CoFED partners with young people of color from poor and working-class backgrounds to build food and land co-ops.

2019 Fellowship Selection Committee

2019 Racial Justice Fellowship Selection Committee


Jazmin Martinez, 2018 Racial Justice Fellow

pronouns: they/them

Jazmin is a queer, gender non-conforming, immigrant living in La Villita, Chicago who comes from a lineage of Mexican campesinos. They are currently working on establishing Catatumbo Cooperative Farm along with two amazing co-creators, Ireri Unzueta Carrasco and Vivi Moreno. They are committed to creating connections between farming/cooperative work with broader social justice movements to envision and create other possible worlds.


Merelis Catalina Ortiz, 2018 Racial Justice Fellow

pronouns: she/her

Merelis is a Black and Latina Community Chef, visionary, educator and daughter of immigrants with roots in the Dominican Republic. Merelis recognizes the knowledge and strength that Black and Brown people hold and is committed to being a vessel that reminds her people of this wisdom. In the summer of 2018, she launched PAS - People y Alimentos Solidarity program, a bilingual and intergenerational offering with a focus on building solidarity among Black, Indigenous, and Latinx-heritage people through land and food at community gardens in NYC. She was previously a worker-owner of Woke Foods, a cooperatively owned afro-caribbean food business. Merelis enjoys dance-offs, preparing remedio caseros, and helping her parent's restaurant address health disparities and be more eco-friendly!


Ebony Ross, Board Member, Transforming Power Fund

pronouns: she/her

Ebony Ross is the Co-Director for the Transforming Power Fund, a new Detroit-based social justice fund committed to transformative systems change. She is also a capacity builder who partners with social justice leaders, organizers, and movement builders to provide thought partnership, leadership development, and organizational development strategies that connect heart, vision, and strategy. She has spent two decades working collaboratively to support and build beloved communities that address gender and racial inequities and health disparities, while also creating and facilitating communities of practice, fellowships, and cohorts that provide learning resources, strategies for resilience, love, and connection.


adé Oni, Network Homie, Tierra Negra Farm

pronouns: they/she

adé Oni is an afrosurrealist healing artist, earthworm, land steward, capoeira Angoleirx, aspiring solidarity economist and educator based in Durham,NC. 


Sahar Atbei, Academy Alumni

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Sahar is a 2018 Summer Co-op Academy Alumni.

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