Erin White

A native of North Carolina, Erin White is a designer, entrepreneur, and teacher working for healthy food systems. Erin formed his two-year-old design firm, Community Food Lab, out of his belief that healthy communities need healthy food systems, and that socially-oriented design has an important role to play in both.

With degrees from North Carolina State University and Bowdoin College, he also has experience as a chef and line cook, as an on-site farm manager, a statistician with the NC Central Cancer Registry, and a framing carpenter. Before launching into food systems work, he spent four and a half years in architectural practice in Boston and NC.

Erin is the interim chair of the Capital Area Food Network, a board member of Wake County’s Advocates for Health in Action, and the proud father of a six-month old boy. He and his wife tend a large garden at home in Raleigh, NC.

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