Jeanine Cava

Co-Founder, Lead Facilitator
NJ Food Democracy Collaborative
United States


Jeanine Cava is the co-founder and lead facilitator of the New Jersey Food Democracy Collaborative, a statewide food system network initiative focused on building resilience and equity in the food system through fostering collaborative action, affecting public policy, and advocating for innovation and optimization of public programs. The New Jersey Food Democracy Collaborative is inspired by and modeled after the food policy council approach to food system transformation and food democracy. Jeanine is also an adjunct faculty member in the Sustainability Program at Stockton University and in the Chemistry and Physics Department at Monmouth University where she teaches courses on sustainable and regenerative food systems, food justice, and climate mitigation. Before returning to her home state of New Jersey, Jeanine spent several years in Northern California working in organic agriculture and in the healthcare setting connecting patients with locally-grown foods and vegetable gardening through an Rx for Wellness Program funded by California SNAP. She has a master's degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Media Studies from Rutgers University.


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