In the second half of 2016, the CFSA’s Steering Committee was changing and growing. The group saw an opportunity to recruit new members and revisit its goals and responsibilities. In December 2016, the Transitional Steering Committee was born to shepherd the CFSA into its new chapter as an “Alignment Network” (see below).
The Transitional Steering Committee is committed to organizing and coordinating the network community in its desire to find connectivity, build alignment, and move toward collective action. This group of volunteers has guided the CFSA in one way or another since 2012, taking on different structures, goals, and members to achieve our vision for an equitable, just, sustainable food system in Connecticut.
Transitional Steering Committee Members
BRIDGEPORT –Anna Greer, Sacred Heart University
Dr. Anna E. Greer, PhD, CHES is an Associate Professor of Public Health at Sacred Heart University (SHU) in Fairfield, CT. Dr. Greer is the Director of the Master of Public Health program at SHU. Dr. Greer’s work focuses on improving community health through environment and policy changes to support active living and healthy eating.
Sarana Beik, Grow Hartford Youth Program (Hartford Food System
Sarana is the Youth Program Director for Hartford Food System. She brings with her many years of hands on experience in different facets of the food system as a mother of three, a farm worker, a permaculture enthusiast, a community organizer, a long time food service employee, and fierce advocate of the mothers, children and communities who are most vulnerable in our current food system.
NEW BRITAIN –
Joey Listro, New Britain ROOTS
NEW HAVEN –
Isa Mujahid, CTCORE-Organize Now!
Founder and Organizing Director of CTCORE-Organize Now!, is a native of Bridgeport, CT. He began community organizing with ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) in Bridgeport. Isa saw how effective community organizing was at winning demands from the powers-that-be and showing community members, who may have previously felt discouraged or unsure about their own ability to bring about social change, what was possible if communities work together in an organized and strategic way. Isa continued to organize with ACORN for several years – later organizing with the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Connecticut and FaithActs for Education in Bridgeport, before forming CTCORE-Organize Now!
Melissa Spear, Common Ground
Liz Castle,Connecticut Food Justice Project
Liz Castle is the Project Assistant for the Connecticut Food Justice AmeriCorps*VISTA Project with UConn Extension. Over the past 5 years Liz has been a farm worker, youth organizer, and food justice advocate in Connecticut and New England.
Jiff Martin, UConn Extension
The CFSA has endeavored to transition from a “Connectivity Network” to an “Alignment Network” starting in 2017. The goal of the Alignment Network is to build a shared vision for Connecticut’s food system among all actors: individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies. We will also work to connect the work in Connecticut to the regional work of Food Solutions New England.
To contact the Transitional Steering Committee, email CFSACoordinator@HartfordFood.org