Hildreth England

Space Exploration Initiative, Open Agriculture (OpenAg)
  • Assistant Director, OpenAg

Hildreth manages people and potential at the Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg), and  heads the group's research in education and in the exploration of design as a lever for  behavior change in food. She's particularly passionate about inclusive technologies that give voice to the most vulnerable populations in our society, and fuses public health expertise with a talent for telling stories and designing for emotional impact. 

She's spent the last fifteen years leading communications,  policy and technology projects for underserved populations in the public and private sector, and is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty in maternal and child health.  Before joining the Media Lab, Hildreth spearheaded innovation strategy for the Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and chaired the City of Austin Sustainable Food Policy Board.   


She's a co-chair in MIT's Food & Sustainability Working Group, a designer whose work with HESTIA design lab has been featured at the Triennale di Milano, and … View full description

Hildreth manages people and potential at the Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg), and  heads the group's research in education and in the exploration of design as a lever for  behavior change in food. She's particularly passionate about inclusive technologies that give voice to the most vulnerable populations in our society, and fuses public health expertise with a talent for telling stories and designing for emotional impact. 

She's spent the last fifteen years leading communications,  policy and technology projects for underserved populations in the public and private sector, and is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty in maternal and child health.  Before joining the Media Lab, Hildreth spearheaded innovation strategy for the Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and chaired the City of Austin Sustainable Food Policy Board.   


She's a co-chair in MIT's Food & Sustainability Working Group, a designer whose work with HESTIA design lab has been featured at the Triennale di Milano, and has been a performing artist for three decades. Hildreth has degrees in foreign service from Georgetown University, in nutrition from Texas State University, and was a 2015 Food Innovation Fellow at the Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia.