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Nicole Cardwell

Program Director, NH Food Alliance

Nicole Cardwell is the Program Director for the NH Food Alliance, a statewide network that engages and connects people dedicated to growing a thriving, fair, and sustainable local food system in the Granite State. Before joining the UNH Sustainability Institute, Nicole oversaw strategic initiatives for Bon Appetit Management Company nationally. Her work included implementation of Bon Appétit’s groundbreaking social and environmental commitments, strengthening the company’s Farm to Fork (local sourcing) program, and engaging with college students about how to participate in systems change throughout the food industry. 

Nicole has a Bachelor of Business Administration from UMass Amherst and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. She’s worked on agriculture and food systems issues from a variety of perspectives, including international conservation organization Rainforest Alliance, the Massachusetts Farm to School Project, Natural Resources Defense Council, World Wildlife Fund and Union of Concerned Scientists. She lives in Durham with her husband and two daughters, and can usually be found baking, gardening, or biking around town.