Prior to joining the City of Philadelphia, Molly worked across the food system from farming and post-harvest handling to distribution, sales, and food service. She has previously worked with Cornell University’s Small Farms Program on urban agriculture development; with the Hudson Valley Farm Hub on curriculum development for mid-scale farmer training programming and market channel development; and with The Common Market in a variety of capacities. She earned an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.
Molly Riordan is the Good Food Purchasing Coordinator for the City of Philadelphia. Jointly housed in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and the Procurement Department, she works to include good food–healthy, sustainably grown, fairly produced, and locally oriented–in City food contracts, which supply 14.5 million meals per year to Philadelphians served by City departments. Molly focuses on developing innovative contracts and nimble internal systems that will make it easier for City departments to contract with small, local, and sustainable food businesses.