Tina Masciarelli, Buy Haywood Project Coordinator, is a native of Haywood County and grew up in the historic Bethel community. After graduating from Pisgah High School in 1990, Tina went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work with a minor in Women’s Studies from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Upon graduation, she dedicated a year of service to Americorps as the Director of Social Services & Community Outreach at San Miguel Middle School in Back of the Yards Community, southside Chicago. After returning to Haywood County in 2000 with her husband to raise their family, Tina has been actively involved in various community projects with local organizations such as Leadership Haywood, Bethel Rural Community Organization and the Master Gardener Volunteer Association.
In 2011, Tina completed her Master of Liberal Arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Asheville with an emphasis on sustainable community food and farming systems. Her graduate research approached the complexity of the global food system and its relationship to poverty by weaving together a solution-focused investigation into sustainable community food systems with environmental, social and economic implications. Tina joined Buy Haywood in September 2012 and has served in the leadership position since March of 2013. She supports farming and agriculture on a regional level by serving on the WNC Food Policy Council.
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