Tariq Sheriff is a member of the Business Development & Strategy team in the Deputy Mayor’s office in Washington DC. He spearheads the creation and implementation of programs and strategies which increase amenity-rich neighborhoods to address inequitable food access. Prior, he worked with the Food Policy Director and was responsible for implementing the policy agenda, commitments to international cooperative agreements, and served as an advisor for food system resiliency and programming. A former chef, Tariq led the food production operations at DC Central Kitchen and was responsible for over 6000 daily meals for public and charter schools, shelters, and childcare centers. Alongside his advocacy and operations work, Tariq serves on the District’s Food Policy Council and the Executive Committee of the DC Good Food Purchasing Coalition. Tariq is a lifelong student and holds a Master of Public Health from George Washington University, and degrees from Johnson & Wales and Rutgers Universities.