Meet the Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
Erica Hall, M.S. CED, MBA, ARM, has an extensive background as a community organizer, advocate, trainer, Board member, and Senior Legal Professional who has worked in urban agriculture, food policy, community engagement, neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation and community economic development. Erica is active in the US Green Building Council (USGBC), American Planning Association, and other environmental, neighborhood revitalization groups working in youth development, Black Farmers, food insecurity, workforce training, historic preservation, and urban agriculture in DC, VA, MD, NYC, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and now Florida. Erica is currently on the National Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Institute of Real Estate Management and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the American Society of Aging. Erica previously chaired a DC non-profit, Healthy Solutions, that worked with Community Supporting Agriculture (CSAs), Community Gardens, Brownfield Remediation, food insecurity, and urban agriculture. She served on the Board of Directors of Groundwork Anacostia River DC, a local non-profit that utilizes environmental restoration goals as a vehicle for community development, and is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, a dynamic network of 900 of the country’s top emerging environmental and social change leaders. Erica was also selected as Co-chair of the Host Committee for Greenbuild, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to Green Building. Since 2011, Erica has been a Grant Reviewer for the USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture's Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program including the Local Food Promotion Program and the Farmers Market Promotion Program. As a member of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Enoch Davis/St. Pete Youth Farm, Erica helped to define the mission statement for the project, helped guide project direction, while producing some broad actions needed to implement the project. Through this program, youth are empowered to lead urban agriculture projects under community guidance and resources has proven to be a successful strategy in youth, workforce, and neighborhood development.
Over the past 15 years, Stacy received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University, has served in various capacities on nonprofit boards and has worked with educational, environmental, and religious nonprofit groups. A few central themes exist in all her non-profit work: Making our communities more connected, teaching our residents to grow their own food and enabling our citizen scientists to save our environment. Her hard work and experience with science and event programming allowed her to establish STEAM field trips, after school programs and summer camps and to manage Urban Farming Institutes’ programming to better serve the children of Broward County. In 2019 she began a marine biology education initiative, Coral Rangers, which helps local students to gain their open water SCUBA Certification and teaches them to be environmental stewards for our coral reefs. In 2021 Stacy began coordinating a new community garden project, The All Community Garden, in Dania Beach, Florida for NFL Sisters in Service. The new garden concept will help ease food insecurity in Broward County through the development of a community garden and food forest concept to demonstrate food growing techniques to the residents of Dania Beach, Hollywood and Liberia. Stacy joined FLFPC in 2021 to serve the greater Florida community in decreasing food scarcity and to empower community members across Florida to grow their own food and to create a more resilient environment.
Chair of the Development Committee
Anthony Olivieri, the founder of FHEED LLC (Food for Health, the Environment, Economy & Democracy), has a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from FAU (2011) with a focus on community food systems, and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). His specialties are geographic assessments of food and health disparities, program design for healthy food access initiatives, and public speaking about health equity. In addition to his consultancy, Anthony was a full-time instructor with the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University, where he developed and taught the region’s first urban planning course on community food systems (2014-2016). A Fort Lauderdale resident since 1998, Anthony is originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts and has a B.A. in psycholinguistics from the University of Southern California (1994).
Chair of the Policy Committee
Dell deChant is the Associate Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida. He is a Master Instructor and has served at USF since 1986. The author of three books, over 30 articles in professional publications, and chapters in twelve books, his specialization is religion and contemporary cultures. His current research focuses on religious, literary, and ecological expressions of Agrarianism as they manifest in American popular culture. He is Chair of the Environmental Committee of the City of New Port Richey, a founding member of Food Policy Council of Pasco County, a member of the Florida Food Policy Council, and a member of the Board of Directors of Ecology Florida.
Erica Hardison has worked in St. Petersburg for over 20 years to help develop sustainable change in many areas including food/agriculture, education, healthcare, and housing. She brings her foundational goal - making the lives of all people better through sustainable, cooperative and collaborative development - to every project. Presently she serves as the board president for One Community Grocery Co-op, a start-up cooperatively-owned grocery store in St. Pete’s Southside neighborhood. Through her experience as an educator, a small business owner, and a community organizer - she has honed her natural ability to solve problems and think logically, creatively, and globally, while acting locally.
Meet the Team
Co-Manager, Intro to Food Policy Course
Based in Central Florida, Kyndra Love is interested in facilitating dialogue about current challenges in the food system and how to implement effective, sustainable and regenerative solutions. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with Master's degree in Korean Studies, focusing on Korean food history and policy. Kyndra previously worked with international organizations interested in building global sustainable food systems and communities. She also has a BA in English and Second Language Studies.
Cortney Beth Szafran, Esq.
Policy & Development Director
Bio to come
Gabby Teixeira is a J.D. Candidate at the University of Miami Law School where she is pursuing a Social Justice and Public Interest concentration. Her passion areas, as they pertain to policies and behavioral economics, include poverty, education, and environmental sustainability. As a Research Assistant, Gabby is interested in understanding current policy gaps and how we can address them to improve our food system by doing things such as eradicating food insecurity, providing equal access to healthy foods, and encouraging sustainable food practices.