Noam Kimelman

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Noam Kimelman

Noam departed Boston for colder waters in 2005, when he landed in Ann Arbor in search of the Michigan Difference. After completing an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and a graduate degree in Health Policy, he continues to run a fresh food distribution company called Fresh Corner Cafe, which works to increase access to healthy food and create a more vibrant, just, and healthy local food system in Detroit. When not trucking around town delivering salads, wraps, and soups, Noam is busy engaging with thoughtful organizations working to build a more just, conscious, and equitable Detroit. He leads Friday night services at the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, where he serves as one of two liaisons to the Riverfront East Congregational Initiative, a network of 17 congregations working to build a more empowered and participatory Eastside. He serves on the Steering Committee of Foodlab, a network of good food entrepreneurs striving for triple-bottom line businesses. And he serves on the Structural Committee of the Detroit Community Co-op, a network of small businesses working to lower barriers of entry and build a more vibrant local economy. Noam is excited by the Detroit Leadership Initiative’s potential and is honored to be a part of the team.