our team

In addition to those listed below, the work of Real Food Generation is credited to student and young leaders, organizational partners, the communities in which we organize, and members of national working groups.

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Anim steel

Executive director

Anim Steel is a founder of the Real Food Generation and has instrumental in developing its initiatives since the beginning. He is also the former Director of National Programs at The Food Project…


Estefanía Narváez

Regional coordinator (west)

Estefanía graduated in December 2010 from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, which they mobilized to become one of the first Fair Trade Universities in the country….


Hannah weinronk

program coordinator

Hannah first heard the words “food” and “justice” in the same sentence as a high school student, working on a campaign for fair trade and human rights in the cocoa industry. She began to see food as a powerful way to…


Lynx M’chea

Communications and regional coordinator (south)

Lynx M’Chea is a Black Trans person from Detroit, MI. They are also a community organizer, performance artist, and freelance web developer. They organize for the autonomy and agency of marginalized peoples in…


Mina Aria

Regional CoordinatoR (midwest)

Mina is based in St. Louis and comes from a family of Iranian and Korean immigrants. They have organized for many years against state and interpersonal violence through…


Nina Mukherji

managing director

Nina has been at Real Food Challenge since 2011. She manages operations, co-leads the Steering Committee and supports organizers and campaigns across the country…

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Puanani Brown

Operations Coordinator

Puanani (Pua) is the Operations Coordinator for the Real Food Generation (RFG). Inspired by her father, an environmental lawyer, and mother, a Native Hawaiian rights activist, Pua is deeply committed to…


Rosie Linares-Diaz

Regional Coordinator (California)

Rosie Linares-Diaz is a graduate student at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in the department of Geography & the Environment, where she also earned a B.A. Rosie has been involved in various campaigns…


Sara Jo Malinske

director of development

Sara Jo has been fundraising for social change on local, national, and global scales since 2009, and joined Real Food Challenge in 2017. She manages all fundraising activities, drawing on her background…


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Tina is a passionate advocate for a just and sustainable food system that is led by the communities that it feeds. She hails from the Ryukyu Islands (or Okinawa) of southern Japan where her love of food began…


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Aolani Peiper

Aolani is a Native Hawaiian graduate from Fort Lewis College, where as a freshman she started doing work with the Real Food Challenge in 2015. She and her family are from the Big Island of Hawai’i where she…




katie blanchard

Katie Blanchard is chair of the advisory board for Real Food Challenge. She was a founding student leader of RFC starting in 2008 and worked on staff through 2016. She is an artist and organizer who does illustration and design for non-profits and small businesses, and organizes around faith-based and racial justice issues in Chicago.


Tim Galarneau

Tim is a founding partner and an advisory board member for Real Food Challenge. He is the Community-Engaged Education Coordinator at the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, the Statewide Advisor at the California Student Sustainability Coalition, and member of UC Santa Cruz's campus Food Systems Working Group.


Karla Van Praag

Karla is an advisory board member for Real Food Challenge. She is the founding Executive Director of JOIN for Justice: the Jewish Organizing Institute and Network, a national institution dedicated to training, supporting, and connecting Jewish organizers and their communities.


Yoojin Janice Lee

Yoojin is an advisory board member for Real Food Challenge. She is is the Training and Facilitation Director at the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation where she she leads the design and execution of the Foundation’s retreats and efforts to convene, build community, and strengthen capacity amongst key stakeholders.