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.
Taylor Dang, Partnerships Coordinator
Taylor joined Just Food in February 2017 as the Volunteer Coordinator Intern for the 2017 annual Just Food Conference. She became the Partnership Coordinator in January 2018 to build community through food justice education and advocacy within the Just Food Network. Taylor is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Nutrition & Food Studies with a concentration in Dietetics at New York University and hopes to later pursue an education in Naturopathic Medicine. Taylor has co-led a group of NYU students in a year-long program to study food justice conditions in NYC and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to build action plans to address food injustice issues. Taylor can be reached at taylor[at]justfood.org.
Alexandra Foster, Operations Coordinator
Alex joined Just Food during the summer of 2017 as the Farm to Pantry Intern. As 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 since stepped up as Program Assistant in September 2017 and is responsible for maintaining connections between community chefs, farmers, and pantries partnered with the program. Her interest in food justice peaked after writing and executing a research project on urban agriculture. This was further emphasized in her studies of food systems while studying abroad in Italy. While there, Alex noticed the greater appreciation for food and the environment in which it is grown, and the attention to seasonality and food waste. She is passionate about improving accessibility and education of healthy, fresh foods, 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.
Elena Tinschert, Communications Coordinator
Elena worked as an intern for multiple Just Food event since the fall of 2016. She became the Communications Coordinator in January 2018 and utilizes Just Food’s social media accounts as spaces for promoting our work, our community partners, and relevant advocacy materials. Elena completed her undergraduate degree in May of 2017 from Sarah Lawrence College, where she wrote her thesis on New York City’s food sustainability efforts. She also currently works for GrowNYC’s Fresh Food Box program, a food access initiative that enables under-served communities to purchase fresh, healthy, primarily regionally-grown produce below retail prices. She can be reached at elena[at]justfood.org.