Just Food Staff Members
Alison Conforti, Program Manager, Food Education and Farm-to-Pantry
Alison joined the Just Food team in 2016. As the Program Manager, Food Education and Farm-to-Pantry, she helps bring local produce to food pantries in all five boroughs of New York City. Alison's diverse background includes managing wellness outreach initiatives for population health programming, conducting food, nutrition and health education programs for individuals and community groups, and working in a broad range of public health and advocacy programs for low income New Yorkers. Alison has been a volunteer in the Just Food community since 2009 as a Crown Heights CSA core group member, CSA community chef and Farm-to-Pantry Spanish language translator intern. She got her MPH with a concentration in Nutrition from CUNY School of Public Health, is a Certified Holistic Health Coach from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a Registered Yoga Teacher, and prefers bike riding to other modes of transportation. She can be reached at 212.645.9880, ext. 227 or e-mail: alison[at]justfood.org.
Assefash Makonnen, Program Coordinator
Assefash joined Just Food in 2017 as the Program Coordinator for the Food Education and Farm-to-Pantry programs. Her food justice work began in 2015 as a participant in Soul Fire Farm's Black and Latino Farmers Immersion program. Since then, she has been working with Hattie Carthan Community Market and Garden as a volunteer and community member. Food has always been a strong part of how Assefash identified family and held culture. She is committed to increasing access to and agency over food production, particularly for black and brown communities that experience food apartheid. Assefash holds a BA from Vassar College in Africana Studies and Urban Studies, loves to dance, and tries to work with herbal medicine as much as possible. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assefash uses she/her pronouns.
Qiana Mickie, Executive Director
Qiana’s journey with Just Food began in 2009 when she took the Just Food Community Advocacy training course. She has since served on staff as our CSA Network Manager, and after working for a local food hub, has returned to Just Food in September 2016 as Policy & Advocacy Director and Farmers Market Network Manager, and stepped up as ED in May 2017. She is a veteran advocate for sustainable and equitable food and farm policies on the local, regional, and federal level and leads Just Food's trainings on advocacy and how to launch new community-run farmers' markets and CSAs. Qiana earned her Food Hub Management Certificate from the University of Vermont in October 2015 and her B.S. in Marketing from Hampton University. She is a member of the Peas and Justice Collaborative and the Alliance for Food and Racial Equity (AFRE), and recently served on the Organizational Council of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). Qiana loves being an active CSA member, practicing Vinyasa yoga, and serves on the boards of The Point CDC, Revolutionary Fitness, and the South Bronx Farmers Market. She can be reached at 212-645-9800, ext.237 or email: qiana[at]justfood.org.
Emilie Miyauchi, CSA and Farm Network Manger
As CSA and Farm Network Manager, Emilie supports the CSA community by coordinating workshops, skillshares, and discussions focused on developing strategies to make CSA strong, vibrant, and accessible. Emilie first joined Just Food as the organization’s Food Education Assistant in 2015. She brings five years of farming and artisanal food production experience in the Hudson Valley to her role in growing connections between rural and urban food systems. In addition to growing and eating sustainably, Emilie is passionate about environmental stewardship. She spent three years crewing on-board ship-based classrooms in the Mid-Atlantic and New England teaching watershed conservation and sail handling. Emilie holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Interdisciplinary Sculpture. She can be reached at 212-645-9881, ext 244 or e-mail: email@example.com.