Dwayne Wharton is the Director of External Affairs for The Food Trust. He focuses on policy at the local, state and national level; developing partnerships and collaborations; and leading the National Working Group on Food & Health Equity. Prior to joining The Food Trust, Mr. Wharton served as the National Deputy Director of Friends of the Children and Director of Red Cross House. Former Director at Project H.O.M.E and the People’s Emergency Center, Mr. Wharton helped thousands of Philadelphia’s homeless citizens find housing and supportive services. He also served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the country of Mozambique and Board President of the Seybert Foundation. Mr. Wharton is the current trustee and Executive Committee member of the Kynett Foundation, board member of Philanthropic Network of Greater Philadelphia, co-chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee, co-founder of Philadelphia Black Philanthropic Network, and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program as well as Bryn Mawr’s Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute. An appointed member of the Philadelphia Food Policy Council, Mr. Wharton is the founding co-chair of the Food & Health subcommittee and was recently appointed to the Mayor’s Commission on African-American Males. Mr. Wharton received a M.A. degree in Educational Administration from Temple University and a B.A. degree in History, with minors in African-American and Latin American Studies, from West Chester University. He also was a fellow in Bryn Mawr College’s Non-profit Educational Leadership Institute.