Steering Council

The Steering Council shares its time and expertise with HEAL to guide the organization’s overall strategy and structure. The Council is committed to HEAL’s principles, and is fully aligned with HEAL’s vision for creating a future that truly nourishes our health, our economies, and our environment.

Along with HEAL's Anchor Team, our Steering Council includes 
Devika Ghai
Organizer and Partners Program Coordinator 
Pesticide Action Network North America 
Devika grew up on a small farm in Northern India where her parents continue to grow most of their own food using traditional ecological farming practices. Upon moving to the U.S. she was appalled and mobilized as she learned about food waste, and the health and livelihood harms inherent in our global agricultural system. As a student, Devika organized and led campus workers' rights and ecological sustainability initiatives, helping to build strong multi-racial alliances around these and other social and environmental justice campaigns. She interned with PAN in summer 2010, joined the staff in 2011 and became an Organizer and International Campaign Coordinator in 2012; she currently leads PAN issue drives on corporate control and food democracy and coordinates PAN's interns and Partners Program (organizational allies). Devika identifies as Desi/Indian/South Asian and is bilingual in Hindi and English. 
Mark has led numerous successful campaigns in farm and rural policy and organizing while building an effective membership organization in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. LSP’s campaigns range from local campaigns that stop proposed factory farms and frac sand mines; to winning sustainable ag policy at the state level; to the development, passage, implementation, and usage of proactive federal policy like the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. A key to LSP’s successful approach is the practice of organizing LSP steering committees composed of LSP members directly impacted by issues (e.g. the Farm Bill), who set LSP policy priorities and decide and lead the strategies to build and wield power to advance them. Mark also initiated LSP’s membership and individual giving program, leading to continuous growth in LSP’s membership and individual giving over the past 11 years – more than 4,000 households/families are now current LSP members. For the past six years, much of Mark’s work in Minnesota has focused on working with other base-building organizations to align progressive power across the state in a new, multi-racial, multi-sector, and statewide movement for environmental stewardship, prosperous communities, and economic, racial, and social justice.
Mark Schultz
Executive Director
Land Stewardship Project (LSP)
Magaly Licolli
Executive Director
NWA Workers' Justice Center
Magaly Licolli is the Executive Director of the NWA Workers’ Justice Center. She is from Leon, Gto, Mexico. She’s a founding member of IWOCC (Incarcerated Workers’ Committee) in Arkansas, and the NWA IWW (Industrial Workers of the World). In 2013, she graduated from the University of Arkansas with a major in drama; she began her theater career in Mexico with emphasis in social justice. Her passion for social justice has changed her life. In 2014, she collaborated with El Beisman in Chicago with a project about violence against women. In 2012, she joined the #YoSoy132 Mexican movement, and was part of the International branch. Magaly enjoys living in the South mainly because the organizing work with the immigrant community is very crucial, and necessary.
Phillip Barker is the co-owner of Olusanya Farm in Oxford, North Carolina and the co-founder of Operation Spring Plant, a non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting self-help community and economic development programs and initiatives for historically underserved and other small farmers and producers. 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.
Phillip Barker
Phillip Barker
Olusanya Farms
Operation Spring Plant 
Sriram Madhusoodanan
Deputy Campaign Director
Corporate Accountability
Sriram leads the Value the Meal campaign at Corporate Accountability International, which challenges McDonald's devastating impact on children's health and our food system. He works with parents, educators, health professionals, and labor allies to demand an end to the corporation's predatory marketing practices, political interference, and "health-washing" tactics. Previously, Sriram ran grassroots campaigns with Green Corps where he built power to transition college campuses off aging coal-fired power plants and to protect pristine wilderness areas like the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. He is a 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader.
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