Board Members

Dr. Philip McNab, Research Associate, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Public Health

Bio Statement: Phil works within Health, Behavior and Society Department at Johns Hopkins University. His background includes Public Health Education and Bio-cultural Medical Anthropology with primary interests in the implications of direct engagement in the food system. His recent research employed participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and media content analysis to explore three dimensions of volunteering at farms in Maryland: the reasons people volunteer, what volunteers’ experiences are, and the consequences of volunteering.


Dr. Philip A. Loring, Arrell Chair and Associate Professor, University of Guelph, School of Environment and Sustainability

Bio Statement: I am an applied social scientist with interests in food systems and security, community sustainability, and social and environmental justice. In his research he collaborates with First Nations in Alaska, and Western and Arctic Canada on projects related to conflict, climate change adaptation, and social justice in coastal community food systems. I draw from a diverse set of tools and methods, including ethnography, film, and social network analysis. I serve on the research management committee for the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response network in Canada; the governance team of the Rural Policy Learning Commons; and am co-lead of the “Fish as Food” cluster for the Too Big to Ignore Network.


Dr. David Fazzino, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Department of Anthropology

Bio Statement: David is a cultural anthropologist trained in law, sustainable agriculture, conservation, and complementary and alternative medicine. He has practical experience in soil science, agroecology, and backcountry trail systems and management, community sustainability, and food systems and security.  He examines law and policy around property issues with emphasis on food systems including intellectual property rights, farmers’ rights versus breeders’ rights, genetically modified organisms, and historic preservation. His geographical areas of expertise include Federated States of Micronesia and North America. He is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.