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Experienced Researcher Joins Fight to End Food Insecurity in Michigan

The Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM) just added a formidable ally to pursue its vision of a food secure Michigan.

Dawn Opel, JD, PhD, assumes the role of FBCM’s director of research and strategic initiatives starting Dec. 18. Most recently, she served as an assistant professor at Michigan State University and policy research fellow in the Center for Health and Research Transformation at the University of Michigan.

“Dr. Opel’s experience, wisdom and passion for food security will help take us to the next level of effectiveness across the state,” said Phil Knight, PhD, FBCM executive director. “Dawn’s insight into how we can best serve our communities through strategic partnerships with healthcare and the state of Michigan will impact the lives of children, seniors and everyone in between.”

In addition to earning a doctorate degree in rhetoric, composition and linguistics from Arizona State University, Opel received a juris doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in history from Wake Forest University. She served as a judicial clerk in U.S. Bankruptcy Court and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Arizona State University.

Her academic and legal experiences position her to provide extensive insights into making Michigan a food secure state.

“My vision is to build strategic partnerships across sectors to improve the health and wellness of all Michiganders,” said Opel. “Data-driven initiatives, in partnership with stakeholders, will provide the infrastructure necessary for food security in our state.”

For more information about the Food Bank Council of Michigan, visit www.fbcmich.org or call (517) 485-1202.

About the Food Bank Council of Michigan

Founded in 1984, the Food Bank Council of Michigan was created to implement a unified strategy to address and alleviate hunger statewide. FBCM works with its regional food banks and over 2,800 hunger relief agencies, private companies, farmers, state and federal officials, and other allies to make sure no Michigander goes without food.