Meet some of our CAGJ activists!
Matt Canfield, AGRA Watch Organizer. Previously, Matt was the Africa-US Food Sovereignty Strategy Summit Coordinator and the Membership Co-Chair. He also serves on the North American Coordination Team of the Civil Society Mechanism of the Committee on World Food Security. He has worked in solidarity with the food sovereignty movement for the past three years, as the rapporteur for the European NYELNI Food Sovereignty Conference in Krems, Austria and the US Food Sovereignty Assembly in Oakland, CA. He has also been a labor organizer, as a leader of GSOC-UAW, the union for graduate employees at New York University. He is currently a PhD Candidate at New York University in the Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on food sovereignty and international food governance.
Masha Burina has organized at the local and national level for trade justice. She coordinated CAGJ’s Trade Justice Project 2007-2010.
Janae Choquette is an Evergreen grad and former co-chair of AGRA Watch. Her previous work as an organizer focused on the occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine as well as anti-Arab racism and Islamophobia in the US—issues that remain close to her heart. Janae was drawn to CAGJ by its food sovereignty work, commitment to anti-oppression, and systemic approach to social, economic, and environmental justice. She loves the organization and its awesome activists for working in solidarity and partnership with communities here and around the world to build grassroots movements for transformative change.
Danielle Friedman volunteered with CAGJ for many years and was hired as Organizing Director in 2014. While staff at CAGJ she worked on the Costco/ GMO Salmon campaign, the AGRA Watch Summit and the SLEE dinner. She was able to streamline operations by getting the new database up and running and updating CAGJ’s website and e-mail. Danielle’s passion for social justice has led her to be a professional community organizer for over 15 years, working on a variety of social and economic justice issues. She grew up in New York and moved to Seattle in 2000. She lives with her partner Davey and together they are raising up two future activists, Tallulah and Elijah.
Victoria Gibson became a member of CAGJ after being a server at the 2008 SLEE dinner. After learning about the issues that CAGJ is involved in, she wanted to be a part of this movement. She has become an involved member of the Food Justice Project, coordinated the book group 2009-2010, and helps out with logistics and office work as needed. When not at CAGJ, Victoria is a rowing coach, cyclist member of Cafe Appasionato, and works at Race in JL in the Fremont area.
Caitlin Henry began working with CAGJ as an intern with the Food Justice Project and continued by helping to organize the 2008 Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere dinner. She is very interested in how larger structural issues affect food sovereignty and access as well as what the title SLEE implies: strong local economies everywhere are a human right and mean just trade relations with the people and the environment at the forefront. When not working with CAGJ, Caitlin is a geography student at the UW and slings cheese at Seattle farmers markets.
Derek Hoshiko is a current member of CAGJ’s Advisory Board. He has been a network leader of Seattle Good Business Network, the Seattle-based Business Alliance for Local Living Economies network since moving to the Central Puget Sound region in 2004. He does communications and marketing work for the nonprofit media organization YES! Magazine, and the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program at Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Derek is working to foster leadership for systemic and cultural change, with the specific goals of meaningfully addressing climate change and creating a new economy that works for the 99%.
Chris Iberle started working with CAGJ as an intern in 2004. Chris started supporting CAGJ as a Co-Chair in 2007, helped coordinate the development of CAGJ’s new website, and in 2010 began volunteering as CAGJ’s Food Justice Project Co-Chair. He previously worked as a volunteer coordinator at Food Lifeline, a food bank focusing on food rescue and distribution in Shoreline, WA, and is currently the Food Hub Manager for Seattle Tilth’s educational farms. He enjoys friends, bikes, hiking Cascadia, listening to punk rock and its derivatives, and playing soccer. Chris looks forward to changing the world, and hopes you’ll come along!
Aubrey Jenkins‘s passion for food and community organizing led her to volunteer for the Food Justice Project as a contributor and editor of the “Our Food, Our Right” handbook. Outside of her work with FJP, Aubrey graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in International Development and Resource Management. She remains active on campus, working with a group of students to build a cooperative student-run sustainable cafe! Aubrey loves yoga and cycling and spends most of her free time at Greenlake.
Bill Mace volunteered as CAGJ Co-chair 2007 – 2010, and participate in the annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere Dinner. Bill first became involved with CAGJ in 2003 when his work in the fair trade movement led him to participate. His interests in trade justice, immigrant rights, and food justice keep him involved in CAGJ’s work. Outside of CAGJ, Bill enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, biking and traveling.
Teresa Mares completed her PhD at the University of Washington in 2010 and is now an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Vermont. She co-coordinated CAGJ’s Food Justice Project for several years. She is engaged in scholarship and activism that connects food system and immigration scholarship, and has written several articles and book chapters on food justice issues. You can see her faculty profile here: http://www.uvm.edu/~anthro/?Page=faculty/mares.php
Reid Mukai became a CAGJ co-chair in 2010, is involved with the Anti-Oppression Working Group and writes regularly for the newsletter. He joined CAGJ in 2007 and prior to that has done volunteer/organizing work for the Sierra Club, Institute for Human Services, Refuse and Resist, and the Service Employees International Union. Reid graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in American Studies and continues to further his education through independent media, author/activist speaking engagements, and workshops attended at teach-ins and forums such as the Community Strategic Training Initiative and the US Social Forum.
Bobby Righi has lived in Seattle for 34 years. She has been active in international and local social justice struggles since being in the Peace Corps in 1965-66. She has worked in several capacities with Community Alliance for Global Justice since it began, including as a core member of AGRA Watch. She has been very active in Seattle with the Jubilee campaign to cancel the debt of countries in the global south. She is a retired math teacher, an avid gardener, and has three children and two grand children who all live in Seattle.
Maria Elena Rodriguez is a recent UW graduate who co-coordinated the Food Justice Project 2009 – 2010. She became involved with CAGJ after attending the December 2008 Teach-in because she was inspired by the work being done surrounding issues of access to food and working towards a more just local food economy, within anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and food sovereignty frameworks. Maria also volunteers with Solid Ground Lettuce Link and is an active member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.
Gabrielle Roesch is very proud to be a part of CAGJ and has volunteered in the Food Justice Project. Gabrielle was connected to CAGJ through a former board member Anna Brandt and has been involved ever since. She works in her professional life with WSU Extension in Snohomish County and is working on projects with sustainable agriculture and small ranching, youth education and outreach and climate change. Gabrielle is particularly interested in small farm advocacy and in exploring what it means to have just food and a sustainable food system not just for elites but for all of our communities. Gabrielle is about to head back to school to get her MS in Environmental Economics and hopes to continue working with CAGJ for a long time to come.
Laura Titzer became involved in CAGJ in mid 2011 as simply a meeting participant at AGRA Watch, FJP and NWFBAG. She became the co-chair of FJP in late 2011. Outside of CAGJ, Laura works at Northwest Harvest, is an avid tea drinker, and aspiring writer. Currently,, her goal is to use food and agriculture as a way to inspire people to think about their community, their local economy, their landscape and the world around them.
Nina Triffleman holds an M.S. degree in Marine Science and has worked in marine science, labor education, and the HIV/AIDS field. She first participated in a street theater action with CAGJ and has been hooked ever since! She loves the connections that CAGJ makes between food justice and food sovereignty on both the global and local level. Nina is active in AGRA Watch and the Northwest Farm Bill Action Group. She loves to grow things, cook, kayak, make soap and other impractical aesthetic items.