Lisa M Fernandes

Food Systems, Communications, and Resilience-Building in Maine

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I currently serve as the Communication Director for the Food Solutions New England (@foodsolutionsne) network based at the UNH Sustainability Institute in Durham, New Hampshire, helping to build a just, healthy & sustainable regional food system.

I founded The Resilience Hub in 2005, based in Portland, Maine and directed the organization until 2018, growing it to nearly 3K members and delivering more than 800 community-building and educational events. You might spy me and the Hub in the film "Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective."

I am an experienced strategist, facilitator, speaker, network weaver and educator who believes that resilience-building, community connectivity and participatory design are among the best approaches we have for creating vibrant futures and for navigating the challenges we face.

I've been on the boards of the Eat Local Foods Coalition (ELFC), the Permaculture Association of the Northeast (PAN), the Grantmaking Committee of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund and on the Advisory Panel for Green & Healthy Maine Homes magazine. I've also been active in the Portland Mayor's Initiative for Healthy Sustainable Food Systems, MOFGA's Ag Services Committee, the Portland Food Coop, Hour Exchange Portland and I am a Master Food Preserver and Master Composter.

I attended Boston College (undergrad) and The Evergreen State College (grad) and have a rich set of work experiences in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including several years owning and operating a software firm with more than 100 client companies across the region.

I'm definitely a plant and gardening nerd...growing, foraging, preserving, and cooking as much as possible. My family and I have been actively converting our 1/3 acre home site into a model for comfortable "post-fossil fuel" living.

  • Work
    • Food Solutions New England
  • Education
    • Boston College
    • The Evergreen State College
    • University of New Hampshire
    • The Resilience Hub