Just Food Staff Members
Alison Conforti, Community Food Education + Trainings Manager
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.
Alexandra Foster, Program Assistant
Alex joined Just Food during the summer of 2017 as the Farm to Pantry Intern. As the intern, she planned and coordinated the Local Produce Link farm trips as well as created and distributed outreach materials for other Just Food events. She has recently been promoted to Program Assistant. She is now responsible for maintaining connection between Just Food Community Chefs, farmers, and pantried partnered with the program. Alex's interest in food justice peaked after writing and executing a research project on urban agriculture as well as her study abroad in Italy. She is passionate about improving accessibility and education of healthy, fresh food, especially in POC communities. Alex holds a B.A. in English and Environmental Studies from Amherst College. She loves to bake and enjoys testing out different vegetarian recipes. She can be reached at alexandra[at]justfood.org.
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 qiana[at]justfood.org.