Assistant Director of Public Health
Heidi Stucker, currently the Assistant Director of Public Health, joined MAPC in 2014 as an Environmental and Food Systems Planner in the Environmental Division to support the agency’s food system planning, environmental and climate change resiliency projects. Ms. Stucker specializes in projects that improve the food system economy, agricultural and fishing resiliency, and the equitable and affordable access of locally produced foods. She is currently a primary contributor to the Massachusetts Food System Plan, a 2-year planning project. Ms. Stucker is also a supportive contributor to the Environmental Division’s stormwater management and climate change projects. Via the cross-disciplinary nature of her field, Ms. Stucker collaborates on projects with MAPC’s public health, economic development, and energy staff.
Ms. Stucker has worked in various aspects of agriculture and food systems in Massachusetts for the past decade. She has worked as a farmer and manager of a Community Supported Agriculture program; and consulted on non-profit community food projects in the greater Boston and Lawrence areas. Her research and projects have focused on healthy food financing policy, food enterprise opportunities in Boston neighborhoods with limited health food outlets, and New England food business incubator infrastructure and programming.
Ms. Stucker completed her graduate studies with Tufts’ Urban Environmental, Policy and Planning program, and holds a B.A. in Intercultural Studies from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.
Areas of Expertise: Food System Planning, Economic Impact Analyses, Stormwater Management, Climate Change Resiliency, GIS, Public Outreach and Engagement and Facilitation.