Lia Kelinsky-Jones is a Ph.D. Candidate in Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. She has a background in project management, international development, evaluation, facilitation, and curriculum development. Her research interests focus on international development, higher education, policy, and agroecology. She currently serves as Advocacy Chair for the Science Policy, Education, and Advocacy Club at Virginia Tech where she leads a team focused on the development of policies and strategies for the Town of Blacksburg to develop a more resilient local food system. In her spare time, she is an avid cyclist and grower of both food and flowers.