Staff and Teams

Minnesota Food Charter Network Staff

Michael Dahl  |  Director

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Michael Dahl is Director for the Minnesota Food Charter Network. Michael works to connect communities across the state that are implementing Food Charter strategies. Michael does this by helping to coordinate the efforts of several Food Charter teams focusing on the Network’s structure, strategic planning, communications, the measurement of strategy implementation progress and more. Michael brought more than 20 years of economic justice advocacy and lobbying experience to the Network. This included 11 years as Executive Director of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless as well as grassroots advocacy efforts to assist tenants and increase affordable housing options in the Twin Cities. When Michael is not at the Network, he’s likely practicing yoga or binge watching TV with his wife (Rebecca), playing with his 4-year-old puppy (Franco), or spending time in his fairly large heirloom garden (paradise).

Jared Walhowe |  Program Coordinator

Jared Walhowe serves as Program Coordinator for the Minnesota Food Charter Network. Jared brings to the Food Charter Network seven years of experience building strategic partnerships with local nonprofits, schools, and government agencies to improve the quality of food available to the community. Before joining our team, Jared was the Produce Specialist with The Food Group, where he increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables for over 200 local hunger-relief organizations. In his role, Jared oversaw the Fruits of the City program, the Food Group Farm, Produce Rescue at the Minneapolis Farmers Market, and worked with cities, schools, parks, and congregations to develop publicly accessible gardens and orchards. He built relationships with hundreds of farms, orchards, gardeners, and residential fruit tree owners who regularly donated their extra produce to food shelves and meal programs. Jared’s previous roles also include Gleaning Manager at The Minnesota Project as well as managing the operations of the Waite House food shelf in Minneapolis.

As Program Coordinator, Jared assists in the management of the Minnesota Food Charter Network operations and in fund development and management for both the Minnesota Food Charter Network and Health Foods, Healthy Lives Institute.

Minnesota Food Charter Network Teams

Strategic Team

The Strategic Team builds shared capacity to support implementation and alignment across the state. Comprised of leaders from the food system, the Team oversees the vision, monitors the Network, and identifies future opportunities to move the Minnesota Food Charter forward.

To learn more, contact: Michael Dahl, Minnesota Food Charter Network,

Learning & Capacity Building Action Team

The Learning & Capacity Building Action Team supports a culture of health in Minnesota by helping communities successfully advance Minnesota Food Charter strategies by building capacity, developing skills, and encouraging collaboration and learning.

To learn more, contact: Noelle Harden, University of Minnesota Extension,

Shared Measurement Action Team

The Shared Measurement Action Team recommends indicators to monitor changes in the Minnesota food system associated with the Minnesota Food Charter.

Click here to view Phase 1 Working Paper: Preliminary Recommendations & Next Steps: Spring 2018.

To learn more, contact: Abby Gold, PhD, MPH, RD; North Dakota State University, or Liana Schreiber, MPH, RDN, Minnesota Department of Health,

Cross-Agency Working Group

The Cross Agency working group convenes government agencies working together on Food Charter strategies.

To learn more, contact: Michael Dahl, Minnesota Food Charter Network,

Engagement Team

The Engagement Team’s function is to support, connect, and build the capacity of food networks to contribute to the implementation of Minnesota Food Charter strategies. 

To learn more, contact: Stephanie Heim, MPH, RDN; University of Minnesota Extension,

Fund Development Team

The Fund Development Team guides and provides strategy for ensuring lasting support for the Minnesota Food Charter Network.

To learn more, contact: Michael Dahl, Minnesota Food Charter Network,