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LaDonna Redmond Founder of the Institute for Community Resource Development and serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President. Ms. Redmond’s focus on securing access to healthy, locally grown, chemical-free foods for her community led to the Institute for Community Resource Development. She has formed working partnerships with the Institute for Community Resource Development with Loyola University, Chicago State University, Heifer International, and Sustain. Ms. Redmond has devoted herself to serving the needs of economically disadvantaged people of color in her local community, Chicago’s Westside. She is a tireless fighter for the Westside community, developing residential programs for the developmentally disabled, creating a structured residential program that empowers women at Sisterhouse, and creating a collaboration of universities, businesses, and NGOs to build locally owned and operated grocery stores in underserved communities. She serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of Sustainable Circles Corp. She serves on numerous local and national boards, including the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago’s Children, and the Chicago Public School Task Force to Improve Healthy Eating. She is a member of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s Council on Agriculture. Ms. Redmond is a Food and Society Fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2003.

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