Janie Maxwell, MS, RDN, LDN
Executive Director, ILFMA
Janie is the Executive Director for the Illinois Farmers Market Association. She is passionate about expanding local foods and farmers’ markets. As a Registered Dietitian, she believes strongly in the health value of local food and advocates for local food by building systems that highlight the economic value of markets to communities and farmers.
In her most recent work with Making Kane County Fit for Kids, as a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Kids Healthy Communities Grant, Fit for Kids became a nationally recognized leader in creating a culture of health in part by improving access to healthy food through Farmers Markets and community gardens. Janie is a strong advocate for Link acceptance at markets and worked closely with the Aurora Farmers Market and the Elgin Harvest Market to initiate Link acceptance. Janie brings a background in managing grants and in nonprofit management having managed non-profit initiatives and programs. She is also a nutrition instructor at Northern Illinois University, Department of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences.