Congratulations to the Spring 2019 Community Food Systems Mentees!


The Spring 2019 Community Food Systems Mentorship cohort is underway, with 28 food systems leaders from across the country working with one of nine mentors and food systems experts! This is a beautifully diverse cohort with over half of the group identifying as African American, Afrikan, Moor, Native American, Latinx, Xicana, Asian or Pacific Islander. Mentees come from 19 different states, and 3 mentees each are based in Mississippi and North Carolina. Their communities are urban centers like Brooklyn, NY and San Diego, CA, and more rural areas like Kykotsmovi, AZ and McCool, MS.

These individuals are already contributing to the national good food movement through their work and will unleash more of their power to effect change with the support of a mentor. This is an incredible opportunity to grow personally as well as professionally, while having support and guidance from a fellow food systems leader. Mentors bring with them unique skillsets, experiences, and insight, and will help mentees discover the solutions that lie within themselves and their communities. Click the links below to learn more about each mentor and mentee.

Mentor:  A-dae Romero-Briones

Lauren Wood, Georgia Organics, Atlanta, GA
Kathy Engle-Dulac, The Institute for Community Research, Hartford, CT
Jacob Joseph Davis, Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota, Fargo, ND
 

Mentor: Amy Kincaid

Maureen McNamara Best, Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP), Roanoke, VA
David Vaina, Treasure Coast Food Bank, Ft. Pierce, FL
Lilian Hill, Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture Institute, Kykotsmovi, AZ
 

Mentor: Angel Mendez

Sundiata Ameh El, Compost Community, Tallahassee, FL
Timothy Mckinley, Global Gardens, Boise, ID
Yvonne Diaz, La Semilla Food Center, Anthony, NM
 

Mentor: Anupama Joshi

Linden Thayer and Beth Katz, Food Insight Group (FIG), Durham, NC
Catarina Rivera, City Harvest, New York, NY
Anabelle Guptill, Rosedale Freedom Farm, Rosedale, MS
 

Mentor: Karen Spiller

Lacy Stephens, National Farm to School Network, Bozeman, MT
Lindsey Shaw, Society of St. Andrew, Jackson, MS
 

Mentor: Malik Yakini

Taryn Randle, Getting Grown Collective, Chicago, IL
Michael Banner, Island CultureZ, Winston-Salem, NC
Kevin Springs, Spring4Ward Incorporated, McCool, MS
 

Mentor: Miles Gordon

Mayra Hernandez, Adelante Mujeres, Forest Grove, OR
Samiha Hamdi, Fresh Approach, Oakland, CA
Megan Fehrman, Rogue Farm Corps, Ashland, OR
 

Mentor: Neelam Sharma

Anita Singh, Keep Growing Detroit, Detroit, MI
Noelle Warford, Urban Tree Connection, Philadelphia, PA
Raina Kennedy, Brooklyn Movement Center, Brooklyn, NY
 

Mentor: Paula Daniels

Shannon Connelly, Louisville Farm to Table, Louisville, KY
Jenn Yates, Real Food for Kids, Arlington, VA
Elly Brown, San Diego Food System Alliance, San Diego, CA

 

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