GTFA Staff & Board

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The Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance is led by the following staff & board of directors:


Bill Palladino – Executive Director

BillPieBill Palladino has been involved in the Northern Michigan food system for over 25 years. He has owned food businesses, managed for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and is well-known in the region as an advisor and consultant.

Bill comes to the GTFA staff after leaving Taste the Local Difference, a social enterprise of the Groundwork Center, where he was its CEO. He formerly served on the GTFA board.

Bill’s expertise in food system development, establishing effective networks, and creating innovative business strategies, puts GTFA in a great position to redefine itself over the next year.

Bill is also a consulting partner with the International Thought Leader Network (ITLN), a corporate training and services company based in Dallas, TX. With ITLN, he specializes in assisting businesses and institutions in the implementation of change management, innovation strategies, and employee engagement strategies.

Bill lives in Traverse City and where he serves as board chair of Blackbird Arts, and volunteers for Safe Harbor, the NW Michigan Food & Farming Network, and Norte Youth Cycling.


To connect with our staff or board of directors, please use our GTFA contact form.


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