Nora Chovanec is a marketing specialist, graphic designer, multimedia producer and environmentalist. Her experience spans work on food systems, sustainability design, species advocacy, environmental justice, globalization, and urban/rural development. She holds a BFA in Fine Art (with concentrations in photography and printmaking) from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a BA in International Women’s Studies from Tufts University. Her background includes over a decade of work as a designer and researcher for architect Maya Lin’s science-based art memorial What Is Missing? as well as a diverse catalogue of documentary photography and video stories produced in the U.S. and abroad. Nora is currently the Deputy Director for Texas Farmers’ Market, organizer of the Austin Fermentation Festival and Design Director at Travis Audubon.
Nora’s work has been featured on the New York Times, PBS, Austin American Statesman, KUT, Bon Appétit, Domino Magazine, The Kitchn, Food52, Vice Munchies, Fathom, Extra Crispy, Edible Austin, Good Food Jobs, Hogsalt, The Edible Schoolyard and more.
Nora is passionate about helping communities build sustainable practices that support and conserve the natural environment and she believes the space for understanding and change begins with conversation and creativity. Raised an Oregonian, Nora has become a Texan by way of marriage and she loves every season Central Texas has to offer. She currently lives in Austin with her husband, the Arabic and Turkish scholar Matthew Chovanec, and the family cat, free-ranging chickens, and a plethora of pollinators in their home garden patch.