HEAL Food Alliance

School of Political Leadership

2019-2020 Cohort
"If we're not prepared to govern, we're not prepared to win"
Movement Generation
The second year of HEAL's School of Political Leadership (SoPL) supported teams of talented, passionate, food and farm justice leaders who are advocating for policies and solutions that will reimagine how our food and farm systems function. Over nine months, SoPL equipped a cohort of three teams comprised of 11 leaders with the tools, knowledge, and skills they need to lead campaigns and drive political change.

Our Cohort

The 2019-2020 HEAL SoPL leaders are teams of farmers, community activists, organizers, educators, and advocates working in diverse communities across the United States. Their work is creating pathways for a reimagined food and farm system - one in which every community has the right and the means to produce, procure, prepare, share, and eat nutritionally and culturally appropriate food free from exploitation of themselves, any other people, or the rest of the natural world.

Meet the leaders who are working to transform our food and farm systems

Urban Agriculture & Equity

Special Projects Consultant
Just Food
Farmer & Community Gardener
Kelly Street Garden
Resident Garden Manager
Kelly Street Garden

Diné Food Sovereignty

Farmer & Researcher
Diné/Navajo Nation
Executive Director 
Diné Food Sovereignty Alliance
Restorative Economy Coordinator 
Black Mesa Water Coalition
Executive Director 
Tolani Lake Enterprises

New Food Economies

Founder and General Manager
African Heritage Food Co-Op

Chief Executive Officer
Urban Fruits & Veggies

Community Health Worker
CoNect - Community Network for Engagement, Connection & Transformation

Founder, Creative & Activist 
Community Building Team