Bridget Palombo is Director of Community and Economic Development at Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM). She implements strategic initiatives to improve quality of life in Lower North Philadelphia through coordination of APM’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) and Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI). Ms. Palombo obtained her B.A. in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College with a focus on GIS and equitable development. She has a 16-year background working in the food industry and has garnered accolades for working to increase food security in Philadelphia. She established APM’s Food Buying Club which uses pop-up distribution sites to connect communities directly to the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (PWPM) for affordable fresh produce. The pilot won recognition as an awardee of the 2015 Solutions for Poverty from Social Innovations Lab and the first national award from Senator Harkins for Excellence in AmeriCorps Programming and Service Award for community organizing. Bridget is currently helping to lead a Walkability Engagement Plan in collaboration with Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health. She is an advisory board member for The Food Trust’s Get HYPE Philly!, the City’s Community Health Improvement Plan, and the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure System’s (OTIS) Vision Zero Task Force.
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