Brahm Ahmadi is an advocate, organizer and social entrepreneur working to build healthier and more equitable inner city communities by creating meaningful change within the food system. In 2003, Brahm co-founded People’s Grocery, a nonprofit organization that has attracted local and national attention for its effort to transform inner city food systems through a suite of projects in food enterprise, urban agriculture, nutrition education and youth development that include the nation’s first Mobile Market. In 2010, Brahm founded People’s Community Market to create a food retail business model that is designed for and dedicated to the health and well being of low-income communities. Brahm speaks nationally and has been featured in prominent national media. Having worked in West Oakland for over 10 years on issues of food access, he has both a strong relationship with the community and an understanding of the social, historical and political context. He combines a wealth of knowledge about social enterprise, cooperative economics, urban agriculture, public education and youth development to build healthy and stable inner city communities. He brings to the committee his extensive experience in the community, his understanding of food justice and his keen business sense.
“I’m intrigued by the idea of an intervention that breaks the food waste cycle and diverts good food into the hands and mouths of those who need access to fresh, nutritious foods.”