HEAL Food Alliance

2021 School of Political Leadership

Team: Good Food Oakland

Elizabeth Esparza

Elizabeth Esparza headshot

Food Justice Community Organizer, HOPE Collaborative

I think that one of the most important ways to dismantle systems of oppression is to understand those systems, which have been largely created and/or strengthened by public policy. Through SoPL I hope to continue to learn ways to fight for just policies and strengthen my skills in communicating that at the community level.
Elizabeth on what SoPL means to her

Meet Elizabeth

Elizabeth’s passion for food systems work began when she started to recognize food as a place where the social and environmental intersect. Having worked to ensure equitable access to food for all in various capacities, Elizabeth has a passion for education and making information about how to address systemic injustice just as accessible as our basic needs. After years of work that spanned farms, gardens, health centers, and classrooms, she decided to pursue a degree in public policy to find a way to integrate her priority for education and community engagement with the understanding that learning about the ways that systemic change happens can help make on-the-ground work more effective and sustainable. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she focused her studies on food systems and the relationship between food waste and hunger.