Deja Thomas is an intern at LAFPC, supporting the Development Director and Executive Director. She is currently pursuing a Master of Urban and Regional Planning as well as a Food Studies Certificate at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Deja plans on using her education and experience to design and implement policy and programming that create and sustain functional, equitable, and sustainable food systems by specifically centering and uplifting women of color. Her work is firmly rooted in the belief that food systems can be the nexus for a paradigm shift in how we value people, land, and women of color.

Deja is a Switzer Environmental Fellow and a 2016 Udall Scholar. During the academic year, she works at the UCLA Labor Center and the Luskin Center for Innovation. Prior to starting her Master’s program, she worked in Communications. She obtained her B.S. in Environmental Studies and Communication and a minor in entrepreneurship from Santa Clara University. While attending Santa Clara she was a Global Social Benefit Fellow at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship.