Esperanza Pallana

As Council Director of Oakland Food Policy Council, Esperanza has been shaping the movement across the country to transform urban food systems, through local, regional and state policy. In her role, Esperanza works on policies that impact urban agriculture, land access and low capital start ups, healthy school meals and food justice. She works in deep collaboration with stakeholders across sectors and ensures community voice is an active part of policy development. Esperanza brings a focus in environmental health and social justice to her leadership.

Contact Esperanza at epallana (at) oaklandfood (dot) org or 415.412.0585.



Christina Mitchell

As the Communications Manager of OFPC, Christina creates and shares content to support the council’s work. In addition, Christina initiates conversation with the community around food justice in Oakland. She is also the founder of East Bay Dish, where she writes about her adventures exploring local restaurants. Previously, Christina was a high school teacher and taught Spanish, World History and African American Studies.

Contact Christina at cmitchell (at) oaklandfood (dot) org.


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