Renee Roy Elias

Manager of Strategic Programs and Research

Renee Roy Elias has worked for a decade as a community planner committed to neighborhood revitalization, health, and food security in low-income communities. Prior to joining the Network, Renee served as Principal Consultant of City Food Strategies. There, she worked with community-based organizations and public health agencies to implement urban grocery stores, community gardens, and other health-promoting community development projects. Prior to her work as a consultant, Renee served as a Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University’s Remaking Cities Institute, where she developed urban agriculture design strategies for Pittsburgh’s largest remaining brownfield. She also served as a Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s STUDIO of Creative Inquiry, where she worked with Hill House Association to develop an award-winning grocery store project in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Currently, she serves as Co-Chair of Healthy Food Access Initiatives for the Oakland Food Policy Council and an Advisory Board Member of Veggielution Community Farm in San Jose, CA.

Renee received her PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Urban Design both from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Master of Science in Human Geography from the University of Oxford, England.