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Ashley Rafalow

Program Manager
Square Roots Brooklyn Campus


As the Brooklyn Campus Program Manager, Ashley manages the Square Roots Resident Entrepreneurship Program- a 13 month, full-time program, for classes of 6-10 Resident Entrepreneurs who are typically taking their first steps in the food industry, getting hands on experience running a fully operational food business. Throughout the year, Resident Entrepreneurs participate in a curriculum consisting of skill-based training, professional development plans, and experiential learning in the four pillars of Farming, Business, Community, and Leadership. 


Before joining Square Roots, Ashley served as the Director of Operations and Communications at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. There, she worked to develop evidence to inform municipal policies that promote equitable access to healthy, affordable food by applying an intersectoral perspective linking nutrition and health to sustainable community and workforce development, and engaging partners from city government, community organizations, and the university in food policy research and action. Prior to her work at CUNY, Ashley gained insight into New York’s local and regional food systems through her work at GrowNYC, Foodlink, Just Food and Five Acre Farms. She holds a Master's of Public Health from the CUNY School of Public Health. Ashley is committed to creating equitable opportunities in food and to cultivating environments in which everyone can thrive.