Meet the 2019 SFA Steering Committee!
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI
Alex Garay (she/her) is currently a junior at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI studying sociology but is originally from a northwest suburb of Chicago. She first learned about the CIW and SFA really randomly through her dining hall and officially got involved at the 2018 Encuentro. Since then a fire has been ignited in Alex’s heart and she has begun to be more involved with various types of organizing. In her spare time Alex focuses on fighting for representation of queer and Latinx folks at CMU and loves spending endless hours drinking lavender lattes in local coffee shops. She is so excited to be on the 2019 SFA Steering Committee and ready to be a part of a community that is passionate and justice oriented!
New York City, NY
Alexis Fisher (she/her) grew up in South Florida and is currently a sophomore at Hunter College in NYC. Studying Public Policy and Chinese, she sees herself working at the intersection of labor rights and women's rights helping to create a more equitable workplace for women across the nation and the globe. In high school, she spent some time in Belle Glade (a farming community close to her home) learning about the agricultural industry there and the many injustices that the farmworkers faced. Appalled by their working conditions, she wanted to learn more about how she could be an ally to the women and men who feed our nation. She believes in the power of faith and community and is excited for the future, as she believes that the United States has the potential to be a Fair Food Nation. She is so excited to help organize for CIW and build on the movement in NYC. In her free time, she enjoys listening to live music, volunteering in soup kitchens, and calling her local Congressmen.
Annabelle Chapman (she/her) is a dual-enrolled student who is both a junior in high school and a freshman at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is currently taking General Education classes and is looking at pursuing a degree in a STEM and/or arts field. She first learned about the Campaign for Fair Food through her church about four years ago and has been active through protests and projects ever since. Her favorite things to do include reading, writing, mathematics, singing, and volunteering. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has been a huge inspiration to her and she is excited to work with the Steering Committee in the upcoming year.
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, FL
Banesa Perez (she/her) was born in Greenville, North Carolina and raised in Plant City, Florida. She is a Sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University where she is majoring in Social Work and minoring in Peace and Social Justice. She is the Secretary of the SFA at FGCU. She first heard about the CIW through FGCU SFA meetings and later became involved realizing she had a passion for advocating and social justice. She has been working alongside FGCU SFA and CIW this year participating in protests and advocating on her campus to bring more awareness to the cause. Banesa loves coffee, dogs, listening to music, and attending concerts. She is very excited to be a part of the SFA Steering Committee.
Benjamin O’Hara (he/him) is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and was born and raised in Washington, D.C. His passion for social justice and immigrant rights led him to become involved with the SFA in his senior year of high school. He went with the DC Fair Food in spring of 2017 to attend the CIW's major action in Columbus, OH. Benjamin hopes to become a labor organizer in the future. In his free time he is a huge fan of Juventus F.C. and is an avid cook. He is excited to be part of the Steering Committee this year.
University of Florida
Gold Carson (they/them) is a high school senior living in Montclair, New Jersey who is super thrilled to work with the SFA on the National Steering Committee for 2019! They were introduced to the Fair Food Program in 2015, when their mentor held a screening of Food Chains and together they subsequently started the Montclair Fair Food Alliance. As they also organize around queer liberation, justice for Palestine, Black Lives Matter, and more, they spend their time constantly demanding social and economic justice. Gold believes wholeheartedly in the power of community building through local music and art scenes, and they hope to bring that to the SFA this year. They love making zines, writing songs, riding their bike down big hills, and meeting new friends. Gold is beyond excited to be a part of the Steering Committee and to work towards a future of Fair Food!
George Washington University
Izzy Moody (she/her) is a senior at the George Washington University majoring in American Studies. She grew up in Vermont working on farms in the summer, and still digs in her campus garden. Izzy interrogated the ways in which capitalism and colonialism create food insecurity through a study abroad experience last fall, and continues to do so on her campus. (We love a student-run food coop!!) She came to know the CIW through DC Fair Food, and was literally sustained by the Coalition’s vibrance and warmth during the Freedom Fast in NYC. Izzy has been humbled and energized by this movement ever since. She is so grateful to be more deeply involved in this community through the SFA!
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Jordan (she/her/ella) is a senior at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst studying Sustainable Food & Farming. She was introduced to the work of the CIW in 2017, and began getting involved with the work of the CIW in the 2018 spring action- and has been inspired by the power and strength of the CIW and this work ever since! Working at a student-run cooperative on campus and the UMass Student Farm have informed her work in community education, seeking alternative systems to dismantle power/oppressive systems, and engaging deeply with localized food systems. She believes the power of community and justice make equitable and just food systems possible. She is honored to be a part of such a beautiful network of people and is excited to be working on the SC this year!!
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Leslie Alanis (she/her/hers) was born in Inglewood California but she has been living in Durham for 10 years. She attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studies Environmental Studies with a focus on sustainability. She first heard about SFA and CIW during her freshman year of college through a class about Latinx migration. After the incredible presentation in class, she immediately joined the cause to remove wendy’s off campus and to get them to join the fair food program. Having always been interested in food, and everything to do with it she also has a minor in food studies where she likes to focus on food access, fair food production, and sustainability. Someday she hopes to combine those three elements to improve the food systems in vulnerable communities. She enjoys cooking and baking with her family, reading, watching youtube, singing emo songs when no one is listening and indulging in Harry Potter and La Rosa de Guadalupe marathons with a nice cup of chocolate abuelita. Leslie is most passionate about immigrant rights, food accessibility, and mental health awareness. Needless to say, Leslie is incredibly excited to contribute to SFA this year!
Lis Sundberg (she/her) is a freshman at Bard College, currently studying in Germany through their Begin in Berlin Program. She was born and raised in Sarasota, FL. She has been involved with the CIW for 6 years as a faith ally. In the beginning, her Quaker youth group brought the Fair Food campaign to their regional and national gatherings. Most recently she was one of the 2018 AFF Summer interns so Immokalee is very near and dear to her heart. In 2014, she was involved in Earth Quaker Action Team’s (successful) campaign to get PNC Bank to stop financing Mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. Through the Climate Reality Project she’s lobbied for policy changes on global warming. Senior year of high school, she helped organize a school walk out after the Parkland shooting. From 2014-2018 she was an intern at Mote Marine Aquarium and Laboratory working on stewardship of marine life in Sarasota, FL. She loves science, art, activism, and advocating for the environment. She also enjoys hiking, bullet journaling, and soaking up the sun at any opportunity!
Florida State University
Lisa Moore (she/her) will graduate in May 2019 from Florida State University with a double major Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Humanities with concentrations in Anthropology, English, and Film. She is a member of Amnesty International FSU and was introduced to the CIW when this group hosted a screening of Food Chains in January 2018. That same year, she attended the Time's Up Wendy's action in New York City and the Encuentro in Immokalee. She aspires to involve more FAMU and FSU students in the SFA because she knows that together we are a powerful force for lasting social change. Lisa enjoys reading intersectional feminist rhetorical theory, going on hikes, and throwing pottery at her local art studio. She is so honored to be able to learn more about organizing from the CIW and her fellow SFA members this year!
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University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Marco Leonardo Chumbimuni (He/Him) is Peruano-American, born and raised from Caldwell County, NC. He studies psychology, social/economic justice at UNC-Chapel Hill, representing his family as a First-Generation. Chumbimuni, with his brother, represents the family's American beginning as first-generation US Citizens. He was introduced to the Student/Farmworker Alliance by a fellow classmate through the Wendy’s boycott. Growing up with immigrant parents, Chumbimuni’s Latino background felt conflicting with his American citizenship. The SFA, for Chumbimuni, is a way for him to stand in solidarity with people like his parents and to stand up for a valuable message- human rights for all. His father taught him hard work & drive alongside his mother’s teachings of compassion for others. Combined, Chumbimuni works every day to learn how to make others aware of a variety of issues; dissent against unjust institutions/laws; and standing up for the values of justice, human rights, and the pursuit of happiness. Chumbimuni is excited to be on the SFA’s Steering Committee, where he will be able to learn more about advocacy from amazing groups like the CIW and the energetic youth that drive the SFA. Chumbimuni's career as an advocate is in its infancy, and this is the starting point for his advocating career, where he is excited to learn as much as he can. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports, rock climbing, hiking, writing, and spending time with family and good friends.
Maria munguia cortes
María Iridian Munguia Cortes was born in Morelia Michoacán, MX. But she was raised in Immokalee, Fl. She is currently a third-year at Wartburg College double majoring in Public Relations and Spanish. She is involved in her school’s Service Trips where she has led two trips to Immokalee to educate students from rural Iowa about immigration, farmworker rights, child education, and poverty. Service is near to her heart and out of all the things she does at school her favorite are the ones back home where she can help advocate for the community of Immokalee, the place that molded her.
Saint Martin’s University
Megan Quiñones (she/her/hers) was born in Tacoma, Washington, but spent a great deal of time in Lakewood, Washington as well. She attends Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington with a double major in Political Science and Sociology. She first heard about the CIW and Fair Food Program during a semester exchange program in Washington D.C. and has been working to raise consciousness on the Wendy's Boycott since returning home. She has become especially passionate about food justice while in college and has past organizing experience in adjunct faculty unionization and Black Lives Matter. She looks forward to learning more about organizing and labor rights. She enjoys a variety of coffees, binge-watching any holiday baking show, socks with animals on them, and craft projects. She is most passionate about food justice, anti-racism efforts, and the environment. She is thrilled to learn, grow, and share as a part of the SFA 2019 Steering Committee.
Nico (he/him/el) is Chilean-American and was raised in Los Angeles, CA; Santiago, Chile; and La Madera, New Mexico. As a high schooler in Chile, he got involved with student protests making videos and large-scale art and fell in love with organizing. Now a junior studying Literary Arts at Brown University in Providence, RI, he became involved with the fight for fair food through an environmental studies class TA’ed by steering committee member Tali Ginsburg <3. He took a semester-long leave from Brown in Fall 2018 and ended up interning with the AFF in Immokalee. Nico drinks lots of tea and coffee and mate, dances, makes endless playlists and takes classes in anything but his major. He is so excited to bring everything he learned in Immokalee back to Brown and the steering committee, and to continue building solidarity and learning!
Nora Lawrence (she/her) is a senior at Brown University in Providence, RI, and is originally from Lansing, Michigan. She first heard of the CIW and SFA’s incredible work with the Campaign for Fair Food as a first-year at Brown in fall 2015, when she was invited to join a picket at a local Wendy’s. In addition to attending SFA and CIW actions in the years since, she has organized around labor solidarity, environmental and climate justice. Nora also loves to knit, pet cats or really any animals, watch Bake-Off, and sing. She is so inspired and energized by the work of the CIW and SFA and is ecstatic to be a part of the 2019 Steering Committee!
The Ohio State University
Rachael Birri (she/they) is a student at the Ohio State University and a leader of their #BoottheBraids campaign. She has been organizing with the CIW for the past 3 years, fasting at Ohio State and in New York and attending more actions than they can count. As someone interested in sustainable agriculture, Rachael likes to think about the ways labor rights and labor power are a critical component of sustainability. They love to talk trash about billionaires, read too many books, indulge in memes, and listen to Kendrick Lamar on repeat. She does research in soil microbiology and works at OSU's student farm. They look forward to doing this work for the rest of their life and continuing to learn from the wisdom of the CIW.
Tali Ginsburg (they/them) recently graduated from Brown University in Providence, RI, but has spent most of their life in the Midwest and Chicago. Tali started working with the steering committee in 2018, and couldn't be more honored to be back for another year of building student power around fair food! They have organized in the past around food justice, prison abolition, and Jewish anti-Zionism, but fell in love with labor solidarity work during their time at New York Union Semester last year. Tali also loves to write, sing, bake, stitch, and drink endless amounts of tea. They are so excited to learn, work, and build community with SFA and the CIW in 2019!