Whitney Shields

Biography

Whitney Shields, MFALP'17, is CAFS' Clinical Teaching Fellow. Previously, Whitney was a litigation paralegal at Langrock Sperry & Wool, where she worked primarily on an environmental case in Southern Vermont. Whitney hails from New Jersey and earned a BA in Theater and Women and Gender Studies from Montclair State University. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa (2010-2012), where she implemented a food security conference, and organized a reforestation project planting over 300 moringa trees. After the Peace Corps, she developed a documentary theater piece at Genesis Farm in New Jersey to explore and share the community’s relationship with their local Community Supported Garden. During this time, Whitney realized that she wanted to pursue food and agriculture work as a career. Currently, Whitney splits her time among several projects, including the Legal Food Hub of Vermont, the Healthy Food Policy Project, and research into SNAP eligibility for people with certain felony convictions.