Navina has dedicated over 15 years to creating a more just and sustainable world through transforming food systems, and in 2014, her work was recognized with a James Beard Leadership Award. With a background in sustainable agriculture and food justice, she's worked as an educator, community organizer, and policy advocate, organizing across sectors and communities. Based in Oakland, Navina serves on the Board of Richmond's Urban Tilth, advises the Real Food Media Project, and organizes with #Asians4BlackLives. A first-generation South Asian American, Navina's worldview is shaped by growing up - and growing food - in India and the US.
Laurence Jones lives with a passion for intersectional restorative justice. Raised with a framework of community outreach and activism in the Bay Area, he applies this philosophy to organizational structure, research and project management. He’s worked developing educational programs at Performing Arts Workshop and Mental Health Advocacy for in the San Francisco Bay Area and Fiscal Management for Arts based non profits in the Portland metropolitan area. He brings his love of narrative arcs to HEAL to support transitions in how we access the fundamental right of healthy food for all communities.
Neshani joins HEAL with a decade of experience working in communications at both international and domestic non-profits. Most recently, Neshani worked at the Institute of International Education, where she developed strategies to promote the work of IIE’s international offices, as well as secure funding for IIE’s 200 global programs. Neshani has long been a strong advocate for sustainable agriculture and food justice efforts, and is excited about collaborating with a national alliance of organizations working to transform our food and farm system.
Marla Karina Larrave
Political Education Manager
Marla heads up HEAL’s School of Political Leadership (SoPL) and works alongside members to build political education and alignment for a just food and farm system. Having grown up in Los Angeles with deep farming roots in Guatemala, her previous experience includes progressing community-led policy and advocacy initiatives with people of color, migrants and indigenous communities both in the U.S. and abroad. Marla holds an M.A. in International Development from American University and a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is based in Washington, D.C.
Communications & Development Associate
Zeenab Aneez is the Communications and Development Associate at HEAL. With a background in journalism and media research, Zeenab, has spent the last couple of years working in communications at a racial and media justice and non-profit. Before joining HEAL she was Communications Director at Equality Labs where she worked on promoting Equality Labs’ digital security and anti-Caste programs. She has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Madras, India and was a MA in Digital Media and Culture from the University of Warwick, UK.
Real Meals Campaign Coordinator
Kristen builds campaign strategies and organizes HEAL's partners to take collective action towards a climate-friendly food system rooted in fairness, racial justice, and corporate accountability. Before joining HEAL, Kristen led campaign and legislative strategies with Public Citizen to advance digital rights in the US, fight junk-food marketing, and expose corporate wrongdoing. Kristen is an artist of various mediums, has a Master's degree in Public Policy from American University, and is currently based in Washington, DC.