Public Health & Food Systems Planner II
Jessika Brenin joined MAPC in 2021 as a Public Health Planner. Jessika collaborates with municipal and community partners at the intersection of food systems planning, climate resilience, healthy community design, and public health infrastructure for a more equitable future.
Prior to MAPC, Jessika served as an AmeriCorps Nutrition Educator supporting community wellness through cooking and vegetable gardening programs. She has worked with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion program providing research and thought leadership on the social determinants of food access. She has also facilitated food systems and community engagement projects in New England ranging from municipal composting feasibility to transportation advocacy and from environmental gentrification to food justice on college campuses.
Jessika earned dual Masters’ degrees from Tufts University, a M.A. in Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning and a M.S. in Food & Nutrition Policy & Programs. She holds a B.S. in International Health from Georgetown University.
Areas of Expertise: Food Systems Planning, Environmental Justice, Equitable Evaluation, Community Engagement, Partnership Building