Healthy Neighborhood Market Network Program associate
Amber Orozco is a Program Associate with the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network. Amber is a scholar-activist who seeks to understand issues related to urban and rural food systems with research emphases at the intersection of food justice, critical race studies, feminist political ecology, and community-based participatory action research.
Prior to joining LAFPC, Amber was a research assistant in the Global Environmental Politics Department at American University and a Teaching and Research Graduate fellow with the Center for Engagement with Communities (CEC) at Whittier College. At the CEC, Amber developed and led the curriculum for the Amy Biehl Foundation Project, a program that prepares high school students to conduct human rights centered research projects. Additionally, Amber brings diverse domestic and international research experiences, collaborating and working with communities in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., South Carolina, Costa Rica, and Kenya. As part of her graduate thesis, Amber interviewed farmers and activists from Southern states and investigated cases of racial discrimination against African-American farmers by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). She was awarded the Mahmoud Hamid Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Global Environmental Politics from American University’s School of International Service and a fellowship with Phillips Academy – Institute for Recruitment of Teachers.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Whittier College in Environmental Studies, a Master of Arts in International Affairs from American University, and a Masters of Arts in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.