The Changemakers of ‘Hungry for Change’

These individuals are featured in the pages, images, and video of Hungry for Change: California’s Emerging Food Systems Leaders

Listen to nine of these changemakers share their stories on Real Food Real Stories podcast The Curious Eater.

Leah Atwood

Director of Programs, MESA; Board Member, Planting Justice; Co-founder, Wild and Radish, Berkeley

Ruben Canedo

Director of Strategic Equity Initiatives, Division of Equity and Inclusion

Sophia Cheng

Senior Organizer, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA)

Estella Cisneros

Directing Attorney, California Rural Legal Assistance

Adrionna Fike

Co-owner, Mandela Grocery Cooperative

Sammy Gensaw III

Co-founder, Ancestral Guard

James Harris

Loan Advisor, Farm Service Agency (FSA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Breanna Hawkins

Policy Director, Los Angeles Food Policy Center (LAFPC)

Janaki Jagannath

Former Coordinator, Community Alliance for Agroecology

Saqib Keval

Co-founder, People's Kitchen Collective

Kristyn Leach

Founder, Namu Farm

Nikiko Masumoto

Farmer, Masumoto Family Farm

Mai Nguyen

Founder, Asian American Farmers Alliance; Co-founder, California Grain Campaign; California Organizer, National Young Farmers Coalition

Aviva Paley

Senior Director and Founding Team Member, Kitchens for Good

Nare Park

Outreach Specialist, API Forward Movement; Former Program Associate, Los Angeles Food Policy Council

Sarah Ramirez

Former Executive Director, FoodLink Tulare County; Co-founder, Be Healthy Tulare

Anthony Reyes

Farm Manager, Homeless Garden Project

Shakirah Simley

Co-founder, Nourish|Resist; Acting Executive Director, Southeast Community Center, San Francisco Public Utilities Commision

Rachel Sumekh

Co-founder and Executive Director, Swipe Out Hunger

Chanowk Yisrael

Co-owner, Yisrael Family Farm