A catalyst for food localization, Michael Brownlee is co-founder Transition Colorado, the first officially-recognized Transition Initiative in North America.The mission of this 501c3 non-profit organization is to build community resilience and self-reliance and to strengthen local economies through localizing the food supply. Michael is the architect behind the Local Food Shift campaign to localize regional food and farming systems, beginning in the Colorado Front Range, and is the editor and publisher of Thinking Like a Foodshed, a regional educational magazine. In response to the devastating September 2013 flood in Northern Colorado, his organization is currently organizing efforts to build a permanent relief fund to support local food producers in times of floods, fires and other disasters. He is also Manager of Localization Partners LLC, a company investing in local food and farming enterprises utilizing Slow Money principles and ethics.