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Yael Lehmann serves as Executive Director (Mid-Atlantic Region), for The Common Market, a nonprofit that delivers "local food for the common good." In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Common Market provides free farm fresh boxes to food insecure families in New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Baltimore, and Washington DC. Before joining The Common Market, Yael served as President & CEO of The Food Trust, a nonprofit that strives to make healthy food available to all. During Yael's tenure, The Food Trust’s work was recognized by former First Lady Michelle Obama and described by Time Magazine as being a “remarkable success” for increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in schools and reducing by 50% the number of students becoming overweight. Yael is a frequent speaker nationally on food access issues. She has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times and Washington Post, and has been interviewed on PBS NewsHour, BillMoyers.com, CNN, and Good Morning America, among other media outlets. Yael has received several leadership awards including the Urban Leadership Award from the Penn Institute for Urban Research. Yael has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. She received additional executive education in nonprofit management at Harvard Business School. Yael is a Fellow of the third class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.