Chelsea Matzen is responsible for managing all aspects of the Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC), a $4.5 million cooperative agreement between NFU and FDA. The goal of LFSC is to provide education, outreach, and training to producers and processors serving their local markets. These growers while possibly exempt from regulations are not exempt from market demands. Her work includes representing the project at a variety of meetings; reviewing project deliverables; directing trainings and workshops offered by the project; selecting, working with, and monitoring subrecipients; evaluating project activities for impact and benefit to the target audience; overseeing the financial administration of the project, and keeping up-to-date on changes to FSMA as new information is available.
She is a Produce Safety Alliance Trainer assisting with trainings on the Produce Safety Rule as well as workshops introducing food safety and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Prior to employment with NFU, Matzen was an Associate Consultant with a small Federal consulting firm, Corner Alliance. In her previous role, she supported two grants at the Department of Commerce related to public safety broadband.
Matzen graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science that concentrated on policy. She loves reading, cooking, and attending as many concerts as she can.