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Since moving to upstate New York -- where Kaitlyn currently lives with her partner, Jeff -- Kaitlyn has worked professionally in the small business, agriculture, and non-profit sectors. Kaitlyn continues to be instrumental to the development of small businesses from her role in opening and managing projects like Taste NY Broome County, a New York State Agriculture & Markets initiative, hosting workshops and providing technical assistance for product development with Cornell Cooperative Extension, and teaching food systems and agriculture to youth and community garden members, as they led VINES through its expansion of programming and services. 


Kaitlyn continues to be an active partner in the development, marketing and communications of Sirna’s family enterprises, including the farm and a successful farm to table restaurant, which they founded. Currently Kaitlyn works for the Center For Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship, or CADE, a Farm & Food Business Incubator established in 1991. They are also involved in numerous community and food system projects - often through an extension of her board roles. Kaitlyn is President of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY (NOFA-NY) board and acting as Interim Director at NOFA-NY during its Executive Director search.


With over a decade working in business development, and a Masters of Science in Sustainable Communities, Kaitlyn passionately advocates for small businesses and local farms, and has first hand experience working in these (literal & professional) fields across the Midwest and Eastern US.



Masters of Science: Sustainable Communities
Binghamton University | 2016 - 2020

THESIS: "Food Gentrification: An Examination of Food and Culture as it Relates to Food Security"

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The master’s program in Sustainable Communities at Binghamton University is one of the only master’s programs of its kind in the United States. The degree integrates the three pillars of sustainability – environmental protection, economic vitality and social equity – to provide a balanced, holistic perspective on sustainability. Collaboration is at the heart of the Sustainable Communities program, which draws upon several academic disciplines, including: anthropology, economics, environmental science, geography, geology, philosophy, political science, public administration, and sociology.

Bachelors of Art | English Literature, Minor in Philosophy
DePaul University, Chicago IL | 2010 - 2013


  • Social Media Masterclass

  • Digital Marketing

  • Google My Business Masterclass

  • Meta Ads Masterclass

  • Food Safety, Good Agriculture Practices, Produce Safety

  • Staff Management, Youth Development

  • Education, Teaching Certificate, Substitute Teaching K-12

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