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News from the Home Office: Slow Food USA Appoints Richard McCarthy as Executive Director

Slow Food USA sent out this press release this morning:

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Slow Food USA Appoints Richard McCarthy As Executive Director

BROOKLYN, NY (January 8, 2013) – Slow Food USA announced today that Richard
McCarthy will join the organization as Executive Director. McCarthy has been a Slow
Food USA member since 2001 and brings 17 years of executive leadership experience in
the non-profit sector. He will begin on January 22, 2013.

“Richard’s deep understanding of both food producers and consumers and his proven
success in creating more joy and justice in communities around the US and the world is a
perfect fit for Slow Food,” said Katherine Deumling, Board Chair of Slow Food USA. “I
am thrilled that he’s joining our team and excited to see where his creativity and passion
take Slow Food USA in this next chapter.”

“I am humbled to have the opportunity to lead the organization that has inspired me for
so many years to grow community through purposeful food programs,” said Richard
McCarthy. “In that sweet spot of tradition meeting innovation, Slow Food USA provides
us all with the promise of a future where producers and consumers join hands for good,
clean and fair food for all.”

McCarthy is currently the Executive Director of Market Umbrella
(www.marketumbrella.org), an internationally recognized non-profit mentor organization
for markets, community building and sustainable economic development. Since he
founded the organization in 1995, it has steadily grown and now serves 1,250 markets
around the world. At the core of Market Umbrella is the Crescent City Farmers Market he
co-founded in New Orleans. Under his leadership, it became one of the first farmers
markets in the Deep South to accept public assistance benefit cards, resulting in a 400%
increase in the use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as
food stamps) at the market.

“I am most delighted Richard will serve Slow Food USA as executive director,” said
Carlo Petrini, founder and president of Slow Food International. “He possesses a deep
commitment to protecting our universal right to food and pleasure and is a proven
advocate for the people who grow and prepare our food. The United States has a
tremendous role – and responsibility – to play in leading the fight for good, clean and fair
food, and we must continue to build momentum to realize the world we believe in.”

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