Cedar serves as Development Director, in charge of overseeing fundraising, donor engagement, grants management, and strategic resource planning.
Cedar comes to LAFPC with a background in food systems and movement building, and seven years of development experience as a successful grant writer and strategic planning consultant in the public and non-profit sectors. In 2009-2010, Cedar was a graduate student researcher for Mayor Villaraigosa's LA Food Policy Task Force, and developed a Los Angeles food system stakeholder analysis to help inform the formation of the LA Food Policy Council. She then worked as co-coordinator of the Community Market Conversion Program at CRA/LA. Her development work includes fundraising for programs focused on sustainable agriculture, food deserts, nutrition education, climate and environmental justice, among many others. From 2012-2016, she served as Outreach and Development Director at The Relational Center in Los Angeles. She also co-founded and directs Relational Uprising, a capacity building training for community organizers focused on healthy organizational culture. She has worked in the field of social justice for over 15 years, from the global justice movement to the low-wage labor movement to the fight for a just and fair food system.
Cedar holds a BA in globalization theory and social movement history from Hampshire College and Master’s degrees in Latin American Studies and Urban Planning with a concentration in Food Policy and Food Systems Planning from UCLA.