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.
Janie has a diverse professional background and brings a background in nonprofit management having managed non-profit initiatives and grant programs. This includes her work with Making Kane County Fit for Kids, a 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.
Recent work includes research with Northern Illinois University nutrition students on “Millennial Participation at Farmers Markets” and leading collaborative efforts with local farmers markets to enhance marketing and education initiatives.
Janie is a longtime farmers market customer and advocate and can be found at a farmers market somewhere, every week.