Daniel Rizik-Baer


PROJECT DIRECTOR, Healthy Neighborhood Market Network

Daniel Rizik-Baer directs the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network, an initiative to support neighborhood markets in low-income communities to sell more healthy and fresh food through capacity-building, leadership development, and technical assistance. Daniel takes a macro-level social work perspective in his position at the LA Food Policy Council, with a focus on social justice and community development. He brings with him a wide spectrum of work experience in underserved communities through youth development, community-based arts, and social services provision. As Community Relations Manager at Skid Row Housing Trust, Daniel worked with residents, managed the volunteer program, coordinated media activities, and engaged corporate partners. At the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, Daniel served as Program Manager, overseeing event operations, marketing and outreach activities, the internship program, the vendor and nonprofit partnership program and village, and corporate partnerships for over 100 free concerts. Earlier in his career, Daniel served as co-Executive Director of J.U.i.C.E. (Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy), a nonprofit hip-hop arts program in Macarthur Park that provides free arts programming and practice space with a special focus on underserved youth. Daniel started his nonprofit career working with the Children Youth and Family Collaborative as a Program Coordinator, designing and running their first Family Literacy/Parent Involvement in Education Program at elementary, middle, and high schools in South Los Angeles and Compton. Daniel is also a hip-hop producer, having produced for some of Los Angeles’ most notable rappers and MCs. This work, combined with a love of alternative research, science, and sociology, also led Daniel to co-design and co-author a globally received landmark study with the National Institutes of Health that used freestyle rap to explore the brain’s activity during the creative state. Daniel has a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters in Social Welfare (MSW) with a concentration in Management and Planning from UC Berkeley. Email: Tel: (213) 473 3539