Anchor Team

HEAL’s Anchor Team coordinates HEAL activities and events, synthesizes ideas between working groups, and provides guidance on the alliance’s core infrastructure. 
The National Black Food and Justice Alliance is a coalition of Black-led organizations working towards cultivating and advancing Black leadership, building Black self-determination, Black institution building and organizing for food sovereignty, land and justice. Kirtrina Baxter is a community organizer with both the National Black Food and Justice Alliance, and Soil Generation. As an Afroecologist, she has a passion for preserving & creating cultural traditions through nutrition, growing food, seedkeeping, and advocacy. Kirtrina is the community organizer for the Garden Justice Legal Initiative at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. She assists gardeners in gaining access to land and resources. She also organizes Soil Generation, a diverse body of urban agriculture advocates & food justice activists who help inform policy and provide gardeners with support.
The Movement Strategy Center (MSC) supports the development of local, place-based alliances that bring people together across issue, and national alliances that unite groups working on common issues. MSC cultivates transformative leadership, nurtures collaboration, and builds critical consensus and alignment on values-driven campaigns. For more than 15 years, Navina Khanna has worked toward ecological and equitable food systems, using popular education, community and electoral organizing, writing, facilitation, and policy advocacy as tools for change. She brings together leaders and organizations across many sectors of the movement to develop shared multi-issue campaigns for real food. Navina also serves on the board of Urban Tilth.

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Navina Khanna
HEAL Food Alliance
Jose Oliva
Food Chain Workers Alliance
The Food Chain Workers Alliance’s (FCWA) mission is to improve wages and conditions for workers along the food chain. This national coalition of 25 food-worker organizations collectively represents over 250,000 workers. In 2008, Jose Oliva began coordinating the Workers’ Alliance for a Just Economy, a program of the Center for Community Change. In addition to leading FCWA, Oliva founded the Chicago Interfaith Workers’ Center, and went on to become the coordinator of Interfaith Worker Justice National Workers’ Centers Network. He also served in several leadership positions at the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, the national organization of restaurant workers.

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The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most complex and daunting problems. Ricardo Salvador leads the UCS Food and Environment program, working nationally with citizens, scientists, economists, and politicians to transition our current food system into one that grows healthy foods while employing sustainable practices. He is a respected agricultural scientist, writer and opinion leader working at the center of the food movement’s efforts to shift federal policy in support of healthy food and healthy farms, with a lens of social equity. In addition to his work at UCS, Salvador advises the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, FoodCorps, National Farm to School Network, Civil Eats, Center for Good Food Purchasing, the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, and the Journal of Agroecology and Food Systems.

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Ricardo Salvador
Director, Food & Environment Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Anim Steel
Executive Director
Real Food Generation
Real Food Generation mobilizes young people for a just and sustainable food system. Anim Steel founded the organization in 2008 as the Real Food Challenge (RFC), a national grassroots campaign that harnessed the buying power of universities to accelerate a shift away from industrial agriculture and towards local, fair, sustainable, and humane sources. To date, students inspired and supported by RFC have secured over $55 million in ‘real food’ purchasing commitments. Anim Steel is the former Director of National Programs at The Food Project in Boston, MA and is a 2010 Echoing Green Fellow and current Prime Mover Fellow.

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