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Yael Lehmann currently serves as Executive Director of The Food Trust, a nonprofit, founded in 1992, that strives to make healthy food available to all. The Food Trust’s work has been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama, and described by Time Magazine as being a “remarkable success.” The Food Trust has been the recipient of many national and local awards including the Human Rights Award for a Nonprofit Organization from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations for fostering intergroup harmony and cultural understanding among communities. Before becoming Executive Director of The Food Trust in 2006, Ms. Lehmann served as Associate Director and Deputy Director since 2001. In her tenure at The Food Trust, she has directed the growth of the organization’s farmers’ markets, nutrition education programs, food retail development initiatives, and other programs to promote access to affordable, nutritious food in low-income communities. Ms. Lehmann has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.