Craig Willingham

Managing Director

Degree Info

MPH Hunter College, BS Brooklyn College


Craig Willingham is the Managing Director of CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute where he oversees a diverse portfolio of food policy related research. Previously he worked for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Center for Health Equity where he developed and implemented strategies to make it easier for consumers to buy healthier products in food retail venues throughout the City. He has a diverse professional background that includes business management, secondary school education, regional agriculture, and technical training.


Moon, J. R., Willingham, C., Gjevukaj, S., & Freudenberg, N. (2021). COVID-19, food insecurity, and diet-related diseases: Can syndemic theory inform effective responses? A case study. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(4), 55-71.

Repasy K, Ilieva RT, Willingham C, Bringing the Good Food Purchasing Program to New York City: Barriers and Facilitators for Select Institutions. CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, New York, 2019.

Ilieva R, Willingham C, Cohen N, Morgan A, Freudenberg N. Food and the New York City Budget: A Review and Analysis of Municipal Budget Allocations in Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020. CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, 2019.

Ames, M., Ilieva, R. T., Rauh, L., Shapiro, S., Wolf, S., Willingham, C., ... & Freudenberg, N. (2019). Barriers and Facilitators to Local and Regional Food Procurement at Institutions Serving Children, Seniors, and Food Insecure Families in Central Brooklyn.

Willingham, C., Flechsig C, Freudenberg N. A (2018) Guide to Growing Good Food Jobs in New York City. CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

Freudenberg N, Cohen N, Poppendieck J, Willingham C. (2018) Ten Years of Food Policy Governance In New York City: Lessons for the Next Decade. (Fordham Urban Law Journal Symposium). Fordham Urban Law Journal, 45(3), 951.

Freudenberg, N., Willingham, C., & Cohen, N. (2018). The role of metrics in food policy: Lessons from a decade of experience in New York City. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 8(B), 191-209.

Cohen, N., Freudenberg, N., & Willingham, C. (2017). Nourishing NYCHA: Food Policy as a Tool for Improving the Well-Being of New York City’s Public Housing Residents.

Adjoian T, Dannefer R, Willingham C, Brathwaite C, & Franklin S. (2017). Healthy Checkout Lines: A Study in Urban Supermarkets. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 49(8), 615-622.e1.

Willingham C, Rafalow A, Lindstrom L, Freudenberg N. (2017), The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute Guide to Food Governance in New York City. New York, NY: CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute.