Community Food Systems Mentor Profile: A-dae Romero-Briones, JD, LLM (Cochiti/Kiowa)

The Community Food Systems Mentorship Program offers Network members the opportunity to work directly with a food systems expert to support their growth, learn best practices, and connect with seasoned food movement leaders. 

A-dae Romero-Briones, JD, LLM (Cochiti/Kiowa)
Director of Programs – Native Food and Agriculture Initiative, First Nations Development Institute

About A-dae:
I am from Cochiti Pueblo and the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. I have been working with Indigenous food systems for most of my life. I am currently the Director of Programs for the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative at First Nations Development Institute. We work with Indigenous community based food projects throughout the nation. Our work is focused on Tribal control of Indigenous food systems that includes production, community & retail distribution, grass-roots food entrepreneurship, and institutional buying/selling. We explore non-conventional and community rooted market models in rural communities and localized food systems as a base for community institution building. Personally, I have experience in food policy, food code writing, organic regulations and issues, and rural development.

Areas of Expertise

  • Food law and policy
  • Indigenous Traditional food systems
  • Institutional procurement (including Federal)
  • State/Federal/Tribal Food Jurisdiction
  • Food Economics
  • Philanthropic Relationship building
  • Rural Initiatives

Seeking to Mentor

I am interested in working food systems leaders who work in rural communities and willing to explore food issues intellectually that will manifest in action.

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