Will Allen — 2015 Cleveland A. Wright Lecturer
In 2015, The Cameron Foundation launched its inaugural Cleveland A. Wright Lecture by hosting Will Allen as a guest speaker during the Foundation’s annual ceremony. Allen, farmer and founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., is recognized as a preeminent practitioner of urban agriculture, providing training and building community food security systems, in America and throughout the world. He is a past recipient of a John D. and Katherine T. McArthur Foundation McArthur Fellowship and also was named one of the 100 World’s Most Influential People by Time magazine in 2010. Over the course of two days, Allen met with community leaders and toured the local Petersburg area to learn more about some of the barriers for people living in local food deserts. During his speech, he then discussed models that other communities are employing to overcome similar challenges by increasing food production and improving access to healthy foods.