Mariah Gladstone
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:22 am
CEO Indigikitchen FOCUS Mariah grew up in urban areas in Montana, only recognizing the consequence of food deserts after spending summers with her family on the Blackfeet Reservation. Diet-related health problems are prevalent in Indian Country, with half of Native youth expected to develop Type II Diabetes in their lifetimes. Forty miles from the nearest… View Article
Helga Garza
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:21 am
Executive Director Agri-Cultura Cooperative Network FOCUS Inspired by justice, guided by an ancestral ceremonial agricultural calendar, and engaging community through a holistic intergenerational approach, Helga Garza is committed to an environmental economy. Her work includes developing healthy markets that strengthen the local food system, preserving New Mexico’s historic culture, and tradition in sustainable agriculture. Through… View Article
Rex Fowler
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:18 am
Chief Executive Officer Hartford Community Loan Fund FOCUS Rex lives in Hartford, Connecticut, and works in the field of community development finance. Once the country’s richest city, Hartford is now a city with rich racial and ethnic diversity, but where one-third of its residents live in poverty, despite its status as the capital of the… View Article
Anzia Bennett
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:09 am
Executive Director Three Sisters Kitchen FOCUS Anzia Bennett is the Director of Three Sisters Kitchen, a community food space in the heart of downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, that utilizes the love and power of local food to create economic opportunity, improve community health, and bring people together around the table. She loves to cook, but… View Article
Stanley Andrisse
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:01 am
Executive Director From Prison Cells to PhD, Inc. FOCUS The U.S. incarcerates more people than any other country in the world (2.3 million people with an additional 4.7 million under supervision, with 70 percent being people-of-color). Obtaining higher education reduced the rate of returning to prison by 43 percent and was 4 to 5 times… View Article
Dwayne Wharton
Posted On July 22, 2019 11:20 pm
Founder and Senior Consultant Just Strategies FOCUS I live and work in the city of Philadelphia—a place of rich history, incredible people, and a host of big problems. Roughly one-quarter of the city lives in poverty; there are approximately 40,000 lots with little known use; in many low-income communities, finding healthy food is a challenge… View Article
Devon Riter
Posted On July 22, 2019 10:50 pm
Executive Director Lower Brule Research Institute FOCUS I work to give kids living in and around Lower Brule, South Dakota, the opportunity to ask and answer the questions that are important to them and their community. I believe that through this process they will find and build the opportunities needed to create a healthier and… View Article
Tina Tamai
Posted On July 22, 2019 10:45 pm
Coordinator, Hawaii Good Food Task Force The Kohala Center, Inc. FOCUS In a country of abundance and wealth, it bothered me that a basic human necessity as simple as good food is not available to everyone. It became an imperative to change that paradigm and create a culture that views good food as a priority… View Article
Delores James
Posted On July 22, 2019 10:23 pm
Associate Professor Department of Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida, Gainesville FOCUS African-Americans have one of the highest rates of smartphone ownership in the country. They also experience high levels of health disparities for many chronic and acute diseases and conditions. Thus, a unique opportunity exists to use mobile devices and social media to… View Article

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