Tracy Lerman, NESAWG Executive Director, reflects on the past, current, and future food movement as part of our year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary It Takes a Region conference.


Originally from Hampton, VA and currently based in Washington D.C., Amirio Freeman is a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center. You can follow their work at


Malaika Hart Gilpin has been community and education focused for most of her life. She got her Masters in Multicultural Education and is also a Certified Yoga Instructor. She has taught for over 16 years most recently as Director of Arts at Sankofa Freedom Academy, of which she was a part of the founding staff. She is excited to have recently joined NESAWG as the 2018 Conference Manager. Malaika is also the co-founder and co-director of the One Art Community Center, a non-profit that focuses on healing and teaching communities through the arts.


Qiana is Executive Director of Just Food. Qiana’s journey with Just Food began in 2009 when she took the Just Food Community Advocacy training course. She has since served on staff as our CSA Network Manager, and after working for a local food hub, has returned to Just Food in September 2016 as Policy & Advocacy Director and Farmers Market Network Manager, and stepped up as ED in May 2017.


Immaculate Nyaigoti is Outreach Specialist at World Farmers and responsible for outreach and communication with all farmers, particularly small & beginner farmers; marketing assistance at Farmers Markets; as well as supporting with wholesale/CSA development and communication. As a first-generation immigrant, daughter of farmers, and former congressional intern for a Representative on the House Agriculture Committee, she is continuing to take steps towards finding her role in this fight against hunger and for food justice.


Aunnalea Grove has been a resident of Philadelphia for nearly 15 years. She has an M.A. in Public Anthropology from American University. She has worked in non-profit education, social services, program management, and outreach for over ten years. She currently serves as the Get HYPE Philly! Program Manager at The Food Trust. Her interest in food systems began while she served in restaurants in college, and she is excited to bring her love of youth development work and her passion for food justice together to support NESAWG.


Suzanna Urminska is the Library Coordinator of the Culinary Literacy Center. Suzanna joined the Culinary Literacy Center in 2015 and became the Library Coordinator in June 2016. As library coordinator, she develops, coordinates, and presents innovative programming, and builds and maintains key partnerships. Suzanna has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in American Studies from Yale University, and a MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.


After studying Sociology and Environmental Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Ruth Tyson has committed to building sovereign, sustainable, transparent, and equitable local food economies in communities of color. She has brought her black queer feminist analysis to work in the gardening, education, advocacy, nutrition, service, and retail sectors of the food system in DC.


Aiyana Potts works at The Food Trust as the Project Manager for the Get HYPE Philly! initiative and convenes the collective's citywide Youth Leadership Council. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a self-designed degree in Urban Sociology and Educational Studies. Over the course of 12 years, her youth empowerment experience has included teaching, program design and curriculum development, and working as a Dean of Students. Social justice, equity, and community driven advocacy are key foundational components of the work she does.


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