Katie Mularz joined Emeril Lagasse Foundation in 2016 to lead the foundation’s efforts to launch its signature program, Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen; and to manage the foundation’s community giving and other programs. Prior to joining the foundation team, she served as founding director of the Louisiana Farm to School Alliance and Louisiana state lead for the National Farm to School Network where she worked with K-12 schools and non-profit organizations throughout the region to implement farm to school programming. In 2014 working alongside Tulane Prevention Research Center, Katie successfully passed Louisiana’s first farm to school legislation for the state and in 2016 she worked with the Office of the Governor of Louisiana and the Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee to pass the Louisiana Farm to School Program Act- establishing the first statewide farm to school program in Louisiana. Katie is a former Court Appointed Special Advocate for children (CASA) and donates her time to organizations committed to improving community health and well-being, especially to those focused on youth services, food education programming and food access issues. You can probably catch Katie on the weekends exploring the city with friends, paddling Bayou St. John or reading a book with her dog Lizzy in City Park.