Proud Building Blocks partner, Dana Harvey, Executive Director of Mandela Marketplace, was named a 2010 Community Health Leader by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation this month. Dana received her award in a ceremony in Princeton, NJ last week, joined by nine other outstanding leaders across the country who “have created their own solutions to address the shortcomings in our healthcare system and to build healthier communities,” said RWJF president and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey.
Congratulations, Dana! We are honored to have you in our collaborative. Thank you for your passion, innovation, and commitment!
Dana Harvey, M.S., executive director, Mandela MarketPlace, Oakland, Calif.
Harvey established a food cooperative in the community of West Oakland to provide organic and locally grown foods to people who did not have access to a well-stocked grocery store. Her organization is a pioneer in development, application and assessment of community food systems. Mandela Marketplace links unmet community demand for affordable fresh foods with underserved, local minority producers who use sustainable farming practices. Mandela Foods Cooperative, just one part of the organization, is a worker-owned collaborative that offers education, job training and employment opportunities. Mandela Marketplace also incubates other collaborative enterprises. It serves an economically distressed neighborhood not only by expanding economic opportunity, but also by increasing self-reliance. Harvey is committed to ensuring that low-income families have a political voice and access to public resources that can improve their quality of life.