Leadership & Advisory Boards

Rick Nahmias

 Founder/Executive Director Food Forward

Before founding Food Forward in 2009, Rick was an award-winning professional photographer and writer whose work focused on the faces and stories of marginalized communities. His formal training as a cook, along with his exploration of California’s agricultural workforce in his body of work entitled “The Migrant Project: Contemporary California Farm Workers,” gave him a deep appreciation of and involvement in both the gourmet cooking and the food justice worlds. These varied interests, along with his conviction that access to healthy fresh nutritious food is a human right, culminated in him growing Food Forward and coming aboard as full-time Executive Director in 2011. He’s spoken on food justice issues internationally, and his work has been profiled in publications such at The Guardian, Sunset Magazine and The Los Angles Times. A winner at the LA Social Venture Fast Pitch, he’s been named a delegate to the Slow Food/Terra Madre Conference in Torino (2012,) a Ralph M. Parsons Fellow (2013,) a Food Champion by LA City Council and was a solo presenter at this year’s SXSW Eco Conference (2014.)