Raj Patel

Fellow | Research Professor and Writer

Raj Patel is a James Beard Award winning activist and New York Times bestselling writer. He has testified about food…

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…

Eva Perroni

Fellow | Writer and Activist

Eva Perroni is an Australian-based researcher and writer reporting on the frontlines of food and farming issues. At the heart of her…

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…

Simran Sethi

Fellow | Journalist & Educator

Simran Sethi is a journalist and educator focused on food, sustainability and social change. Named the environmental “messenger” by Vanity…

Nnimmo Bassey


Nnimmo Bassey (b.11 June 58) is director of the ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and member steering committee of Oilwatch International.…

Eric Holt-Giménez

Fellow | 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.

Joyce E. King, PhD

Board President | Professor of Education, Georgia State University

Joyce E. King is a graduate of Stanford University where she received a PhD in the Social Foundations of Education and a BA degree in Sociology.

Hank Herrera

Board Treasurer | Social Entrepreneur & Food Justice Activist

Hank Herrera is President & CEO of the Center for Popular Research, Education & Policy (C-PREP), which serves vulnerable communities with participatory action research, training, technical assistance and policy.

Martha Katigbak-Fernandez

Contractor | Operations Officer

Martha has worked at Food First since 1991. She currently oversees Food First's finances, administration and book production.

Rowena García

Staff | Administrative Assistant

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