Director of Communications and Marketing
Lya Wesley is the Director of Communications and Marketing, responsible for advancing ABFE’s goals through developing and implementing strategies that drive brand awareness, deepen engagement and elevate organizational impact.
Prior to joining ABFE, Lya built a successful marketing-communications career across for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She has held senior leadership positions at Sodexo, ARAMARK, United Way of the National Capital Area and the Council on Foundations.
Passionate about community involvement and food justice, Lya served as board chair of a Washington DC nonprofit working to eliminate food deserts, by planting community gardens and providing access and education on nutritive foods to all residents. Additionally, she currently provides one-to-one executive and mid-level mentoring to professionals through Menttium’s corporate mentoring programs.
Lya is a native of Los Angeles, California and earned a BA in Liberal Arts from The New School in New York City. She spends her free time studying herbal medicine, tending her vegetable garden and playing basketball with her teenage son.