Staff and Board



Larry Davis – Garden & Greenhouse Coordinator 

Larry-Davis.jpgLarry is excited to join the People’s Grocery team as its garden coordinator. Before coming to People’s Grocery Larry managed retail at Wauzi Records, which became the number one Mom and Pop store in the Bay Area.  He had the opportunity to meet many recording artists and participate in many concerts, promotions, & events. After 20 years in the music industry, he changed professions and began landscaping and independent promotions. After moving to West Oakland from San Francisco, Larry entered the Backyard Gardeners Program at City Slicker Farms and solidified his love for working the earth – he enjoys farming and hopes to do it for years to come. Email Larry


 Karissa Lewis - Program Director

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Heather Smith – Garden Coordinator


Heather is an east coast native and a healthcare professional with a passion for social justice and urban agriculture. As the Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator for People’s Grocery, she  works to share the experience of learning about, growing, preparing, consuming, and preserving vegetables, fruits, and herbs using organic and sustainable practices in order to empower people to have agency in their mental and physical health and well-being.


Heather has earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, a Master’s degree in occupational therapy, and a certificate in Permaculture design. She has traveled to Swaziland, India, and Haiti to volunteer her time and skills to promote health, education, and community development. Working with People’s Grocery in Oakland, CA, at the intersection of urban agriculture, healthcare, and social justice feels like home.




Nwamaka Agbo

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Ellen Choy

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Faron McLurkin

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Sarah Shanley Hope

Sarah Shanley Hope is the Executive Director of Alliance for Climate Education. She was formerly Chief Development Officer at Green for All, raising funds for the $5M+ national organization and positioning it as a new leader in the environmental movement. At Green For All, she grew the organization’s funding base and evolved its positioning. Prior to Green For All, she served as a Corporate Brand Manager at Cargill, as a consultant to a range of non-profit, corporate and public sector clients and as an Individual Gifts Coordinator for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Sarah received a Masters of Business Administration in marketing and social entrepreneurship from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Vassar College.


Dr. Thomas Quinn

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Bonnie Wills

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