Adriana’s desire to envision social equity in the food system is rooted in her personal experiences as the daughter of migrant food service workers. Prior to PAN, she worked as the Environmental Health Intern at the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), a Latino civil rights agency. Here, she was part of the Latinos Living Healthy Initiative, campaign to increase education and awareness of Latino health disparities.
Adriana first got introduced to the study and practice of Agroecology when taking part in a series of practicums, a short course on agroecology at UC Santa Cruz. This is where she got introduced to PAN’s work. As a student, Adriana organized cross cultural food systems events and taught about commodity chains and alternatives to fair trade models with student organizations. She has also been involved with participatory research at the Community Agroecology Network (CAN).
Adriana is PAN’s Policy Fellow, working alongside our Policy Director in the state capital. She is particularly interested in seed systems and farmworker issues.