Amy DeLorenzo is an Extension Educator at the Discovery Partners Institute in downtown Chicago. Amy is working to create a pipeline of tech talent from the University of Illinois to the city of Chicago with a focus on the intersection of food and ag and technology. She views this work through the lens of community development, having worked in communities throughout the Chicagoland area over the last decade. In addition to her work on food, agriculture, and technology, Amy has a research interest in food waste and food systems. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, where her research focused on food waste reduction policy and its effect on stakeholders across the food supply chain.
Her work in food waste reduction and environmental sustainability includes associations with the following community and professional groups: the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition, the Wasted Food Action Alliance, the Chicago Food Policy Action Council, the Delta Institute, the Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network, and the Institute for Food Technologists, among others.
Prior to her work in Extension, Amy taught courses about food waste at DePaul University. She also worked at Chicago Cares, Chicago’s premier volunteer organization. She is a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alumna.
Amy's work includes: