The Pueblo Food Project, co-chaired by Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar and Pueblo County Commissioner Chris Wiseman has a new Project Coordinator. Monique Marez started her new job last week. She was introduced at a Pueblo City Council meeting Monday.
A Pueblo native, Marez is a 2003 graduate of Central High School. She returns to Pueblo with decades of experience working in the food system. Marez has taken the lead in USDA-funded market initiatives that led to $140 million USD of sales opportunities for U.S. farmers. This work allowed her to conduct business in thirty (30) countries around the world. Most recently Monique finished a year of vegetable farming and animal husbandry in Massachusetts at The Farm School. She holds a master’s degree in Nutrition, Public Health and Food Systems from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in Ethics, Politics, Economics and International Studies from Yale University. Throughout her career she has worked with farmers, ranchers, supply chain servicers, retailers, government servicers, retailers, government officials, media, and eaters in an effort to create a more resilient, equitable, vibrant food system. She is eager to put her experience to work for Pueblo.