Ana-Marie Jones (Chief Resiliency Officer, Interpro Inc.): Before joining Interpro Inc. as their Chief Resiliency Officer, Ana-Marie Jones was the Executive Director of CARD – Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters. In her tenure, she has re-written and redefined CARD’s services and curriculum to be based on community building, economic empowerment and leadership development philosophies. Before joining CARD in April 2000, for three years Ms. Jones worked for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Coastal Region on projects supporting community organizations and people with special needs. She was also the acting Executive Director of the Northern California Disaster Preparedness Network, a 5-year funding initiative dedicated to creating emergency preparedness and response resources for vulnerable and underserved communities.
Dr. Gail Myers (Co-founder, Farms to Grow): Over the past 15 years, Dr. Gail Myers has been lecturing, researching, teaching, writing and documenting stories of African American farmers, sharecroppers, and gardeners. Myers is considered an expert in the anthropology of African American farming. Her background includes community organizing, research and program development, farmers’ market and cooperative development, and program evaluation. In 2004, Dr. Myers founded Farms to Grow, Inc., which works with black farmers farmers and local, state, and federal organizations to bring produce from black farmers and accurate history and education to low income communities. In 2013, Dr. Myers founded the Freedom Farmers Market, bringing produce from black farmers and local vendors to West Oakland. In addition to managing the operations of Farms to Grow, Inc., managing the Freedom Farmers Market, and working with youth in middle schools, she lectures frequently around the country and consults for community based, local, state, national organizations and federal departments.