Partnerships & Advocacy Manager
Rachel Oporto is a native San Diegan, lifelong relationship builder, and the Partnerships & Advocacy Manager at the San Diego Food System Alliance. She leads the Alliance's efforts in network development, community engagement, relationship building, as well as Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Rachel’s experience in the food service industry has informed her educational and career pathways, bridging a love for food with a commitment to equity. With a strong connection to food & culture, and a deep commitment to racial justice, Rachel seeks to shift power, build bridges, and cultivate a local food system owned and led by the community. Rachel first graduated from the California Culinary Academy, Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco with a degree in Culinary Arts. Later graduating Summa Cum Laude from UC San Diego with a degree in SocioCultural Anthropology, focusing on social justice and gender studies. While completing her undergrad at UC San Diego Rachel served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for two years through the Anti-Hunger Opportunity Corps.