Lauren Gwin is an Assistant Professor and Extension Food Systems Specialist at Oregon State University, and the Associate Director of the OSU Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems. Her work focuses on policy and regulations, small-scale processing, and distribution and marketing within local and regional food systems. She co-founded and coordinates the national Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, an eXtension Community of Practice. Her Ph.D. is in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, from the University of California, Berkeley. She and her family live in Corvallis, Oregon.