Our Stewards

Our Stewards

Community stewardship is central to the Navigator’s mission and structure. Our Community Stewardship Ring brings together growers, producers, organizers, educators, and elders from Chicago’s local food ecosystem. Together, we strengthen connections between our partners, build dialogue in our communities, and develop digital tools to support you in growing food.

We draw on the perspectives and insights of our Stewards to develop tools that make it easier for you to access resources, build community knowledge, and influence policy and decision-making.

In addition to our Stewards, Stewardship Pods provide feedback on our organizing tools and share messages from their own communities. Our stewardship pods include experts in communications, engagement, and digital stewardship, and represent a multitude of community-based, regional, and national organizations and groups within food and agriculture.

All stewards are compensated for their work and participation.

With gratitude to our present and past Community Stewards:

2022-2025 Community Stewardship Ring

  • Angela Taylor
  • Anton Seals, Grow Greater Englewood
  • Baba Orrin Williams, Center for Urban Transformation
  • Ben Helphand, Robin Cline, NeighborSpace
  • Bweza Itaagi, Mecca Bey, Sistas in the Village
  • Camille Kerr, Upside Down Consulting
  • Erika Allen, Urban Growers Collective
  • Howard Rosing, Midwest Consortium For Equity Research and Food Justice
  • Jose Oliva, HEAL Food Alliance
  • Pastor Reshorna Fitzpatrick, Stone Temple Church
  • Rodger Cooley, Chicago Food Action Policy Council

Past Community Stewardship Ring Participants

  • Weslynne Ashton, Midwest Consortium For Equity Research and Food Justice (2021-2023)
  • Aasia Castaneda (2021-2022)
  • Jazmin Martinez and Viviana Okakpu, Advocates for Urban Agriculture (2021-2022)