Alexa just joined our team yesterday, and her energy is already an excellent addition to the Cooking Matters Michigan program. Having just graduated from the University of Michigan, majoring in Environmental Studies (with a focus on Food Systems) and Communication, Alexa is all about helping to change the whole environment and system of food to better help those in need. During college Alexa held some impressive positions, including tutoring low-income individuals in New York City and working with the League of Conservation Voters, which is a lobbyist group that advocates for better environmental policy. Impressive as those are, her work on an organic farm in Ann Arbor tops her list of favorite experiences. As a farm hand for a small community-shared agriculture (CSA) program, Alexa says she was covered in dirt all day every day doing nothing but farming and she absolutely loved it.
With an interest in food justice, particularly in Detroit, Alexa knew Gleaners was the perfect fit for her. She officially signed her lease for her new apartment in the city yesterday, and is looking forward to picking up her new cat after work today, whom she already named Ani (I approve of this name choice). In her spare time, Alexa loves to cook (vegetarian, as she practices a vegetarian diet), garden, and practice yoga. She loves the US and hopes to travel all around the country. She also hinted at a possibility of heading to graduate school to pursue a Master’s in Public Health (yay!) and focus on environmental health and urban planning, all in relation to food.