessible, whether in-person or virtually.

Working ourselves out of our jobs

One example: We pursue means to permanently integrate our initiatives with institutional and agency partners, such as incentives and support for new Farm to School staff within the Department of Education to ensure our work lives on beyond us.

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The Team

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Amber Clemetson

Project & Operations Manager
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Amy Nelms

Senior Program & Policy Manager, Healthy Food Incentives

Caronne Porter

Food Access Program Manager

Devin Porch

Director of Business & Operations

Jessica Wright

Senior Program and Policy Manager, Healthy Food in Institutions

Lonni Byrd

Outreach Coordinator

Taylor Frederick

Culinary Specialist

Wendy Peters Moschetti

Managing Director

The Board

Ashley Thurow, CPA, Chair

Executive Director, Monument Health

Jess T. Church, MS, RD

Director of Food Security Initiatives, Centura Health

Jill Mendoza, CEcD, Treasurer

Economic Development Manager, Town of Superior

Marti Hawkins, MBA, BSN, RN

Chief Nursing Officer, Highlands Behavioral System

Shannon Spurlock

Founder & Principal Consultant, Ochotona Consulting

Shaunda Van Wert

Director – Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, KPMG

Thomas G. Currigan, Jr., Immediate Past Chair

Former Senior Director, Kaiser Permanente Stakeholder Relations

Core Partners

Sara Struckman

Grants Manager

NFP Partners

Accounting & Finance Consultant
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East Denver Food Hub

Value Chain Coordinator

Andrea Loudd

Community Food Advocate

Wonda Perez

Community Food Advocate

Nicole Frazier

Chef Consultant

Sally Ayotte

Chef Consultant

Sarah Kvichak

Chef Consultant

Shellie Kark

Chef Consultant

Rainey Wikstrom

Chef Consultant

Rob Mattoch

Chef Consultant

Britt Martens

Chef and Intern

Tonette Salazar

Strategies360 Lobbying Firm

Emma Bliesener

Strategies360 Lobbying Firm

Nourish Colorado's Historic Timeline

The organization rebrands to Nourish Colorado to reflect its evolution into an organization transforming food systems.
LoProCO, which grew out of the School Food Initiative, hosts its first series of educational workshops for school districts and food system collaborators across the state.
New Program
Passes Colorado School Food Purchasing Program.
Legislatively acquires funding for Colorado Food System Advisory Council (COFSAC) staffing and operations
Legislatively establishes and acquires funding for the Healthy Food Incentive Fund for Double Up Food Bucks and Colorado Nutrition Incentive Program
Launches Double Up Food Bucks Colorado modeled after the Fair Food Network’s successful DUFB Michigan pilot
Colorado Food Policy Network meets for the first time bringing together local food policy networks to collaboratively advocate for local and regional food policies.
Launches the School Food Initiative to help reform nutrition in school lunchrooms
Legislatively establishes COFSAC
LiveWell Community coalitions operate across the state to promote healthy eating and active living; eventually reaches 26 communities
The Colorado Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launches the organization, originally known as LiveWell Colorado.

Career Opportunities

At Nourish Colorado we don’t fill “jobs,” we offer meaningful work and career opportunities for individuals who want to make a positive impact on the world. Our employees know they are making a difference. Every day they are on the frontline championing equitable and universal access to nutritious foods for all Coloradans. We’re always on the lookout for talented professionals who share our passion for food system optimization to join the team.

 Nourish Colorado is not currently hiring. Check out our partner career opportunities! 

To submit a job email Amber@NourishColorado.org

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