HEAL Steering Council

Meet our leadership!
The HEAL Food Alliance is governed by a Steering Council comprised of representatives from our member organizations. Our current Steering Council includes leadership from the Food Chain Workers Alliance, La Semilla Food Center, National Black Food & Justice Alliance, Brandworkers, Real Food Generation, Operation Spring Plant, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Real Food Media.
Christina Spach
National Organizer, Food Chain Workers Alliance
Christina joins HEAL’s Steering Council with over decade of experience in social justice and grassroots organizing. As the National Organizer for the Food Chain Workers Alliance, Christina leads FCWA’s Good Food Purchasing Program work and is committed to supporting social and worker justice efforts grounded in grassroots solutions
Cristina Dominguez
Co-Executive Director La Semilla Food Center
Cristina is a founding director of La Semilla Food Center and is a native of the El Paso frontera. She led the transition of 12 acres of farmland into a diversified agroecological production and education farm. Cristina oversees the implementation and integration of multigenerational educational programs and regional small acreage farmers at La Semilla Community Farm. She studied ecological horticulture at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California- Santa Cruz. 
Gabriel Morales
Executive Director, Brandworkers
Gabriel Morales is the Executive Director of Brandworkers. He has over a decade of experience in the labor movement as a rank-and-file member, an organizer, and as an organizing director. Gabriel works with an incredible team of member leaders and staff organizers to support food manufacturing workers in New York City and New Jersey as they build shop-floor power through worker-led unions. Gabriel is shaping a world where workers have the power they need to transform our society and he is constantly inspired by the bravery and courage of rank-and-filers across the globe. 
Dr. Jasmine R. Jackson
Co-Executive Director, National Black Food & Justice Alliance

Dr. Jas is an applied food systems research and policy-based specialist. She partners with academic research teams, anchor institutions, philanthropic foundations, and community-based organizations to identify root causes of and develop innovative solutions to food system challenges. Dr. Jas received her master’s degree in Community Planning from Auburn University and Ph.D. in Integrative Public Policy and Development from Tuskegee University. As a New Orleans native and farmer, she has developed a unique perspective when it comes to food and the effects that it has on communities. Dr. Jas believes that your zip code should not determine your life expectancy, and building relationships are essential to creating a sustainable and just food system.

HEAL Director Navina Khanna
Navina Khanna
Director, HEAL Food Alliance
Navina has dedicated over 15 years to creating a more just and sustainable world through transforming food systems. 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.
Phillip Barker
Co-Owner, Olusanya Farms &
Co-Founder, Operation Spring Plant 
Baba Phillip has over 44 years of experience farming, and has long history of leadership and advocacy for small family farmers. He is eager to teach others and assist in the sustainability of the small farmer including land ownership, while helping farmers navigate USDA programs and services.
Ricardo Salvador
Director, Food & Environment Program,
Union of Concerned Scientists
Ricardo leads the Union of Concerned Scientists’ 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.
Tiffani Patton
Creative + Storytelling, Real Food Media
Based in Oakland, CA, Tiffani is an advocate for just food systems who is particularly motivated by the nexus of race and food. She holds an MBA and an MPA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. Tiffani brings years of active engagement in food policy discussions, event organizing, storytelling for change, facilitating important discussions around food system transformation, and the connection of art, music, and culture to food in the Bay Area and beyond.