Soren Newman is associate director of Arrowleaf Consulting where she applies her survey, interview, focus group, and participatory research expertise to a variety of food system, community, and economic development projects as well as to program and project evaluation. She is an experienced grant writer, contributing to over $40 million of awarded funds that have enabled a variety of organizations to implement food systems, agricultural, environmental conservation, educational, and community development programs. Soren has a PhD in Natural Resource and Environmental Science, a master’s degree in Sociology, and bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Sociology. Examples of Soren’s recent work include exploration of factors that facilitate and constrain adoption of climate smart agricultural practices, food hub and regional supply chain development, intertribal food system and tribal food enterprise assessment, feasibility of artisan grain enterprises, and strategies for funding grassroots rural community development projects. Her published work is available here: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2801-7579.
Arrowleaf Consulting’s current role in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Regional
Food Business Center is to conduct a state-wide food systems landscape assets and needs assessment for Idaho and to provide technical assistance and capacity-building support across the Center.