Steering Council

The Steering Council shares its time and expertise with HEAL to guide the organization’s overall strategy and structure. The Council is committed to HEAL’s principles, and is fully aligned with HEAL’s vision for creating a future that truly nourishes our health, our economies, and our environment.

Along with HEAL's Anchor Team, our Steering Council includes 
  • Erika A. Inwald is from Brooklyn, NY. She has worked with food service and hotel workers in four different locals in the UNITE HERE labor union. As a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center, Erika led an effort to strengthen and reinvigorate a local coalition of emergency food providers, helped coordinate the distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables to food pantries and hot meal programs, and built new partnerships with local businesses to help salvage more food for distribution in Chicago. She also worked on policy and communications regarding trade agreements, GMOs, food sovereignty, and the Right to Water at the National Family Farm Coalition. Erika graduated with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Brown University where she wrote a senior honors thesis about whether food cooperatives in New York City can increase food access in low-income communities. She is currently working toward a Master’s degree in Food Policy from New York University. 
Mark has led numerous successful campaigns in farm and rural policy and organizing while building an effective membership organization in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. LSP’s campaigns range from local campaigns that stop proposed factory farms and frac sand mines; to winning sustainable ag policy at the state level; to the development, passage, implementation, and usage of proactive federal policy like the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. A key to LSP’s successful approach is the practice of organizing LSP steering committees composed of LSP members directly impacted by issues (e.g. the Farm Bill), who set LSP policy priorities and decide and lead the strategies to build and wield power to advance them. Mark also initiated LSP’s membership and individual giving program, leading to continuous growth in LSP’s membership and individual giving over the past 11 years – more than 4,000 households/families are now current LSP members. For the past six years, much of Mark’s work in Minnesota has focused on working with other base-building organizations to align progressive power across the state in a new, multi-racial, multi-sector, and statewide movement for environmental stewardship, prosperous communities, and economic, racial, and social justice.
Mark Schultz
Executive Director
Land Stewardship Project (LSP)
Devika Ghai
Organizer and Partners Program Coordinator 
Pesticide Action Network North America 
Devika grew up on a small farm in Northern India where her parents continue to grow most of their own food using traditional ecological farming practices. Upon moving to the U.S. she was appalled and mobilized as she learned about food waste, and the health and livelihood harms inherent in our global agricultural system. As a student, Devika organized and led campus workers' rights and ecological sustainability initiatives, helping to build strong multi-racial alliances around these and other social and environmental justice campaigns. She interned with PAN in summer 2010, joined the staff in 2011 and became an Organizer and International Campaign Coordinator in 2012; she currently leads PAN issue drives on corporate control and food democracy and coordinates PAN's interns and Partners Program (organizational allies). Devika identifies as Desi/Indian/South Asian and is bilingual in Hindi and English. 
Phillip Barker is the co-owner of Olusanya Farm in Oxford, North Carolina and the co-founder of Operation Spring Plant, a non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting self-help community and economic development programs and initiatives for historically underserved and other small farmers and producers. Phillip has over 44 years of experience farming, and has long history of leadership and advocacy for small family farmers. He is eager to teach others and assist in the sustainability of the small farmer including land ownership, while helping farmers navigate USDA programs and services.
Phillip Barker
Phillip Barker
Ousanya Farms
Operation Spring Plant 
Magaly Licolli
Executive Director
NWA Workers' Justice Center
Magaly Licolli is the Executive Director of the NWA Workers’ Justice Center. She is from Leon, Gto, Mexico. She’s a founding member of IWOCC (Incarcerated Workers’ Committee) in Arkansas, and the NWA IWW (Industrial Workers of the World). In 2013, she graduated from the University of Arkansas with a major in drama; she began her theater career in Mexico with emphasis in social justice. Her passion for social justice has changed her life. In 2014, she collaborated with El Beisman in Chicago with a project about violence against women. In 2012, she joined the #YoSoy132 Mexican movement, and was part of the International branch. Magaly enjoys living in the South mainly because the organizing work with the immigrant community is very crucial, and necessary.