Dana Harvey, Mandela Marketplace

Executive Director

As Director of Mandela MarketPlace, an innovative food retail-based nonprofit business incubator, Dana Harvey led a concerted campaign resulting in the June 2009 opening of Mandela Foods Cooperative to address Oakland’s longtime status as a food desert while empowering local residents to earn and learn. Working with a coalition of residents, farmers, government agencies and funders, Dana’s journey in establishing a locally owned, healthy food enterprise network as a critical piece of urban redevelopment is on the forefront of local and national efforts to address food security, public health and economic development. Her contributions at Mandela MarketPlace reach beyond Mandela Foods to include development of a culturally-relevant food distribution system that supports independent farmers, truckers and warehousemen, neighborhood corner stores, and youth leadership development.