Council Members

The Detroit Food Policy Council was established in 2009 by unanimous approval of The Detroit City Council. The DFPC is an implementation, monitoring and advisory body and consists of twenty-one members, including thirteen (13) representatives from various sectors of the Food System, four (4) "at-large" representatives, one (1) youth representative and three (3) governmental representatives, one each from the Mayor's Office, City Council and The Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP). Members serve as individuals.

The DFPC Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for selected seats for the 2018-2020 term. New members will be elected by a vote of sitting and emeritas members at the DFPC bi-monthly meeting on October 10. The nomination period is open until September 19, 2017. To submit a nomination for yourself or someone you know complete the Call for Nominations. The following seats are open for election for this term. 

  • Wholesale Food Distributors
  • Food Processors
  • Emergency Food Providers
  • Institutional Food
  • Food Industry Workers
  • Nutrition and Wellbeing*
  • Colleges and Universities
  • K-12 Schools
  • At Large (2 seats)
  • At Large, Youth

*Current member is term limited

Detroit Food Policy Council Roster

Executive Committee Officers

Sandra Turner-Handy, Chair
Environmental Justice

Mariangela (Mimi) Pledl, Vice Chair
Urban Planning

Jerry Ann Hebron, Treasurer
Farmers' Markets

Zaundra Wimberley, Secretary
Institutional Food

Council Members

Velonda Anderson, Ph.D.
At Large

Jelani Barber
Food Industry Workers

Jermond Booze
Retail Food Stores

Garry Bulluck
Mayor's Office, Appointee

Tyler Chatman
At Large, Youth Representative

Eileen Haraminac
Colleges and Universities

Alex Hill
Detroit Health Department, Appointee

Jayne Jackson
At Large

Nick Leonard
At Large


Atieno Nyar Kasagam
At Large

Suezette Olaker, M.D.
Nutrition and Well Being

Lindsay Pielack
Sustainable Agriculture

Kathryn Lynch Underwood
Detroit City Council, Appointee

Downloadable Council Roster 

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