A resident of St. Paul, Nadja Berneche has served on the Saint Paul-Ramsey County Food and Nutrition Commission for six years, currently serving as co-chair. She has worked on changing policies to support urban agriculture, healthy eating, and food access at state and local levels.
She is also the Healthy Comprehensive Planning Director with Terra Soma, a strategic services firm with a specialty in food systems. In this role, a big part of her work is to bridge communication gaps. She often finds herself in the role of interpreter—explaining policy jargon to city and county planners, health advocates, and community members working to increase healthy food access. To create those long-range visions, she uses local community planning as tool to strategically identify and implement initiatives to increase access to healthy food and physical activity and to promote health equity.
Prior to this, Nadja served as the Program Director for Gardening Matters, focusing on community-based food systems and urban agriculture policy. Nadja earned her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. She enjoys chasing her 3-year old son, two elder dogs, and chickens around the garden, rooting for University of Michigan football, and making carrot pickles.