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. (
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. I have been an activist ever since, involved in community organizing against racial attacks, police violence, employer exploitation and unfair immigration practices. When I moved to South LA about 22 years ago, I was already connected to CSU through the creation 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 15 years to build a local, equitable food system in South LA.

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!

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