TEAM

The Black Food Fund is founded and led by a collective of Black women who have extensive experience in the food system field as healers, farmers, educators, and advocates. They bring their content expertise, lived experience, and unique perspectives to this effort.

Jamese Kwele is a shaper of change, a strategic patternmaster, and a mama of two. Based in Portland, Jamese serves as VP of Organizational and Food Systems Equity at Ecotrust and is a board member of the Black Oregon Land Trust, the Black Food Sovereignty Coalition, and the National Farm to School Network. She is fueled by authentic connection, subversive humor, and deep joy. Jamese believes in the power of Black people reclaiming our connection to the land and is honored to be part of the incredible team of Black women leading the Black Food Fund.

Tiffany Monroe is a fifth-generation farmer with a bachelor’s degree in Crop and Soil Science with a minor in Horticulture and a master’s degree in Community and Leadership Development with an emphasis in Agricultural Education. Ms. Monroe has worked as the first African American Female Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent in Kentucky history and for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in the Office of Marketing and Product Promotion. Now home in Oregon, Ms. Monroe farms with her husband and engages in agricultural advocacy work across the country and locally. Ms. Monroe was recently appointed as co-chair of Governor Kate Brown’s Racial Justice Council and serves as co-chair of the Environmental Equity Committee.

Shantae Johnson is a co-founder and Farmer at Mudbone Grown, a Black-owned farm enterprise that promotes inter-generational community-based farming. Her grandmothers are her muses and inspiration for how to grow and give back to the community and interact with the land.She is a cultural bridge-builder with strengths in community organizing, project management, and program creation with a public health lens.Shantae has been appointed to the Oregon Board of Agriculture by Governor Kate Brown. She will sit on the advisory committee to represent small-scale producers. She is the Executive Director of the Feed’em Freedom Foundation and on the leadership team of the Black Oregon Land Trust. She is a parent, healer, chef, and referee to six beautiful brilliant children.