Staff

Navina Khanna is the Director of the HEAL Food Alliance (Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor), a national cross-sector food and farm justice coalition. She has dedicated over 15 years to creating a more just and sustainable world through transforming food systems, and in 2014, her work was recognized with a James Beard Leadership Award. With a background in sustainable agriculture and food justice, she's worked as an educator, community organizer, and policy advocate, organizing across sectors and communities. Based in Oakland, Navina serves on the Board of Richmond's Urban Tilth, advises the Real Food Media Project, and organizes with #Asians4BlackLives. A first-generation South Asian American, Navina's worldview is shaped by growing up - and growing food - in India and the US.

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Navina Khanna
Director
Neshani Jani
Communications Director
Neshani Jani is the Communications Director at the HEAL Food Alliance. She joins HEAL with nearly a decade of experience working in communications at both international and domestic non-profits. Most recently, Neshani worked at the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York, where she developed strategies to promote the work of IIE’s international offices, as well as secure funding for IIE’s 200 global programs. Neshani has long been a strong advocate for sustainable agriculture and food justice efforts, and is excited about collaborating with a national alliance of organizations working to transform our food and farm system. A California native, Neshani is currently based in Oakland, CA. She received BA’s in Anthropology and Spanish from UC Davis, and an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University.
Nikki MG Cole is a passionate strategist, organizer, advocate, and fundraiser for workers' rights. She is a Black woman who graduated from the University of Maryland in 2004, primarily studying African American Literature, American Studies, and Environmental Studies. She has over 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry, and began her organizing career with the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington, DC in 2009. At ROC-DC, she conducted extensive research on the institutional and structural inequities primarily effecting women, people of color, and immigrants in the local and national restaurant industries. She also organized restaurant workers to launch the first national restaurant workers corporate accountability campaign, as well as a coalition to win paid sick days for all DC restaurant workers. She later became the Executive Director of DC Jobs with Justice, where she led and supported multiple cross-sector coalitions to win policies that increased the city-wide minimum wage, wage theft protections for all, and job access for returning citizens. Nikki is the newest addition to the HEAL team, excited and ready to build power with people to reclaim their health, environments, and economic power.
Nikki Cole
Membership Engagement & Training Lead
Sara Leon Guerrero
Operations Manager
Sara Leon Guerrero is the Operations Manager for the HEAL Food Alliance. Ever since she was a child, Sara has been infected with a deep love of the natural world. In her professional life, this love manifested into 6 years as Project and Lab Manager at the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab researching native bees and their contributions to California agriculture. In that time, Sara became increasingly aware that the challenges with pollination farmers currently face are symptoms of greater issues in our food system (and beyond). This realization led Sara to HEAL, where people are furthering a movement towards a more sustainable and healthy food system that will address the causes of destructive practices instead of just treating the symptoms.
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