Planting Justice Staff
Gavin raders - co-founder & Executive director
Haleh zandi - co-founder, director of education & Chair of Board of Directors
Eugene Allen - Deputy Director
Nicole deane - media & communications coordinator
paul sheldon - development director
Kelly Curry - educator
Kelly Curry is an author, publisher and social justice activist. She brings over 20 years of frontline, on the ground support of lower income communities of color through her development of life enhancing, ground shifting programs that promote health, well being and love.
A veteran of public and private foundation work in New York City, Kelly was influential in ushering in change around public children's after-school programming at the city level, which included development and successful operation of a living arts program for NYC Parks and Recreation Centers in Harlem. Through this program, Kelly worked with community kids to plant Harlem's first children's gardens.
Kelly continued this trajectory by delivering a living arts program to the the children of farm workers and homeless children in Southern California via The Living Love Foundation, where she acted as Director of Programming and Development.
Kelly is currently focused on engaging committed, creative, sustainable change around food access for the citizens of East and West Oakland. She does this work in partnership with Planting Justice where she is a proud member of the Education Team.
The Ed Team travels to prisons; high schools; elementary schools and street corners, sharing about the history of food systems in the US and blending and serving green smoothies.
Transform Your Yard Team
julio madrigal - tyy site leader
Andrew chahrour - farm manager
salvador mateo - permaculture designer & site manager
Nicole wires - permaculture designer
kevin williams - permaculture designer
julius jones - permaculture landscaper
siddiqqi osibin - permaculture landscaper & Site Leader
Alejandra Cano joined the Transform Your Yard team in August 2014. She has been contributing to the food justice movement in the Bay Area for several years and is very happy to now unite forces with Planting Justice. Alejandra grew up in Colombia and migrated to the United States as a teenager. She has kept close connection with her South American roots and has learned to flourish in community here in California. Alejandra studied Conservation & Resource Studies at the University of California Berkeley, minored in Sustainable Design & City Planning in Northern Europe, and has worked with food & social justice organizations such as the Oakland Food Policy Council, Food First, MESA, OTF, and Phat Beets Produce. Her experience in the U.S., Europe, and South America have made Alejandra very aware of the maladies and inequalities that stem from the industrialized and globalized food system. She's therefore committed to the cultivation of healthy, autonomous, and resilient communities around the world. Alejandra is passionate about healing in all its forms (mental, emotional, physical, trans-generational, +++) and tries to weave this into all her relations, include those she's co-creating at Planting Justice. Alejandra also enjoys making and sharing herbal medicine, cooking with friends, hanging out in nature, and building gardens!
maurice "Big mo" bell - permaculture landscaper & Media Apprentice
Dana Mitchell - Landscaper & Contractor
Bilal Coleman - Landscaper, Educator & Organizer
Bilal Coleman was born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland, CA. He is splitting his time at work between the Transform Your Yard team, the Education team, and the Canvass team, gaining valuable skills in each program, bringing his light to everyone on staff, and eventually discovering where his skills will best support this work. He is a parent of two and he enjoys spending time with both his children. He has a passion for health and personal fitness and giving back to the youth by sharing his personal experiences with the criminal justice system. He appreciates the way everyone at Planting Justice treats each other like family and has supported and accepted him as part of the family.
darryl aikens - permaculture landscaper
Grassroots Organizing Program
daniel alper - outreach coordinator
alisia brown - grassroots organizer & educator
patrick dunigan - grassroots organizer
vernon dailey - grassroots organizer
Anthony Forrest - Grass Roots Organizer
Planting Justice is the change I needed to change my life. I was locked up for over 25 years. I got out on a Wednesday, got married that Thursday, and started work on Monday. It's been four years now. Not only have I stayed out of prison, I've had seven speaking engagements and I made the cover of the East Bay Express! I also started my own business, a personal touch mobile detail company. I've got 10 guys on parole working for me. Thanks Planting Justice for giving me a better outlook on my life.