Laureen Murugi Husband, EdD, is the Director of Public Policy and Community Engagement.at Feeding Northeast Florida, a nonprofit organization, located in Jacksonville, Florida. She is responsible for engaging with stakeholders ranging from government officials, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, schools, and community members on issues related to hunger and food insecurity in the region. She was formerly the Director of Strategic Expansion at Operation New Hope in Jacksonville where she oversaw the replication of the nationally recognized reentry initiative - Ready4Work. She previously worked for the Florida Department of Health in Polk, Duval, and Volusia counties and provided oversight over coalitions, community health programs (HIV/AIDs, WIC, Tobacco and School Health), strategic planning, community health assessment and improvement, as well as facilitating local dialogue and engagement to address childhood obesity, food insecurity, chronic disease prevention, social justice, health equity, social capital and worksite wellness through public/private partnerships.
Prior to joining the Department of Health, Husband developed, implemented and managed nonprofit programs addressing the well-being and welfare of children and women. She has extensive experience working with community groups to address socio-economic security as well as health disparities. Husband’s areas of expertise include community development, food policy, grant writing, education, cultural competency, fiscal management, and resource development after natural disasters. She is part of the Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health Cohort II. Since 2014, Husband has served as an Advisory Committee Member with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future’s Food Policy Networks project at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she works on the development of effective state and local food policy through networking, capacity building, research, and technical assistance.
Husband has published a doctoral dissertation on the lived experiences of women in poverty. She was educated at Harvard University (executive leadership certificate), University of West Florida (EdS and EdD in curriculum and instruction specializing in educational management & diversity studies), University of Kentucky (MA, diplomacy and international commerce), and Berea College (BA, sociology). She grew up in a small village in Kenya, East Africa.