Meet our team!
Ashley Fent
Campaigns Researcher
Ashley is an ACLS Leading Edge Fellow, conducting background research to inform and raise public awareness about ongoing campaigns and policy directions. Before coming to HEAL, she taught courses on environmental justice issues at Vassar College and worked as a researcher at Community Alliance for Global Justice, a small nonprofit in Seattle. She holds a PhD in Geography from UCLA, an MA in Anthropology from Columbia University, and a BA in Geography from the University of Washington. Ashley lives in Tacoma, Washington, on the occupied land of Coast Salish peoples. She enjoys dancing, painting, and being outdoors in the summer.
Celize Christy
At HEAL, Celize connects members to campaigns, programs and the alliance's greater network. Celize comes to HEAL's campaign and policy work by coordinating farmer-led education programming, advocating for BIPOC farmers in Iowa, and coalition building and organizing with sustainable agriculture organizations. Celize earned her B.S. in Animal Science and Global Resource Systems with a minor in Spanish from Iowa State University and a M.S. in Rural Sociology and International Agricultural Development from the Pennsylvania State University. Celize roots her advocacy efforts around the stories, voices and experiences of both urban and rural farmers of the Midwest. Celize currently lives in Ankeny, Iowa on occupied Iowa, Sauk and Meskwaki Land and enjoys exploring local businesses/shops, drinking ginger tea, and playing with her miniature pinscher pup, Luz.
Kade Diakite
Operations & Events Manager
Kade is a social grasshopper exploring and connecting any moment she can. After studying psychology, she’s worked to develop and promote programs that provide space for growth & reflection through advocacy and capacity building.

Through her passion and expertise in the operations, event planning, and program management, Kade has become a mentor and leader for many underrepresented communities across NYC and Philadelphia. Through strategic partnerships, Kade has relentlessly developed diverse programs, created unique events and driven programmatic expansion. Kade’s ability to empathize and connect with individuals comes from her West African and Muslim roots. In her work and beyond, Kade commits to creating inclusive and socially conscious spaces and amplifying underrepresented voices. If you don’t see her doing that, she’s likely traveling, enjoying music, exploring the outdoors, and eating really good food.
Eloni Porcher
Communications Manager
Eloni is a storyteller and strategic communicator who crafts messages, builds strategies and conducts research to inform communications and development for HEAL and its members. Her previous experience includes research, digital comms and media relations in global health, community development and nonprofit sectors where she specialized in gender health issues impacting BIPOC communities in the US and women across the Global South. Eloni has a B.A. in Communication Studies and minor in International Studies from Northeastern University and is currently based in the Washington, DC - Baltimore region on Piscataway land. 
En Strader
Communications Designer
En builds communications strategies to support HEAL’s campaigns and creates content for HEAL’s social media channels that educates and encourages HEAL’s partners to take collective action towards food systems rooted in racial justice that center people, communities, and climate - not corporate profits. Before joining HEAL, En led campaign and legislative strategies with Public Citizen to advance digital rights in the US, fight junk-food marketing, and expose corporate abuse. En is an artist of various mediums and believes deeply in the power of artivism, has a Master's degree in Public Policy from American University, and is currently based in Oakland, CA on Ohlone land.
Jose Oliva
Campaigns Director
With a long history in labor organizing, Jose has served in several leadership positions at Casa Guatemala, Chicago Interfaith Workers’ Center, Interfaith Worker Justice’s National Workers' Centers Network, Center for Community Change, and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United - the national organization of restaurant workers. Jose was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance a national coalition of food-worker organizations that collectively represents over 350,000 workers. Jose is also a 2017 James Beard Award recipient and a 2018 American Food Hero Awardee. 
Maleeka Manurasada
National Organizer
 Maleeka is HEAL’s National Organizer, where she builds the people power we need to create food systems that are good for our communities, good for our health, and good for the planet. Prior to working at HEAL, Maleeka mobilized coalitions to advance equitable climate policy as Co-Director of Policy at Climate Action Campaign and Chair of the San Diego Green New Deal Alliance. Maleeka has served as Director of Membership for the San Diego Democrats for Environmental Action and Assembly District Delegate to the California Democratic Party. Maleeka has also served on the Steering Committee for the California Green New Deal Coalition, the Stewardship Committee for the San Diego Food Systems Alliance 2030 Food Vision, and County Board of Supervisor Nathan Fletcher’s COVID-19 Equity Task Force. Maleeka has lived and worked in South Korea, Thailand, and Brazil, and has a B.A. from Colorado College. Maleeka currently lives in San Diego on Kumeyaay land and enjoys playing in the ocean and walking dogs in her free time.
Marla Karina Larrave
Political Education Director
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.
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Marlene Manzo 
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Political Leadership Manager
Marlene has 11 years of experience supporting community-based initiatives through the non-profit sector and in academia. Born and raised in Sunnyside, a rural agricultural town in Washington state, they spent summers picking cherries with their mother and sisters. As the child of Mexican farmworkers they have witnessed firsthand the challenges many land workers face. They hold a deep respect and connection to the land thanks to their family’s passion for farming, fishing, bee keeping, and gardening. Their commitment to community resiliency and environmental protection is their guiding force for ongoing work with HEAL. Marlene earned their B.A. in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior from the University of Washington. They are based out of Washington, D.C., occupied Piscataway territory.
HEAL Director Navina Khanna
Navina Khanna
Executive Director
Navina Khanna is a co-founder and the Executive Director of HEAL. For over 20 years, she has worked toward social and ecological justice through food and farming systems, and her leadership is widely respected for uniting changemakers across sectors and communities. Navina holds an MS in International Agricultural Development and has formal training in somatics, as a yoga teacher, and in permaculture design. She has previously served on the leadership teams of Urban Tilth, the US Food Sovereignty Alliance, Oakland’s Food Policy Council and as a member of Oakland’s Equitable Climate Action Plan Committee and the Young Climate Leaders Network. She currently serves on the board of Friends of the Earth Action and as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Food and Nutrition Security Task Force. A first-generation South Asian American living in Oakland on occupied Ohlone land, Navina’s worldview is shaped by migration and grounded in movement. She most easily finds joy immersed in soil, music, and community.
Neshani Jani
Communications Director
Neshani is the Communications Director for the HEAL Food Alliance. Neshani has over a decade of experience working in communications and strategic development at international and domestic non-profits and is excited to use art and narrative to build power with HEAL’s members. Neshani received her BA in Anthropology and Spanish from UC Davis and MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. She lives, works, and hangs out in Oakland, CA.
Nichelle Harriott
Policy Director
After 10+ years of federal policy experience working on a range of issues from pesticide regulation to building support for sustainable, organic, and agroecological farming systems and research, Nichelle joins HEAL as policy director and brings her learned experiences to help HEAL bring transformative change to the food and farm movement. Nichelle earned her B.S. in Chemistry and Environmental Science at Morgan State University and her M.S. in Environmental Science and Public Policy at George Mason University. She’s currently based in the DC-MD metropolitan area and enjoys spending time with family and taking trips to the beach.
Princessa Bourelly
Finance and Fundraising Manager
Princessa is a powerhouse with a stellar background that spans the spheres of both for-profit and nonprofit sectors, making her a financial wiz in any arena. Known for her dynamite commitment to efficiency and innovation, she is all about making a big social splash! She’s passionate about equity and inclusion and loves pushing forward healthy food initiatives for BIPOC communities. We look forward to her contributions to sustainable financial strategies that propel HEAL's mission, turning up the dial, transforming food and farm systems, and enhancing racial justice while supporting community zeal.
Rosie Fitz 
Director of Operations & Culture
Rosie comes from a lineage of landworkers and is excited to continue radically building a better food system. Her advocacy has taken many forms, including: managing the award-winning Logan Square Farmers Market for four years, producing the annual Chicago Food Policy Summit, organizing young farmers throughout the state of Illinois, and working on farms across the country. When not producing an event, Rosie has her hands weaving between the strings of a loom, color-coding her planner, or working with clay. She's based in Chicago.