New Sun Rising is happy to announce that Kayla Misera has been hired as the Community Experience Catalyst for the Millvale Food + Energy Hub.
In this role, Kayla oversees the operational and programmatic needs of the Hub. The building is a mixed-use facility, owned by Moose MODE Inc. and operated by NSR, and serves as a home base for multiple organizations with food and energy-related missions, including: 412 Food Rescue’s Good Food Project, Sprezzatura, The Food Trust, and FracTracker Alliance.
“I’m a big proponent of community led programming. I have experience with facility management, but I’m looking forward to stepping into the creative realm and pulling people into the space to create the programming that they want to see,” Kayla said. “For the people and led by the people.”
Kayla’s professional experience comes from her time as the Director of School Nutrition Programs for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, but more recently as the Director of Central Pantry for The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri where she ran a food-rescue program and development opportunities.
As the director of the food pantry, Kayla said she valued the compassionate side of the community-based work she was doing and knew she wanted to continue that work in the Pittsburgh region.
“When I saw [the Community Experience Catalyst] position, I saw an opportunity to merge a lot of the things that I love, like food, green energy, culture, and the arts,” Kayla said. “I also live in Millvale, and I think it’s really special to work in the community that you live in.”
Do you have questions for Kayla or want to schedule an event at the Millvale Food + Energy Hub? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.