Archives of School of Political Leadership

SoPL is Timely and Necessary: Reflections on Session 6

By Marlene Manzo, Political Leadership Coordinator, HEAL Food Alliance Twelve people joined us for the School of Political Leadership this year. In January, I was filled with anticipation and excitement of what this cohort would be like. Unsurprisingly, we had the pleasure of working with twelve loving and passionate food and farming leaders. Twelve people […]

Campaigns and Comms! Reflections on SoPL Session 5

By Bea Fry, Development Steward, and & Jazmin Martinez, Co-Operations Steward  (Advocates for Urban Agriculture) and members of the Together Honoring Earth’s Mycelia (T.H.E.M.) SoPL team Together Honoring Earth’s Mycelia (T.H.E.M) joined the School of Political Leadership (SoPL) as a team of four: Bea, Jazmin, Ren, & Viviana after undergoing – and still actively in […]

Urban Tilth Has Big Dreams for Community Health: Reflections on SoPL Session 3

By Marco Lemus, Food is Medicine Project Manager at Urban Tilth and member of the SoPL “Rooted in Richmond Food Justice” team Last month, the HEAL Food Alliance brought together our School of Political Leadership (SoPL) cohort for a dynamic session on Power Analysis & Campaign Strategy Development facilitated by HEAL’s Campaigns Director Jose Oliva. […]

Five things I learned from HEAL’s SoPL Cohort

By Marlene Manzo, Political Leadership Coordinator I began working with the HEAL Food Alliance as the Political Leadership Coordinator in February 2021. A big part of my job, which I was really excited about, was helping to coordinate the School of Political Leadership (SoPL)! The 2021 cohort is my first example of what the SoPL […]

Deconstructing Power: Reflecting on Session Three of HEAL’s SoPL

In April, the HEAL Food Alliance brought together our four teams of 14 SoPL leaders for a dynamic session on Power Analysis & Campaign Strategy Development. For this session, we engaged the expertise of HEAL’s Campaigns Director Jose Oliva, who led the group through power mapping exercises and a discussion on deconstructing power to win […]

Personal Stories to Collective History: Reflecting on Session Two of HEAL’s SoPL

By Elizabeth Esparza, HEAL SoPL Leader & Member of the Good Food Oakland SoPL Team Storytelling was at the heart of the HEAL School of Political Leadership’s Session 2.  Remembering, roots, mother, grandma, connecting, characters, kitchen table, community, culture, vulnerability, emotions, oral history, beads. These are just some of the words that came to mind […]
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