Carrie Draper, MSW
Director of Policy and Partnership Development
University of South Carolina Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities

Carrie Draper is Director of Policy and Partnership Development for the University of South Carolina Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities. She provides leadership in communicating evidence-based policy and practice through the creation and dissemination of a Policy and Practice Brief series. She also serves on numerous local, state, and regional entities that aim to alleviate food insecurity and advance local food systems. She is a community organizer supervisor for the COPASCities project. This initiative is designed to use community organizing methods to build the capacity of communities in strengthening local food systems.

Ms. Draper plays a key role in advancing the implementation of a state-wide healthy incentive project, “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Healthy Bucks.” She is the co-founder of FoodShare Columbia, the first produce box program in the state of South Carolina to accept SNAP and serve as a SNAP Healthy Bucks site. She is a co-principal investigator of a state SNAP education and evaluation program that was designed to better understand the current state of and future opportunities for increasing programmatic capacity to facilitate policy, systems, and environmental changes for healthy eating and active living. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work.