Catalina López-Ospina was appointed by the Mayor in 2016 as Director Of the Office of Food Access. Her mission under Mayor Walsh’s administration is to ensure that all Bostonians have access to the food that they need and want. The Office of Food Access is committed to building a vibrant, inclusive food culture in Boston that is reflective of the diverse residents of the City.
Catalina López Ospina was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, where she studied science at the University of Antioquia. Her work with disenfranchised communities in Colombia is what led her to public service. She moved to Boston in 2008 to be with her family. Catalina worked in the Boston Public Health Commission at the Homeless Services Bureau for four years as a manager at Serving Ourselves Farm, employing homeless individuals to produce food for the shelter and low-income communities. She started working at the Office of Food Access in May 2016.
Catalina strongly advocates for food sovereignty and access to food as a right, not a privilege. She lives in Hyde Park with her husband and cats.