Carrie Draper is a research associate in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at the University of South Carolina‚ Arnold School of Public Health. In that role, she leads multiple evaluation studies on public nutrition assistance programs and community-based food systems strategies. Previously, she served for 5 years as the Director of Policy and Partnership Development for the Arnold School’s Nutrition Center. She is the co-chair of the state’s Food Policy Council, a steering committee member of the state’s Food Access Task Force, and an appointed member and vice-chair of the City of Columbia’s Food Policy Committee. Her educational background and professional identities are rooted in social work and social justice.