Community Advisory Board

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Stephanie Buechler
Assistant Research Professor of Environmental Policy
Email: buechler@email.arizona.edu

Assistant Research Professor of Environmental Policy, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona. Dr. Buechler is an ambassador for Oxfam’s ‘Sister on the Planet’ gender and development initiative, and a former gender researcher for the International Water Management Institute. Dr. Buechler teaches and mentors students in the Master’s in Development Practice program housed within the School of Geography and Development at the...

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Jerome Dotson
Assistant Professor, Africana Studies Program
Email: jkdotson@email.arizona.edu
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John Glennon
General Manager, Food Conspiracy Co-op
Email: gm@foodconspiracy.coop
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Don Guerra
Owner, Founder, Baker-Barrio Bread
Email: don@barriobread.com

Don is an internationally recognized baker, educator, and advocate for local food systems and the production and preservation of heritage grains. He has become an integral part of a collaboration between farmers, millers, bakers, and seed savers working to bring native and heritage grains back to southern Arizona farms and tables. As farmers have learned how to grow heritage grains and millers learned how to process it, Guerra has had to figure...

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Jonathan Mabry
UNESCO Focal Point and President, Tucson City of Gastronomy
Email: jonathanbmabry@email.arizona.edu

Jonathan Mabry, Ph.D. is Director of Community Engagement for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona. His archaeological investigations have documented Tucson’s 4,000-year continuous habitation, indigenous subsistence adaptations, and the transition to agriculture and village life in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands during prehistory. He was an early leader in the local and heritage foods movements in southern Arizona, and co-author with Gary...

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Matthew Mars
Assistant Professor, Agricultural Leadership and Innovation, and Director of Graduate Studies
Email: mmars@email.arizona.edu

Matthew Mars, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor (Agricultural Leadership and Innovation) and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Agricultural Education in the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. A heavy focus of Matt’s current research agenda are the entrepreneurial strategies for developing and scaling the production aspects of local food systems, which include ongoing studies of the Southern Arizona and Albuquerque/Santa Fe local food systems. His research on this topic...

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Daniel McDonald
Interim Director of the Norton School or Family and Consumer Sciences/Director, Pima County Cooperative Extension
Email: mcdonald@email.arizona.edu

Dr. McDonald is a University of Arizona Distinguished Outreach Faculty member, a Regional Specialist with the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, an Area Agent for Southern Arizona, and the director of Pima County Cooperative Extension. He has worked in Extension for 17 years, designing, implementing, and evaluating community programs. Dr. McDonald began his career in Extension as the Evaluation Specialist for the Arizona Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) project and...

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Robert Ojeda
Chief Programs Officer, Community Food Bank
Email: rojeda@communityfoodbank.org
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Rani Olson
Assistant Professor of Practice, Director Nutrition and Food Systems Degree Program
Email: ranio@email.arizona.edu

Rani has a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz where she studied race and class disparities, nationally, and those relating specifically to environmental stressors and diseases affecting urban youth.  She spent the following years in the culinary arts and on local farms in the south, eventually moving to the southwest to study the complex relationships between our built environment, community vitality, equity, and our food system.  Rani...

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Mike Peel
Southern Arizona Director | Local First Arizona & Local First Arizona Foundation
Email: mike@localfirstaz.com

Michael Peel is the Southern Arizona Director for Local First Arizona and Local First Foundation. In this role, he is responsible for managing LFA operations, membership, and programs in Tucson and the encompassing region. He has spent his career working on creative community partnership efforts and creating long-lasting programs responsive to community issues such as sustainability and nonprofit capacity building. He is a dedicated localist and loves spending time at some of his favorite...

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Tristan Reader
Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of American Indian Studies and the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship
Email: treader@email.arizona.edu
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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences