WHO WE ARE

The Center for Good Food Purchasing uses the power of procurement to create a transparent and equitable food system that prioritizes the health and well-being of people, animals, and the environment. We do this through the nationally-networked adoption and implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program by major institutions.

The Center manages the Good Food Purchasing Program, working with institutions to establish supply chain transparency from farm to fork and shift towards a values-based purchasing model.

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The Center works with national partners and local grassroots coalitions in cities across the United States to build a cohesive movement in support of Good Food purchasing.

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“Governments have few sources of leverage over increasingly globalized food systems – but public procurement is one of them. When sourcing food for schools, hospitals and public administrations, governments have a rare opportunity to support more nutritious diets and more sustainable food systems in one fell swoop.”
Olivier De Schutter, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food (2014)

WHAT WE DO

The Good Food Purchasing Program brings stakeholders from across the food chain to the same table to:

ACTIVATE POLICY

to institutionalize buyers’ commitments to Good Food and supply chain transparency.

ENHANCE CAPACITY

of local grassroots coalitions and support for local procurement policy efforts to ensure that public food contracts reflect community values.

INCREASE COORDINATION

and alignment in the food movement through comprehensive, metric-driven standards that reflect a shared vision and collective values.

SUPPORT ADMINISTRATORS

by sharing tools to make informed procurement decisions, set procurement targets, and measure impact.

LEVERAGE BUYING POWER

and increased supply chain knowledge to drive change in the food industry towards suppliers that support our values.

MEET OUR TEAM

ALEXA DELWICHE
ALEXA DELWICHEExecutive Director
ALEXA DELWICHE is the executive director of the Center for Good Food Purchasing. She previously served as Managing Director of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council from 2011 – 2015. At the LA Food Policy Council, she spearheaded the development, launch and implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Policy. From 2009 – 2010, Alexa was the Food Policy Coordinator for the Los Angeles Food Policy Task Force, working with the Task Force to produce and present to the Mayor of Los Angeles the “Good Food for All” Agenda. Previously, Alexa worked for the United Farm Workers and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Alexa has a Master’s of Public Policy from UCLA.
COLLEEN McKINNEY
COLLEEN McKINNEYAssociate Director
COLLEEN MCKINNEY is the Associate Director for the Center for Good Food Purchasing, where her focus is on the successful expansion and implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program. She enhances program processes and infrastructure, facilitates individual and group technical assistance, oversees supply chain monitoring and verification, and contributes to strategic direction of CGFP, including expansion, coordination with Governing Board and national campaign committee, resource development, branding and website development, and administration. Previously, she contributed to the Good Food Purchasing Program as a Policy & Program Associate at the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Southern California.

GOVERNANCE BOARD

PAULA DANIELS
PAULA DANIELSCo-founder and Chair
PAULA DANIELS is Co-founder and Chair of the Center for Good Food Purchasing, a social enterprise non-profit founded in July of 2015 as a national spin off from the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, which Paula founded in 2011. Paula was also Executive Director of California Central, a USC Villaraigosa Initiative, from April of 2015 to June 2016. She is a public policy leader in environmental food and water policy, with recognition through academic appointments and other awards, including the 2012-2013 Stanton Fellowship (awarded by the Durfee Foundation); the 2015 Pritzker Environment and Sustainability Education Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; the 2013 Lee Chair in Real Estate Law and Urban Planning. She has also taught at USC, and Vermont Law School.

After a long career as an attorney in civil litigation, she served as a Los Angeles Public Works Commissioner (a full-time position overseeing the Department of Public Works) and then Senior Advisor to Mayor Villaraigosa of Los Angeles. She has also been a commissioner with the California Coastal Commission, and a gubernatorial appointee on the governing board of the California Bay-Delta Authority. She is an appointee of Governor Brown to the California Water Commission, and served in his Office of Planning and Research as Senior Fellow for Food Systems, Water and Climate.

ALLISON HAGEY
ALLISON HAGEYBraunHagey & Borden
ALLISON HAGEY is of counsel with BraunHagey & Borden. She has over 15 years of experience in food law, policy, regulation, and food systems. Allison has represented Fortune 100 companies in international and national disputes and Department of Justice hearings. She has an extensive track record developing large-scale projects in the food and agriculture sector including creating and implementing federal policies generating over $1 billion in investment in over 200 food businesses. Allison led the creation of the nation’s premier food access and retail website connecting food entrepreneurs with funding opportunities, curriculum, tools, and webinars. Allison is a nationally-recognized leader, key note speaker, advocate, and author on food, agriculture, health policy, and equity.

Allison lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three kids. She is an avid runner, skier, and fair weather biker, who enjoys chasing her children with kale and strawberries from her garden.

KIM KESSLER
KIM KESSLERPolicy and Special Programs Director, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, UCLA
KIM KESSLER is the Policy and Special Programs Director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law, a newly created program dedicated to studying and advancing law and policy solutions to improve the modern food system. Previously, Kessler served as the Food Policy Coordinator for the City of New York, an appointed position in the Mayor’s Office. In this role, she coordinated and oversaw municipal food policies and initiatives, including initiatives related to improved retail access to nutritious foods, urban agriculture, healthy food procurement, and combating obesity. She also helped to formulate, and advocate on behalf of, New York City’s food policy priorities with Congress and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Prior to working for the Bloomberg Administration, Kim was an attorney at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Kessler received her J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law. During her law school career, she was elected to the Order of the Coif, and was awarded the Anne Petluck Poses Memorial Prize in recognition of outstanding work in a legal clinic. Kessler received her A.B. in Political Science from Brown University. From 2005 to 2006, Kessler clerked for the Honorable Victor Marrero of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Kim serves on the Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Leadership Board, and she is also the host of “Eating Matters”, a weekly radio show dedicated to food policy topics on The Heritage Radio Network.

JOANN LO
JOANN LOCo-Director, Food Chain Workers Alliance
JOANN LO is the Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance and was the first staff member of the Alliance when she began in November 2009. The daughter of immigrants from Taiwan, she graduated from Yale University with a degree in Environmental Biology and has organized with both unions and a worker center. In 2000 Joann was one of two staff who started the Garment Worker Center, and she organized with garment workers in Los Angeles who led a successful campaign against retailer Forever 21, memorialized in the Emmy-winning documentary “Made in L.A.” In 2005 Joann joined Enlace, an alliance of worker centers and unions and a year later became Co-Director. Joann is the Chair of the Leadership Board of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Domestic Fair Trade Association, the City of Los Angeles’ Sweatfree Advisory Committee and the Enlace Institute Advisory Board.
RICARDO SALVADOR
RICARDO SALVADORSenior Scientist & Director, Food & Environment Program, 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 sustainable 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. In this capacity, he was responsible for conceptualizing and managing the Foundation’s food systems programming. He partnered with colleagues to create programs that addressed the connections between food and health, environment, economic development, sovereignty, and social justice.

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 served as the program’s first chair. Dr. Salvador also worked as an extension agent with Texas A&M University.

Dr. Salvador has appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show and has been quoted inThe Boston Globe, The New York Times, Politico and many other outlets. Dr. Salvador was named a 2013 NBC Latino Innovator and received the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2014. He was also an author of a 2014 op-ed in The Washington Post calling for a national food policy, which is changing how many think about food and farm policy.

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.

DOUGLASS SIMS
DOUGLASS SIMSDirector of Strategy and Finance, Center for Market Innovation, Natural Resources Defense Council
DOUGLASS SIMS is Director of Strategy and Finance at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Center for Market Innovation (CMI). In 2012 and 2013, he was instrumental in the launch of the New York Green Bank and currently is working green banks in California and other states. Douglass also sits on the standards committee of the Climate Bonds Initiative, is a leader of the Green City Bonds coalition and is advisor on energy poverty to the Clinton Global Initiative. Over the past 15 years, Douglass has worked in international and national emerging markets first as a senior project finance attorney at a leading international law firm and, since 2010, at the Center for Market Innovation where he co-leads CMI and focuses on next generation energy, food, water, shelter and infrastructure investments. Douglass holds a JD from Harvard Law School and BA from Stanford University.
CHUCK SAVITT
CHUCK SAVITTFounder and Senior Counselor, Island Press
CHUCK SAVITT is the Founder and Senior Counselor of Island Press, where he was the President and CEO Until May of 2016. Island Press is the leading non-profit media company that publishes and promotes peer-reviewed books, web based content and short form literature. Chuck’s and Island’s work focused on a wide range of issues including sustainability, urban transformation, biodiversity protection, climate and food systems.

Chuck founded Island Press to accelerate the capacity of those organizations and individuals working on these issues to think and work across traditional academic and professional disciplines.  During his time at Island Press they published more than  1000 titles by leading scientists including Edward O. Wilson, Gretchen Dailey, Paul Ehrich,  Jane Lubcheco, as well as policy and thought leaders  such as Bruce Babbitt, Gabe Klein and Jan Ghel.  With each of these author’s  work, Island Press helped to introduce new ideas that changed their fields.

Healthy food systems have been a personal priority for Chuck’s work and Island Press and he was honored to be asked to join the Center’s board. He hopes that his strategic communication skills could help spread the word about the it’s important work.

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