Roseann (Rose) CohenExecutive Director of CAN
Rose is the Executive Director of the Community Agroecology Network (CAN) and a passionate advocate for amplifying the voices of youth and women to lead grassroots social change. At CAN, Rose engages in participatory community-based learning and action, and establishing strategic partnerships to further agroecology and food sovereignty at the intersection of gender justice, alternative economies and immigration. She is a bicultural, bilingual Latina and daughter of Colombian immigrants. Her doctoral research in Colombia focused on campesino and indigenous land claims under conditions of insecure land tenure, forced displacement and violence. This experience shaped her decision to work at an organization committed to co-creating knowledge with small farmers, migrant communities and the people most deeply connected to soil, land, plants, animals and growing food. Rose holds a Ph.D. from the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a specialization in Latin American and Latino Studies. Rose was a fellow at the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University, and serves as a Research Associate at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at the University of California, and the Agroecology Livelihoods Collaborative at the University of Vermont.
Lucy LunaExecutive Assistant
Lucy, CAN’s executive assistant, is a graduate of Humboldt State University. Lucy brings more than 8 years experience working with youth and non-profits to CAN. She has a strong background in culture and community dynamics as a way to better serve the needs of communities. Lucy has a degree in Psychology with a minor in business administration, coupled with a passion for sustainability and the environment.
Suraya ArslanProgram Manager & Communications Specialist
Suraya Arslan graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Global Information & Social Enterprise Studies (GISES). After traveling to CAN partner communities in Nicaragua and Mexico as a tech consultant, she returned to CAN as Program Manager and Communications Specialist to help coordinate events and assist in research processes.
Maria Eugenia Flores Las Segovias Project Manager
María Eugenia Flores was born in Nicaragua in 1976 and grew up during a time of social conflict, struggle and changes. She studied popular theater as tool to help communities recover from the impact of natural disasters and graduated in 1998 from the UCA, Nicaragua with bachelors’ degrees in social psychology and humanities. She also has post-graduate certificates in anthropology and community development and sustainable organizational management. Finally, she has more than 15 years of experiences as a professional working for peace, women rights and participatory social development in Nicaragua and Central America.
Linda Lönnqvist Project Manager
Linda manages the “Learning Community for Food Security and Sovereignty in Chiapas and the Yucatan Peninsula” project with a team of researchers and activists. This project is a collaboration between CAN and the research center ECOSUR in Chiapas, Mexico, where she is currently based. Linda has a background in organizational development and policy research for advocacy. Before moving to Mexico she has worked on civil society strengthening in Cyprus and Bangladesh; corporate accountability, trade- and tax policy with partners in Tanzania, and economic justice activism wherever she finds herself. She comes from Finland and holds an MSc in Trade Policy and Industrial Strategy from the University of Manchester, UK.
Yadira MontenegroProject Manager
Yadira manages AgroEco® Coffee and the Youth Network Project in Nicaragua. She first learned of CAN’s work in 2008 and by 2011, she was coordinating the Youth Leadership for Food Security and Food Sovereignty Project with CAN’s network partner, UCA San Ramón. She also has coordinated CAN Field Studies with UCA San Ramón and oversees the AgroEco® Coffee’s Funds for Sustainable Agriculture and the Unpaid Work of Women. She graduated in 1993 as an Engineering Agronomist.
Friends of CAN (FoCAN) Leadership Team
Izamar SanchezMarketing Assistant
Izamar is a third year UCSC anthropology major with a minor in sustainability. After participating in Alternative Spring Break 2014 in Quintana Roo, she became FoCAN’s marketing assistant.
Sophia Bassett Local Intercambio Coordinator
Sophia is a third year UCSC Politics and Latin America & Latino Studies major. Through FoCAN, she educates students about food justice issues through FoCAN’s weekly gatherings, Cultivating a Daily Revolution.