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Local Food Systems Coordinator
(540) 347-2334 x7026
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Matt Coyle

Matt Coyle joined PEC in March of 2020. Before that, he founded a local online food hub, The Fresh Harvest, which connected local farmers in the Piedmont to local health conscious consumers. Before that, he was a community organizer in North Carolina and Florida, interned on Capitol Hill and served as a special assistant to the Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut. He studied National Security Policy at George Mason University and was a writer for their Fourth Estate student newspaper.

In his free time, Matt likes to cook, go hiking, kayaking and go for runs with his wife and their hyper-active Australian Shepherd, Rory.

Major Gifts
(540) 347-2334 ext. 7006
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gertraud hechl

Gertraud Hechl joined PEC staff in the summer of 2019. Gertraud has a broad background in the arts and business and serves on several non-profit boards. She holds a degree in strategic management from Wirtschaftsuniversität, Vienna, where she also studied modern languages.

Gertraud is excited to be working at a place which had been the leader in promoting and protecting the Piedmont for decades. Austrian by birth, Gertraud has lived in many countries, always returning to her farm in Fauquier county.

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