Alyssa M. Densham serves the Kingstowne Communion as the Director of Family Engagement. She comes to us with a dynamic and rich background in community development work and has a deep passion for helping families reach their highest potential.
For the last seven years, Alyssa has worked with food system issues to help change the food landscape in the United States. As a food systems consultant, she has worked across the country with a wide variety of partners and advocates to improve children’s health and strengthen the food system. She is passionate about changing the food conversation in this country through the application of what she calls “practical nutrition.” As an independent consultant, she provides training and technical assistance to schools and other institutions interested in enhancing their current food service programs with nutritious and delicious foods and supports communities working to improve their food system through farm to fork initiatives, food hubs, food access programs, nutrition education and policy change. You can also find her teaching adult and child-centered cooking classes, providing nutrition education at both the store and the stove.
Alyssa brings a truly international perspective to The Kingstowne Communion because of her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chad where she focused on girls’ and women’s empowerment projects including maternal and child health and nutrition and girls’ education. She was also a certified English as a Foreign Language teacher and taught 350 students in the US equivalent of 6th through 9th grade in a small agrarian village in Southern Chad. Despite her time in the classroom, nonformal education is her passion and she has a wealth of experience developing outreach programming for museums, theatres and community food organizations designed to ignite children’s passion and curiosity.
Prior to her work as a consultant, she was employed as the Mid-Atlantic Farm to School Coordinator at The Food Trust in Philadelphia, PA and a Food Acquisition Coordinator at Philabundance, one of the largest food banks in the Northeast. She served on the Executive Committee of the National Farm to School Network, the Advisory Board of the D.C. Farm to School Network and the Policy Working Group of School Food FOCUS. She has presented workshops and keynotes at conferences across the country and has published a host of articles on the topic on food systems change.
Alyssa is highly involved in the greater Fort Belvoir community, currently serving as President of the Belvoir Enlisted Spouses’ Club, the Service Coordinator for the local chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) and Stroller Warriors and is a member of Heart on a Mission. She is pursuing her Master’s of Public Health with an emphasis in Nutrition from Liberty University. A proud Army Wife and lives with her beautiful son, Keegan, and incredible husband, John and very old pug, Hyde on Fort Belvoir.