Wanda Stewart - Executive Director
People's Grocery's Board of Directors and Staff are proud to announce that Wanda Stewart will take over the executive director position. She will provide leadership to staff and our board of directors with a shared vision to equip residents of West Oakland with the tools of sustainability and resiliency to strength healthy people and healthy communities. It is with great excitement that we're continuing to move our organization forward.
Wanda Stewart is an urban farmer and homesteader, educator, mother of twins and comrade to many in the movement to educate and inspire others to grow their own food and communities. She is committed especially to working with other African Americans to re-frame our shared history, trauma, and greatness through the act of legacy gardening. As long time school administrator, Alameda County Master Gardener and certified permaculturalist, Wanda blends her skills in recruitment, community outreach, and program development with her passions for all people and urban farming to model, inspire, and support whole life transformations. As one of the first jobs to tackle, Wanda says,
"I want to be sure that the way we communicate with our constituents is consistent, clear, and provides a great experience - whether we're in person or on the Internet. I ask everyone's patience as we place our website under construction to meet this goal. I look forward to hearing from you about how we can best serve our communities."
Let us all welcome Wanda with open arms as we welcome 2015 with a strong vision, a passionate staff and a loving community.
Christine Hernandez – Administrative Coordinator
Christine Hernandez has fifteen years of experience lending support to nonprofits in an administrative and operational capacity. She provided high level support to faculty, staff and students at Yale University for several years, in New Haven, Connecticut, before transitioning to an organizing position with UNITE HERE! international union. Once acclimated to the local landscape, Christine identified People's Grocery as a fit for her professional interests and personal values. Christine and her husband live in Oakland where they nurture their four children and a common vision for a healthy and just future.
Larry Davis – Garden & Greenhouse Coordinator
Larry 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
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.
Kelly Curry – Growing Justice Institute Coordinator
Kelly Curry is the Growing Justice Institute Coordinator. She connects West Oakland entrepreneurs in their nascence to resources that support their growth and development; grounding them in an awareness of their own inner power beyond internalized oppression, through the lense of food justice and racial equity.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Evette Brandon has worked with a number of community-based organizations and public agencies with an explicit commitment to eliminating economic injustice, health disparities, sexism and racism. She has worked with the Community Health Academy, The Center for Third World Organizing, The Applied Research Center, Girls After School Academy, the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT), Youth UpRising, and the Alameda County Public Health Department. A grassroots fundraiser by trade, Ms. Brandon has also served as a Board member with GIFT, The Todos Institute, Conciliation Forms of Oakland, and the Alumnae Association of Mills College. Ms. Brandon received her Master in Public Health from San Jose State University.
Keba Armand Konte was born and bread in San Francisco and buttered in Oakland. He is an artist, food entrepreneur and community man. His artwork has been published widely and exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. He is the co-founder of Guerilla Cafe, founder of Chasing Lions Cafe and Founder/Lead Roaster for Red Bay Coffee Roasters. In his spare time he enjoys aquaponic gardening, judo and making vegan waffles for his family while listening to Nina Simon.
Ms. Newton is a partner and member of Fitzgerald Abbot and Beardsley’s Business & Corporate Transactions Practice Group. Her practice focuses on intellectual property and franchise matters, and she bears the Certified Legal Specialist designation in the area of Franchise and Distribution Law from the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She has expertise in representing franchise start-ups as well as established franchise systems, managing their registrations, renewals, and relationship issues, as well as defending against adverse and nuisance claims.
Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont is the Executive Director of Oakland Rising. Esperanza grew up in East Oakland where drug dealing and violence riddled the streets. Thanks to close guidance from her politically active parents, she remained grounded in the political struggle for freedom locally, nationally, and internationally. Her experience includes being a worksite organizer with SEIU Local 1000, Administrative Director for the People’s Organizing Committee, Northern California Regional Field Director for Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, and Political Director of Barbara Lee for Congress. Esperanza serves on the State Board of Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) as a Political Action Co-Chair, the 1st Vice President of BWOPA’s Oakland/Berkeley Chapter, Member-At-Large for National Women’s Political Caucus- Alameda North Chapter and is an elected 16th Assembly District Delegate to the California Democratic Party.
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.