Who We Are

The EFOD Collaborative is a multiracial coalition of community-anchored food systems practitioners and leaders driving food-oriented development as vehicles for shared power, cultural expression, and community asset-building.


We come together as a Collaborative to resource, support, and connect EFOD work across the U.S.


Steering Committee Members

Camryn Smith Executive Director Communities in Partnership Durham NC

Camryn Smith

Executive Director; Communities in Partnership, Durham, NC

Lorena Andrade Director La Mujer Obrera El Paso TX

Lorena Andrade

Director; La Mujer Obrera, El Paso TX

Haleh Zandi Co Founder and Co Director Planting Justice

Haleh Zandi

Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor; Planting Justice, Oakland CA

Mariela Cedeno Principal Orikaika Ventures San Francisco CA

Mariela Cedeño

Manzanita Capital Collective, San Francisco, CA

Rashida Ferdinand Executive Director Sankofa Community Development Corporation New Orleans LA

Rashida Ferdinand

Executive Director; Sankofa Community Development Corporation, New Orleans, LA

Rudy Espinoza Executive Director Inclusive Action for the City Los Angeles CA0A

Rudy Espinoza

Executive Director; Inclusive Action for the City, Los Angeles CA

Nicole Anand Inclusive Action for the City

Nicole Anand

Deputy Director; Inclusive Action for the City, Los Angeles CA

Ana Sloan Stephens

Ana Sloan-Stephens

Business Development Director; Mandela Partners, Oakland CA

Victoria Quevedo Policy Resource Coordinator La Semilla Food Center Anthony NM

V. Quevedo

Policy & Resource Coordinator; La Semilla Food Center, Anthony, NM

“It’s important for organizations to build alliances across this work and to not compete for funding – but to find ways to collaborate and build off of each other’s strengths and not be siloed in our work.”

– Haleh Zandi, Planting Justice (Oakland, CA)

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Allied Steering Committee Members

Olivia Rebanal, Chief Impact Officer; EcoTrust

Veronica Saldaña, Senior Business Development Officer; Self-Help Credit Union

Anthony Chang, Partner; Manzanita Capital Collective

Dyane Pascall, Conscious Capital Investments

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CCI Enterprises
Wallace Center at Winrock


EFOD Fund Partner Organizations

Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (Portland, Oregon)

Boston Farms Community Land Trust (Boston, Massachusetts)

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (Detroit, Michigan)

Dreaming Out Loud (Washington, D.C.)

El Departamento de la Comida (Caguas, Puerto Rico)

Fresh Future Farms (North Charleston, South Carolina)

Oakland Bloom (Oakland, California)

Project New Village (San Diego, California)

Rid-All Green Partnership (Cleveland, OH)

Paradise Natural Foods (Detroit, MI)

Residents Association of Greater Englewood (Chicago, IL)

Loiter (East Cleveland, OH)

Southeast MI Producers Association (Detroit, MI)

Hmong American Farmers Association (West Saint Paul, MN)

NATIFS (Minneapolis, MN)

Kheprw Institute (Indianapolis, IN)

Urban Growers Collective (Chicago, IL)

Black Oaks Center (Peri-urban Chicago area, IL)

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Backbone support

The EFOD Collaborative is coordinated by DAISA Enterprises.

DAISA is working alongside EFOD organizations to build awareness of EFOD by building connections between on-the-ground practitioners, conducting field research, publishing research findings, and developing strategic guidance for food system funders and investors.

For general inquiries, or for quarterly updates, please contact us using the following form.

We’ll share EFOD work across the country, updates on moving resources through the EFOD Fund, and other updates.