A third generation Angeleno, Clare Fox grew up in a working class, multiethnic neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. She inherited a commitment to social justice from her mother, a lifelong teacher, union leader and writer, and a passion for innovation from her father, who ran a coffee shop on Ventura Boulevard before Starbucks existed. As a young person growing up in LAUSD public school, she built community across diverse cultural and socioeconomic worlds. She witnessed firsthand disparities in access to food, healthcare, housing and economic opportunity, which forged her commitment to the dignity and rights of all people.
Clare joined the Los Angeles Food Policy Council in 2011 because of her passion for food as a force of healing, social transformation and ecological wellbeing. When she served on the research team for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Food Policy Taskforce between 2009-2010, she fell in love with food policy councils as a model for participatory democracy in local food systems. Following this experience, she took a crash course in local government at the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles where she co-led a small business development program focused on food access in South Los Angeles.
Clare’s first career was as a journalist and radio producer for NPR and Youth Radio (now YR Media), where she taught media production to high school students in Inglewood, Boyle Heights and Downtown Los Angeles. In this time, she co-founded Q-Radio – Youth Radio’s first dedicated LBGTQ radio program- as well as Audiopostales, a bi-lingual exchange between youth in Los Angeles and Mexico City. She collaborated with the collective Radio Sonideros, and reported on education, health and immigration.
For over 15 years, Clare has been involved with anti-racism work, leading workshops and trainings with LA’s chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice and recently California Conference on Equality and Justice’s Racial Equity and Healing Justice Program. Clare receives great joy from group facilitation and network-based movement building, and has led strategic planning and leadership development experiences for unions, small businesses, non-profits and grassroots collectives. In 2017, she served as co-facilitator for the historic climate justice summit in Los Angeles, “The Leap: Caring For Each Other and Earth.”
As Executive Director of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council since 2015, Clare has focused on building a movement for good food for all by cultivating a collaborative network of over 400 organizations and agencies. Under her leadership, LAFPC and partners have achieved numerous legislative victories for more equitable food access, including universal CalFresh/EBT at LA’s farmer’s markets, the first countywide urban agriculture program, and the city’s first food recovery program, which has already rescued over 4 million pounds of fresh produce for food insecure families. Clare is most proud to be a founding member of the LA Street Vendor Coalition, and accompany street vendor leaders in their decade long fight for legalization.
With great love for her city, Clare serves on Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Los Angeles Promise Zone Leadership Council, the Board of Directors for the environmental non-profit LA Compost and she was a founding board member and dancer for Critical Mass Dance Company. She studied urban planning at UCLA, and Critical Social Thought at Mount Holyoke College.