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Athena Childs Fleisher

Director of Food Systems Programs

Athena Childs Fleisher is the Director of Food Systems Programs at Tanager. Having previously worked on projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, China, Dominica, & Mexico, Athena now leads Tanager’s nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems projects globally, and manages Tanger projects working with smallholder farmers in Burkina Faso and India. Previously, she served as the Healthcare Program Manager and Social and Behavior Change Communication Strategic Advisor at Nuru International, and worked as a Microfinance Business Development Specialist at Accion USA. Athena received both an MPH and an MBA degree from the University of Arizona, and a BA in International Affairs from Florida State University. She proudly served as a Public Health Extension Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Guinea. In her admittedly limited spare time, Athena helps raise chickens and grow organic fruits and vegetables for market on her family’s small farm outside Nashville, TN.