Lara Parrilla was a first-generation student who earned a B.S. in nutritional sciences from Cornell in 1999, a master's degree in public health from NYU in 2001, and then went on to become a registered dietitian. After contributing to several grassroots food justice initiatives, Parrilla accepted a leadership position in Community Nutrition at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County in 2011. Since then, her work has expanded to include supporting food entrepreneurship in low-income communities, scaling up farm-to-school programs, increasing access to community-supported agriculture, and guest lecturing in Cornell’s Master of Public Health program.
Academic Research/Specialty Areas
- Community-based planning and development
- CRP 3850/5076 Community, with FoodThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of planning. Topics vary each semester.