Kendra Valkema

Information Manager
Double Up Food Bucks

As Information Manager of Double Up Food Bucks, Kendra ensures program data is managed and analyzed with rigor and intention and collaborates across departments to highlight the impact of Double Up. She works closely with the Double Up Food Bucks team to practice data-driven decision making and support the ongoing expansion of Double Up across Michigan.

Kendra’s previous work and volunteer experiences ground her commitment to building a more just and equitable food system. She served as a FoodCorps service member in Washington, D.C., and helped to pilot an innovative food access model in Grand Rapids, Mich. She studied psychology and sociology at Northwestern University. Kendra grew up on the west side of the state and is embracing the opportunity to grow roots in southeast Michigan. She finds meaning in widening the circles of her life through nurturing relationships, exploring new places through travel, and listening to the stories that shape our lives and communities.