Kris is a first-year Master of Urban Planning Student within the University at Buffalo’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Prior to enrolling in the graduate program, Kris attended Illinois State University, where he received a degree (BA) in Geography. After two years working in community food systems, Kris attended Syracuse University, where he completed a certificate of advanced study in Food Studies. Kris began working in the Food Lab in September of 2018. As a member of the Food Lab team, he hopes to pursue his research interests in food justice in communities of color and the impact of urban renewal by engaging communities within the Western New York region and promoting health and wellness via the food system.