Community Food Systems Mentor Profile: Neelam Sharma


Community Food Systems Mentor Profile The Community Food Systems Mentorship Program offers Network members the opportunity to work directly with a food systems expert to support their growth, learn best practices, and connect with seasoned food movement leaders. ---------------- Neelam Sharma, Community Services Unlimited Inc. (http://csuinc.org/) Executive Director About Neelam: When I was a tween the National Front (a British facist organization) decided to have a concert in Southall Town Hall in London, where I grew up. In the aftermath of the street battles that occurred I became involved in organizing to free those who were arrested by the police. Ever since, I have been interested in and involved with community organizing against the barrage of systemic attacks against communities of color including racial attacks, police violence, employer exploitation and unfair immigration practices. When I moved to South Los Angeles about 22 years ago, I was already connected to Community Services Unlimited Inc., as one of the founders of the Panther organization in the United Kingdom in the late 80’s. I began to volunteer with CSU and also became engaged in seeking good food for my family. This led to the work that CSU has been doing for the past two decades to build a local, equitable food system in South LA. I believe in place based community driven solutions defined and spearheaded by those they seek to serve, in partnership with a broad range of individuals and entities. The world and its problems are now interconnected at an unprecedented level, our solutions while preferencing local knowledge, history and experience, must be equally embedded within a global framework. Areas of expertise: • Urban Farming • Visioning • Strategic Planning • Event Production • Community Development • Public Speaking Seeking to mentor: Community based grass roots educational and economic initiatives that challenge dominant models of thinking and doing. Visit the Mentorship Program page (under Services) to learn more! https://foodsystemsleadershipnetwork.goentrepid.com/pages/mentors

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