As the senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Ricardo Salvador works with citizens, scientists, economists, and politicians to transition our current food system into one that grows healthy foods while employing sustainability and socially equitable practices.
Before coming to UCS, Dr. Salvador served as a program officer for food, health, and well-being with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Prior to that, he was an associate professor of agronomy at Iowa State University. While at ISU, Dr. Salvador taught the first course in sustainable agriculture at a land-grant university, and his graduate students conducted some of the original academic research on community supported agriculture. He also worked with students to establish ISU’s student-operated organic farm, and with other faculty to develop the nation’s first sustainable agriculture graduate program in 2000.
Dr. Salvador was named a 2013 NBC Latino Innovator and received the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2014.
Dr. Salvador earned a B.S. in agricultural science from New Mexico State University. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in crop production and physiology from Iowa State University.
Luz Calvo is a professor of Ethnic Studies at Cal State East Bay and co-author of Decolonize Your Diet: Mexican-American, Plant-Based Recipes for Health and Healing (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015). Luz holds a master’s degree in Political Science from UCLA and a PhD in the History of Consciousness from UC Santa Cruz. Luz and their partner Catriona Rueda Esquibel began to research Latinx community health and ancestral foods after Luz was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. In their work, they developed a critique of mainstream Slow Food/Food Justice movements, which too often fail to contextualize food justice in relation to colonial power and white supremacy. Luz and Catriona argue for the need to situate discussions of food in relation to decolonization, an honoring of indigenous knowledge, and a critique of food-for-profit systems.
Kamuela Joseph Nui Enos
Kamuela Joseph Nui Enos was born and raised in Waianae, Hawai’i. He received both his B.A. in Hawaiian Studies and his M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He was recently a commissioner on President Obama’s White House Initiative on Asian and Pacific Islanders. Mr. Enos is currently the Director of Social Enterprises at MA’O Organic Farms, a 23-acre certified organic farm located in Lualualei Valley in Wai’anae, Hawai’i. MA’O is a social enterprise that trains new farmers and community leaders by having them co-manage the production, processing, marketing and distribution of over two tons of high quality organic fruits and vegetables each week.
The goal of MA’O Organic Farms is to restore ancestral abundance – to empower the community, especially youth, with catalytic educational and entrepreneurial opportunities that is rooted in ancestral knowledge and that will nurture a sustainable, resilient and just 21st century Hawai’i.
Julie is faculty in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota (UMN) where her research investigates the role of microbially-driven soil processes in creating sustainable food systems. She holds an M.S. in Soil Science and Ph.D. in Agronomy and Plant Genetics from the University of Minnesota, and was an NSF Post-doctoral Fellow at Cornell University and the Soil Science faculty at North Carolina State University prior to returning to Minnesota in 2014. Julie has a passion for progressive teaching and learning in sustainable agriculture, and is a former Chair of the SAEA. Central to Julie’s teaching toolbox are pedagogical strategies that help students collectively address public needs while developing disciplinary competency and skills. She teaches the capstone course for the UMN undergraduate Food Systems major, emphasizing student learning through community-engaged experiences with Twin Cities food and farm advocacy organizations, as well as an introductory organic management course.
Andrew K. Baskin
Serving as Student Representative on SAEA’s Steering Council and the External Advisory Board of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis, Andrew K. Baskin pioneered original research as a McNair Scholar with departmental honors while earning his B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. The UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Circle along with USDA-NIFA have awarded Baskin funding to speak at conferences nationwide (UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Harvard, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, etc.) Painfully aware that our institutions of higher education perpetuate systemic oppression, Baskin gratefully acknowledges his privilege to access these networks and work to bridge this divide. By prioritizing solutions-focused leverage points for systemic change that elevate collective health, justice and sustainability in the dimensions of agroecology, food systems, and cooperative economics, Baskin cultivates a praxis of values-based systems thinking rooted in the pursuit of economic autonomy and cultural healing.
Emilia Cordero Oceguera
Emilia Cordero Oceguerais currently a farming apprentice at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Farming Systems (CASFS) in the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her farming experience comes from working in the “Granja Mollesnejta”, an agroforestry farm in the outskirts of Cochabamba, Bolivia and in “Las Cañadas”, an agroecological cooperative in Veracruz, Mexico. She has an MA degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research there allowed her to work with and learn from three different agroecological initiatives in the highlands of Ecuador.
As part of the People of Color Network and the Social Justice Forum at CASFS she looks forward to contribute in making the apprenticeship a space where the social reality of food production and the importance of environmental resilience come together to create a empowering learning experience for people of color.