Today on the blog we are highlighting data analysis volunteer Geoff Cohn to learn more about his volunteer role and expertise.
How did you get involved with FFEN?
A FFEN volunteer actually introduced me to FFEN, and I’ve been involved since late 2020.
What is your professional background and experience in and how does it relate to your volunteer role?
I have a lot of experience conducting analysis and helping leaders use data and visualizations to drive change. I’m helping FFEN use data, analysis, and visualizations to guide food shelves and food banks to provide healthier, better food and use their resources more efficiently to do so.
What has your engagement or projects you have worked on look like with FFEN?
In my role right now, I use my data and analysis skills to help create snapshots for the food shelves, and I’m also working on creating a new product or service for our food shelves, or even food banks, that uses data to take a more holistic view.
How do you see your skill sets and professional experience supporting hunger relief work and food shelf engagements?
In the work I do now for FFEN I get to use my skills to improve the quality and quantity of food available for those in need. I have professional experience conducting analysis and enabling leaders to use data to understand opportunities for improvement and to achieve their goals.
Can you talk about what drew you to volunteer in hunger relief and why it is important to you?
At the start of the pandemic I was working in Africa at the largest aquaculture firm (fish farm) in sub-Saharan Africa. Their mission is to improve access to high-quality food for the everyday African by driving down the cost of high-quality protein. I really connected with this mission, but the pandemic opened my eyes to food insecurity right here in Minnesota where I grew up. Using my professional experience to improve hunger relief efforts is one of the most impactful ways I can improve the lives on my neighbors.