The Community Food Systems Mentorship Program seeks to provide emerging leaders with the opportunity to closely engage with more seasoned leaders as thought partners and coaches. The goal of this program is to create a space for experienced leaders to lend an ear to emerging leaders, and share their wisdom, knowledge, and expertise from years of practice in the good food movement. This Program will be offered twice annually, and will include 8 hours of one on one mentorship over a 3 month period for each mentee. 

This Mentor cohort represents some of the most extraordinary and dedicated individuals in this movement. You can learn more about each Mentor, their work and their areas of expertise by visiting their individual profile links below. If you find a Mentor who you believe would make a good match for your development, then please continue on to the application, found below. As you complete the application, you will be asked to select one mentor with whom you would like to work. 

Mentorship can play a critical role in the growth and development of food systems leaders. Whether it is absorbing institutional knowledge, troubleshooting challenges, or building connections in the food movement, the exchange of ideas and experience can influence us on profound levels and stay with us for years. Apply to get involved below!

Spring 2018 Community Food Systems Mentors

Amy Kincaid, Managing Director, Investing Impact and Change Matters

Angel Mendez, Director of Operations, Red Tomato

Anupama Joshi, Executive Director and Co-Founder, National Farm to School Network

Jean Chorazyczewski, Program Director, Fair Food Network

Malik Yakini, Founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

Miles Gordon, Gardens Project of North Coast Opportunities

Paula Daniels, Co-Founder, Center for Good Food Purchasing

Application Requirements

  • See the top of this page for a link to the application
  • Applicants must complete an organizational capacity assessment as part of their application
  • This opportunity is available to nonprofit 501 (c)3 organizations
  • Priority will be given to emerging leaders of color and applicants that engage with communities of color
  • Applicants must commit to working with their mentor for 8 hours over a 3 month period and submit a brief follow-up report

2018 Community Food System Mentorship Program Schedule

  • Spring:
    • Application opens January 24
    • Application closes February 15
    • Decisions sent early March
    • Program duration: March 1 - May 31 
  • Fall: 
    • Application opens July 25
    • Application closes August 15
    • Decisions sent early September
    • Program duration: September -  December 15

Access the application here.

Questions? Email with 'Mentorship' in the subject line.