Kirchner Food Fellowship announces Kate Thornton to join Leadership Team

– Kate to serve as a Program Director-

Birmingham, Alabama June 15, 2015
– The Kirchner Food Fellowship is pleased to name Dr. Kate Thornton as an additional Director for the program. Kate also serves as a Director of Global Education in the College of Human Sciences, Auburn University, and Director of Hunger and Sustainability Initiatives for the Hunger Solutions Institute.

The Kirchner Food Fellowship provides an opportunity for an elite group of student leaders from North American Universities to be engaged in investment decisions for agriculture-oriented businesses with ground-breaking technologies which can provide long-term sustainable solutions, both environmentally and economically. The selected students receive high-level mentoring from networks of investors across North America. They also work directly with the Kirchner Group leadership team and its network of thought leaders.

“Kate is an excellent addition to our team and we are honored to be able to expose our fellows to her expertise and experience” commented Blair Kirchner, Director of Kirchner Food Fellowship. “Her wealth of knowledge around issues related to hunger and food security will be a tremendous asset to our program.”

The Hunger Solutions Institute is a founding partner of Kirchner Food Fellowship and seeks to share knowledge and best practices in the fight against hunger and malnutrition by creating multi-sector partnerships to solve hunger at the community, state and global levels.

Kirchner Food Fellowship
The Kirchner Food Fellowship believes it is vital for the next generation of leaders to understand, get involved and aid in funding young entrepreneurial businesses which positively impact global food security. As a complement to the ongoing efforts of micro-lenders and impact funds, the program is developing and testing lean, distributed equity investment models to find, fund and support the most promising such businesses, first in North America then in developing countries where value-added capital is needed most. Central to this effort are highly-committed, student-directed investment teams comprised of the Kirchner Food Fellows and supported by the full Kirchner Group ecosystem.

Blair Kirchner
Kirchner Food Fellowship Program