Erik Clemons: Food & Empowering New Haven

Erik Clemons: Food & Empowering New Haven


At the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT), the culinary arts have led to storytelling, job growth, and equitable development for New Haven’s marginalized neighborhoods. Erik Clemons, CEO and founder of ConnCAT, chats with us about what it has taken to address poverty in the city, and how food and health are at the center of this mission. Plus, notes on working together across non-profits, city agencies, and with Yale.

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