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Board of Directors

Erika Allen is Chicago and National Projects Director for Growing Power and she is a Commissioner of the Chicago Park District. As the daughter of Will Allen, she has a small farm agricultural background and experience. Ms. Allen was an awardee for the Chicago Tribune’s Good Eating Award in 2006 and was honored by Family Focus in 2007 for her work in community food systems. In 2009, Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI) honored Erika as a Mother of the Environment for Minneapolis/St. Paul. She is also a Post Carbon Institute Fellow. Erika served on the Illinois Food, Farms and Jobs Act Council appointed by Illinois Governor Quinn and most recently served on new Chicago Mayor - Rahm Emmanuel’s transition team – Energy, Environment and Public Space Committee.