Esther Park

PROGRAM ASSOCIATE, Healthy Neighborhood Market Network
Esther Park is a Program Associate for the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network at the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. She leads community outreach and one-on-one business consulting for the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network (HNMN). Esther supports neighborhood market and corner store owners to: develop “healthy food action plans;” connect with existing resources in the business sector; and broker collaborative partnerships between their store and local neighborhood institutions. Esther also supports the project director to develop and implement ongoing store owner training workshops/tools. She currently co-chairs the Healthy Food Retail / Food Equity Working Group. Esther was recently recognized as one of “30 under 30” food leaders by the University of California’s Global Food Initiative for her critical role “in reaching the Korean store owner base in South Los Angeles, not only ensuring cultural relevancy and language accessibility of LAFPC’s programs, but helping broker new cultural understanding and connection among Korean. Black and Latino communities in South Los Angeles, where historic tensions pre-date the 1992 civil unrest.” Prior to working with LAFPC, Esther served as an outreach specialist for the Korean American Coalition – Los Angeles. Esther earned her undergraduate degree in English Literature from UCLA.  Email: Tel: (213) 473 3530