Dana Harvey is executive director for Mandela MarketPlace. Mandela MarketPlace innovates food-based economic development in inner-city and rural areas. As Executive Director, Dana Harvey leads a concerted campaign resulting in the June 2009 opening of the for-profit, worker-owned Mandela Foods Cooperative grocery retail and nutrition education center as well as a dynamic youth leadership Healthy Neighborhood Store Alliance program, and a produce distribution center serving family farmers. Local entrepreneurship and nutrition education in tandem with access to healthy, fresh and affordable foods has injected over 200,000 lbs of fresh produce and over $1 Million into an urban center, and makes a difference in the health and wellbeing of hundreds of residents daily.
Mandela’s healthy food enterprise network is on the forefront of local and national efforts to address food security, nutrition education and economic development in urban centers.