Staff Members

Jahi Chappell

Staff | Executive Director

M. Jahi Chappell is a political agroecologist whose research combines grassroots work and solidarity, as well as social and natural sciences in…

Erik Hazard

Communications and Publications Officer

Erik started at Food First as a research intern, eventually becoming an event coordinator organizing our national book tour of…

Eric Holt-Giménez

Staff | Director Emeritus

With over twenty-five years of experience working with farmers in Central America and Mexico, Eric Holt-Giménez has been Executive Director of Food First since 2006.

Alyshia Silva

Staff | Director of Development

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Alyshia Silva became interested in urban food systems upon seeing how race, class, and gender affected her family and community’s access to healthy food options. She holds a degree in Environmental Analysis and Anthropology.

Rowena García

Staff | Administrative Assistant

Rowena García been Administrative Assistant at Food First since 2003, handling reception, inquiries, order fulfillment, royalties and database maintenance.