WILMA’s Leadership Institute: Meet Jordyn Appel-Hughes

Snapshot of this year's Leadership Institute members

WILMA’s 2023 Leadership Institute, an annual nine-month program, gives area women the opportunity to learn from leaders in the region, visit a range of local companies, and serve as each others’ personal board of directors.

The program is part of WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative, created to help develop more women leaders in our area.

Meet institute member JORDYN APPEL-HUGHES.

Jordyn Appel-Hughes

Appel HughesTitle: Executive Director

Company: Feast Down East

How long have you been with your current employer? Since September 2015, celebrating 8 years this fall!

Alma Mater: Grand Valley State University

Prior career experience: Deputy Director, Program Director, Mobile Market Manager, Farm to School Educator, AmeriCorps*VISTA and FoodCorps Service Member

Current job responsibilities: Responsible for leveraging and managing funds, administering, growing and curating sustainable foundations for programs, policies and procedures to support the strategic operation and growth of Feast Down East. Nurturing relationships, building resilient systems in programs amongst community partners, staff, and the board of directors to promote the mission and work of FDE programs. Cultivating a healthy, accessible, local food system, which supports agricultural economic growth and combats food apartheid in a 13-county region of Southeastern North Carolina.

Hobbies: Stewarding my homestead, hiking with my dogs, live music, preserving, foraging, wildcrafting, potlucks and bonfires

To learn more about WILMA’s Leadership Institute and Initiative, go to wilmamag.com/women-to-watch.

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Categories: Women to Watch