Laura began her career in family farm activism with Farm Aid where she staffed and managed a national farm crisis hotline, developed a web-based platform to connect thriving farmers with farmers in need and penned a monthly consumer advice column “Ask Laura.” At Red Tomato, Laura spent seven years learning the ins and outs of the entire operation before stepping into the role of Executive Director, in partnership with Founder Michael Rozyne, in January 2015. As her first sales initiative, Laura helped to develop Red Tomato’s Freshness Initiative which brands short supply chains based on a 24-hour turnaround from farm to retail shelf through mainstream distribution channels. Laura was instrumental in developing Red Tomato’s direct store/school delivery program that brings together farm-fresh produce from five states to 40+ retailers and institutions in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She has also helped drive Red Tomato’s recent effort to test farm worker well-being standards on small and mid-size farms in the Northeast. In addition to her leadership at Red Tomato, Laura serves on the UVM Food Hub Management Program advisory board and joined the National Farm to School Network advisory board in 2018.