Announcing the 2019 Good Food Gala Heroes!

Join us at the Good Food Gala on June 20th to honor these incredible Good Food Heroes!

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Senator Holly J. Mitchell

A third-generation native Angeleno, Senator Holly J. Mitchell is the proud daughter of career public servants and the protégé of community leaders who instilled in her a passion for service. She continued her family legacy of “firsts” when she was named the first African American to chair the powerful Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee in December 2016. Less than two months later, a profile in The Los Angeles Times described Mitchell as the “Legislature’s moral compass.” She proved to be just that in 2017 and 2018 when she oversaw the adoption of consecutive state budgets of nearly $200 billion each and won wide praise for directing funds to elementary and college students, the health-care systems and long-neglected programs to assist infants, the elderly, youth and working families, including increasing access to healthy and nutritious foods for historically marginalized communities. Read more about Senator Holly J. Mitchell here.

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara

Raised in East Los Angeles by immigrant parents, Commissioner Ricardo Lara made history in 2018 by becoming the first openly gay person elected to statewide office in California’s history. Commissioner Lara previously served in the California Legislature, representing Assembly District 50 from 2010 to 2012 and Senate District 33 from 2012 to 2018. As Senator, he introduced State Senate bill 946, also known as the the Safe Sidewalk Vending Act, which decriminalized street vending in California and helped pave the way for Los Angeles to legalize street vending in 2018. Read more about Commissioner Ricardo Lara here.

Sweetgreen CEO's + Social Impact Team

Founded in 2007 by Nathaniel Ru, Jonathan Neman, and Nicolas Jammet, sweetgreen is a destination for simple, seasonal, healthy food. sweetgreen believes the choices we make about what we eat, where it comes from and how it’s prepared have a direct and powerful impact on the health of individuals, communities and the environment. In 2017, sweetgreen teamed up with the LA Food Policy Council's Healthy Neighborhood Market Network program to support second-generation storeowner Kelli Jackson in transforming her family's store Hank's Mini Market in South LA. Read their impact report here.