Tanya Fields - Executive Director
Inspired by her experiences as a single working mother living in a marginalized community, Tanya Fields founded the BLK ProjeK in 2009 as a response to sexist institutional policies, structurally reinforced cycles of poverty, and harsh inequities in wealth and access to capital that result in far too many women being unable to rise out of poverty and sustain their families. The group was nominated for a 2011 Union Square Award and Tanya has the honor of being a Green for All Fellows, through which she connects with a national cohort of environmental justice change agents. With a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Baruch College, and a talent for public speaking, blogging and singing,Tanya has become a sought after speaker. She provided a widely praised keynote speech at the 2012 Just Food conference, and served as a plenary panelist for the 2011 conference of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Previous to the BLK ProjeK, Tanya worked with several high profile environmental organizations located in the South Bronx - Mothers on the Move, Sustainable South Bronx and the Majora Carter Group. Tanya built upon the network, skills, resources and knowledge she gained through those experiences to create the BLK ProjeK.
She is a reputed and rising public speaker and educator. She has spoken, conducted workshops and participated on panels at Just Food Annual Conference, NOFA NY Winter Conference, Manhattanville College, Kingsboro College, Brooklyn Food Coalition, NEWSAWG and others.
Adam Liebowitz - Project Management Consultant
Adam will be increasing capacity for the BLK ProjeK, using his expertise to consult on the South Bronx Mobile Market. Ensuring that the mobile market project starts off on a solid foundation, increasing its likelihood for success.
Adam Liebowitz is a consultant with over seven years of managerial and director-level experience in Bronx-based nonprofit organizations. He has extensive experience in community development, program design and management, and youth development, and has an academic background in urban policy.
Adam served as the Director of Community Development for The Point Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit community center in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx that aims to improve Hunts Point through community development, youth development, and the arts. Adam also served as the Program Director of ACTION, a community organizing training program for high school students who then lead campaigns based on self-identified needs.
Adam has worked closely with nonprofit leaders and the public sector to spearhead food justice programs and events in the South Bronx. He created and organized the 2009 South Bronx Food & Film Expo, and served on the steering committee in 2011 for the first Bronx Food Summit organized by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. He has been invited to present on panel discussions, at educational workshops, and to lead neighborhood tours. While at The Point, Adam created a new urban agriculture and food justice program for high school youth, for which he led the design, construction, and maintenance of 1,000sf of growing space.
Adam consults on a contractual basis for a Manhattan-based consulting firm specializing in food systems planning. Past projects include helping to develop a strategic plan for a foundation-funded active living and food access program, and designing a youth-led food access project to be carried out in partnership with neighborhood retail outlets. Adam also consults independently, and recently completed a project involving the organization and implementation of an advocacy campaign for a Bronx-based environmental organization. Current projects include providing market readiness support for a new mobile market venture selling healthy food and produce in the South Bronx, and working as a workshop educator for a food-based education organization.
Adam graduated in 2011 from Milano the New School with a MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Management. Selected coursework includes: Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations; Economics for Management and Urban Policy; Quantitative Methods (statistics); and Program Evaluation for Nonprofit Practitioners. For his final capstone project, Adam conducted a six-month research project and policy analysis on the role of the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market in New York City’s food supply and how the market could be leveraged to meet the healthy food needs of Hunts Point residents. While at the New School, Adam served as Teacher’s Assistant to Nevin Cohen for his course titled Urban Food Systems.
Contact Adam at adam (at) theblkprojek (dot) org
Shantrice King -Food Coordinator Intern
Shantrice King recently received her Bachelors in Women and Gender Studies from Carleton College. While at Carleton she was a dedicated social justice activist. Shantrice has organized a reproductive justice conference for students and activists in the Midwest, brought speakers to campus to present on issues of race, gender, sexuality and reproductive rights as well as facilitated discussions with her peers about how they are young people can work on dismantling systems of oppression.
In her spare time Shantrice loves to read, run, and spend quality time with the important people in her life.
While interned with the BLK ProjeK Shantrice will be responsible for the helping to facilitate the logistics, operations and outreach of The South Bronx Mobile Market.
Shantrice is thrilled to be joining the Blk Projek. She aims to bring her passion and organizational skills to the Blk Projek while learning more about fighting societal inequalities through food justice.
Contact Shantrice at shantrice (at) theblkprojek (dot) org