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What does it look like to cultivate an equitable community? How can we transform the broken nature of the modern food system through access and empowerment?

Join the Office of Sustainability and the Program for Leadership & Character for a virtual keynote lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7:30pm EST with Brahm Ahmadi, food justice advocate and CEO of Community Foods Market in West Oakland, CA.

Ahmadi will talk about environmental justice and community-based leadership through the context of his own compelling leadership journey — from activism and community organizing to nearly 20 years spent addressing the systemic issue of food insecurity through a social entrepreneurial approach.

Please register here to receive the link to the ZOOM Webinar. 

About Brahm Ahmadi:

Brahm Ahmadi is a food justice advocate and social entrepreneur working to build a healthier and more equitable community in West Oakland, CA. In 2002, Ahmadi co-founded People’s Grocery, a nonprofit organization that has attracted local and national attention for its efforts to transform inner city food systems. As Executive Director, Ahmadi led People’s Grocery in developing a suite of projects in urban agriculture, nutrition education, and youth development – including the nation’s first mobile food market.

In 2012, after earning an MBA from Presidio Graduate School, Ahmadi founded People’s Community Market to further develop his vision for a community-first food retail store that provides the programs, tools, and resources needed for residents to access healthy food options. Through a grassroots investment campaign, Ahmadi was able to raise over $2.2M, and the renamed Community Foods Market opened its doors in 2019. It became the first full-service grocery store in West Oakland in over 40 years.

Ahmadi is a Food and Community Fellow alumnus of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and is a board member of Food First: Institute for Food and Development Policy. He was born in Tehran, Iran, and grew up in Los Angeles.