Pilot Light

Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn of Pilot Light talks about helping kids make healthier choices by connecting the lessons they learn in their classrooms to the foods they eat on their lunch trays, at home, and in their communities.


Notes + Discussion Guide:

– Mission + purpose of Pilot Light

– How does the program work (including an amazing example with Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle)?

– This isn’t just for young students, in fact, teachers, parents, and families all benefit!

– The Family Meal program / COVID-19 response – AND how they are supporting displaced food service professionals!

The Food Education Center – Free lessons to use during the COVID-19 quarantine!

“Helping develop a healthy relationship with food.” But what does this really mean?

– Aren’t there impactful cultural lessons to be learned here too?

– Discussion around public health and health literacy

– The “Feed Your Mind (at home) Virtual Gala / November 6th


We are proud to announce a small grant of $500 to Pilot Light, a small, initial gesture in appreciation for their important work!


About Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn:

Alex is the Executive Director of Pilot Light and is responsible for leading the development of Pilot Light’s vision and strategic goals. 

Alex began her career at Harlem Hospital in New York City, where she was engaged in public health education for urban communities.  Recognizing the power of the creative arts to reach people, she began to develop and implement public health programming that harnessed music to facilitate healthy behavior change among communities. Alex went on to join the research faculty of the Neurological Institute at Columbia University, where she managed two federally-funded community-based studies. Alex has served as a Trustee for the Society for Public Health Education and on the Board of Directors of Hip Hop Public Health.

A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Alex earned her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in epidemiology from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a doctorate in health education from Teachers College of Columbia University. She was a 2018 fellow of the University of Chicago’s Civic Leadership Academy.

Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn