Robyn Wallace, MS
Co-owner, Local Green
Robyn Wallace is an entrepreneur, data scientist, and agent for change who has dedicated her career to working at the intersection of health and analytics. Passionate about public health and community, Robyn has spent her career using data to study biomedicine, chronic health challenges and how food equity and access impact communities.
Robyn’s career focus and direction were solidified from the moment she received her first microscope at nine-years-old. A Fort Washington, MD native and Atlanta transplant, Robyn began her career in Georgia at AtheroGenics as a senior data analyst, where she utilized SAS programming to test drugs aimed at improving overall heart health. Robyn eventually landed at the Center for Disease Control (CDC), where she’s worked for over a decade, looking at chronic health outcomes across the United States. It was at this point she shifted her occupational focus from biotech to public health with a mission to study the impact of communal and socioeconomic issues on overall health and wellness.
In 2017, Robyn’s life work collided with her love for culture and community as co-owner of Local Green Atlanta, which she opened with her husband, music industry executive Zak Wallace. Local Green is a fast and casual restaurant concept with a public health mission. With its food truck and brick-and-mortar location nestled in the Westside Atlanta community, Local Green Atlanta serves up vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian options that empower customers to “Eat Well and Be Well.”. Intentionally located in what has historically been a food desert, Local Green Atlanta makes fresh food accessible and affordable. Amidst its latest expansion to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort as the amusement park’s first Black-owned food truck, Local Green continues to keep food equity, community, and taste in its foundational DNA.
Scholar, arts advocate and servant leader, Robyn is a graduate of North Carolina A&T University where she studied Laboratory Animal Science and Johns Hopkins University where she earned a Master of Science in Government & Data Analytics. Robyn serves on the Johns Hopkins Alternative Proteins Project, which works to create sustainable food alternatives and combat food insecurities and global warming. She is also a member of Jack and Jill of America, on the advisory board for Promise All Atlanta Children Thrive (PAACT), and a member of the High Museum Friends of American-American Art. Additionally, through Local Green, Robyn hosts food giveaways, food drives, and cooking classes to ensure Black and Brown communities continue to thrive.