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Makala is an Outreach Associate providing technical assistance for federal grants aimed at improving the Illinois food system. She graduated in 2018 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in food science. Following graduation, she completed a two-year technical leadership development program at Mars Wrigley, where she led four six-month projects as a scientist, engineer, and project manager in quality.
Before joining Illinois Extension, Makala completed an AmeriCorps service year on the Nutrition Team at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, where she discovered her passion for food justice. In that role, she created a nutrition education curriculum and supported the rollout of the national nutrition initiative Supporting Wellness at Pantries. Outside of work, she served as a Communications and Engagement Summit Leader at the 17th Annual Chicago Food Justice Summit and as a Slow Food Youth Network USA board member.
Makala loves all things food. She believes in the necessity of weaving together people from all parts of the food system and the power of food to nourish our bodies, minds, planet, and future.