Just Food Staff Members
Robin Burger, Acting Executive Director
Robin currently serves as Just Food's Acting Executive Director, and has been with the organization for more than two years planning their major fundraising and educational events, including the Just Food Conference and their annual Let Us Eat Local tasting benefit. Prior to working with Just Food, Robin spent five years working with the social enterprise Hot Bread Kitchen, where she developed a wholesale and retail bakery business that enabled the organization’s training program for immigrant women to expand fivefold. Robin first discovered her passion for food justice while working with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Poughkeepsie, NY, where she led a youth-driven community gardening program. In her free time, Robin serves on the core group for the Brooklyn Beet CSA, is a member of the Hollenback Community Garden, and listens to as much live music as is humanly possible. She also tries to keep up with her Spanish, which she learned eating and traveling her way through Mexico and Central America, and holds a BA from Vassar College where she studied economics and studio art. She can be reached at 212.645.9880, ext. 242 or email: robin[at]justfood.org.
Alison Conforti, Farm-to-Pantry Manager
Alison joined the Just Food team in 2016. As the Farm-to-Pantry Manager, 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.
Qiana Mickie, Policy and Advocacy Director / Network Manager
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 Network Manager. 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 Associate, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.