The Food Project Names James Harrison Acting Executive Director

The Food ProjectOn October 6, 2014, James Harrison, currently North Shore Regional Director, will become the Acting Executive Director, replacing Selvin Chambers who is leaving to join The Trustees of Reservations.  Involved in sustainable agriculture for over a decade, Mr. Harrison will serve as Executive Director until the Board of Trustees identifies a new permanent executive director.

Ten-Year TFP Veteran and North Shore Community Leader Harrison to Replace Departing ED Selvin Chambers

The Food Project announced today that James Harrison, current North Shore Regional Director for The Food Project and ten-year veteran of the organization, will step in for the departing Executive Director, Selvin Chambers, who has taken a role with The Trustees of Reservations. Harrison begins his tenure as the Acting Executive Director of The Food Project on October 6.

Selvin Chambers - Lasting Impact

Chambers leaves The Food Project after a successful tenure, which included the establishment of an effective new regional model for programs and service, as well as the implementation of significant improvements to its curriculum. Chambers also encouraged a strong presence in the regional dialogue around food access and food system issues—an initiative that Harrison helped foster and will continue to cultivate as Acting Executive Director.

“It is difficult leaving the Food Project and the wonderful work that happens here,” Chambers said. “I have had the privilege to work with a strong board and a talented and dedicated staff. What we have accomplished over the last several years in the Greater Boston and North Shore regions has fundamentally improved the way we serve and partner with communities, and has resulted in providing quality programming and better community engagement.”

James Harrison - New Role

Mr. Harrison, known as "J", has a long history in sustainable agriculture.
J is seen as a community leader who has laid the foundation for the expansion of the youth programs on the North Shore and has been invaluable in establishing the farm sites in Beverly, Lynn, and most recently Wenham, MA.

“After ten years at The Food Project, I am still continually amazed by the transformations that happen here on a daily basis. Young people from across the divides of race, class, gender, and geography come to The Food Project not sure of how they fit into the world, and emerge as strong, confident leaders and agents of change,” Harrison said. “The Food Project is a place of growth, transformation, and hope, and it is such an honor to serve as the Acting Executive Director.”

Harrison begins his appointment on October 6 and will remain as Acting Executive Director until a national search for a permanent Executive Director, conducted by The Food Project’s Board of Trustees, is complete.

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Posted: August 26, 2014    Nancy J Conrad