Samantha Levy

New York Policy Manager

Samantha comes to AFT to combine her experience, education and desire to influence policy to build a more equitable and sustainable food system. She first became interested in Food and Farming issues while operating a hobby baking business and working at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in the lower Hudson Valley. Around the same time, her passion for community-driven policy work was formed while implementing a plastic bag ban at a local farmer’s market. Since those formative years, she has worked for organizations such as Slow Food and Greenmarket, which build local markets for farmers and work to increase access to healthy, delicious, sustainably grown food for all. This brought her to pursue a master’s degree in Food Studies at NYU, during which time Samantha interned for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for whom she conducted research on potential Federal policy responses to bringing a new generation of farmers onto the land. She recently graduated from New York University with a Masters in Food Systems after completing original research on farmer motivations for choosing conservation practices. She holds a surprisingly useful B.F.A. in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and continues her study of culinary arts, gardening and theatre in her free time.