Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County is happy to welcome Ricardo Kairios to fill the role of Family and Community Health Sciences Educator (Assistant Professor). Ricardo joins the team with over ten years of experience in community nutrition and working with diverse populations with limited financial resources. Prior to joining FCHS, Ricardo served as a Senior Program Coordinator for the New Jersey Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in the Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices of Essex, Passaic, and Hudson Counties. Before joining Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Ricardo served as the Food Service Coordinator for the Head Start/Early Head Start of Middlesex County. Ricardo’s career has focused on a wide range of health promotion topics related to dietary quality, physical activity, food safety and security, food resource management, sustainable eating practices, and urban agriculture. Ricardo earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Sciences from Montclair State University and earned a Masters in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University. Ricardo is committed to community development, health equity, food justice, education, and instilling inclusive practices. Welcome, Ricardo!