Alison Kent is a second semester master´s student studying Public Administration at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. She is a recently returned Peace Corps volunteer who spent three years as a community health volunteer in a rural mountain village of Ecuador. It was there that she first starting working in the health and nutrition advocacy sector. Her interest in local food systems, sustainability, food security, and food justice has been fostered by her work as a research assistant in the Workshop on Policy Process Research at UC Denver. She is working with a team of professors and PhD students in investigating the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program (NOP) as it relates to the certification, inspection, and operation of organic farms. The team hopes to gain a better understanding of the perceived appropriateness and effectiveness of the NOP, and to learn more about how the NOP policy design impacts implementation.