Meet The Team
Qiana Mickie, Executive Director
Qiana became the Executive Director of Just Food in April 2017. She previously worked as the CSA Network Manager and the Policy & Advocacy Director/ Farmers Market Network Manager. During her tenure as the Executive Director, Qiana has made equity Just Food’s “north star” and has redefined the mission, vision, and direction of the organization. She enjoys cultivating community leadership, exploring the intersectionality of food justice, and advocating for equitable food/farm policies on the local, regional, and federal level. Qiana earned her Food Hub Management Certificate from the University of Vermont and her B.S. in Marketing from Hampton University. She serves on the Organizational Council of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), the International Council of Urgenci, as well as the boards of the South Bronx Farmers Market, The Point CDC, and Revolutionary Fitness. She enjoys speaking locally, nationally and internationally on food, social justice, and fostering a solidarity economy.
Kristina Erskine, youth Leadership consultant/ youth justice track conference co-producer
Kristina is a 23 year old artist and organizer. After successful youth engagement at the 2018 Just Food Conference she is ready to lean into cultivating youth empowerment with Just Food once again. Kristina brings over eight years of experience uplifting youth and marginalized folks around food justice ranging from farming and grassroots organizing to policy advocacy work. As and artist and organizer that is passionate about sharing the powerful lessons food teaches us about land, culture and history through art, stories and hands on learning. In all of her work, she focuses on highlighting the importance of young people challenging and redefining systems, and being agents of systemic change. As a product of youth empowerment work, she is excited to collaborate with Just Food on a project created specifically for youth that age out of programs. Kristina is currently the Corporate Program Coordinator with Free Arts NYC. When she isn’t organizing, she loves to spend her time creating art, music, and playing video games.
iyeshima harris, youth leadership consultant/ youth justice track conference co-producer
Iyeshima’s passions are food justice, fighting for youth voices to be represented in adult dominated spaces and uplifting people of color to continue raising the bar creatively. Her purpose of being an intricate teammate of Just Food is to bridge the gap between youth and adults by creating intergenerational exchanges, providing safe spaces for youth to express their own passion, skills and bravery, and by supporting youth through their visions. It is important to her that our communities are being self sufficient, self reliant and financially confident while maintaining an adequate and fair environmentally sustainable system.
Stephen hanrahan, Callen-Lorde CSA coordinator
Stephen is returning again as the CSA Distributor at the Callen-Lorde Health Center in Chelsea. He became interested in food systems in college while wwoofing on a farm in Utah, and appreciates the intersectionality of food with culture and the environment. Stephen is pursuing his Master's in Urban Planning at Hunter College, and is also an intern with the Bronx River Alliance, which has a Foodway, NYC's first edible garden, in Concrete Plant Park in the Bronx.
Shephali patel, special projects consultant
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