Rebekah Williams is a community organizer and trainer from Western New York and founder of Food for the Spirit and the Buffalo Food Equity Network. With over twenty years working in non-profits in Buffalo, Rebekah has experience encouraging youth leadership, social and racial justice, environmentalism, and the arts. In 2018, she joined a cohort of 10 individuals in the HEAL Food Alliance School of Political Leadership (SoPL), a national alliance working to create inclusive, democratic food and farm systems.
As part of HEAL’s SoPL, Rebekah focused on building her capacity to bring the Good Food Purchasing Program to Buffalo and has developed a greater understanding of relationships between race issues, policy, food, farming, and ecological justice. Prior to her work on Good Food Purchasing, Rebekah served as Youth Education Director at MAP, where she worked with youth and adults in the community on food justice issues, incorporating her passion for the natural environment and equitable food systems, and encouraging youth leadership.
Rebekah has a Bachelors degree in Social Structure, Theory and Change from SUNY Empire State College; and has completed training with Training for Change in Philadelphia PA, Movement Generation in Oakland CA, the Buffalo Montessori Teacher Education Program, and North American Students of Cooperation in Chicago IL.