Green Festival Speakers

Erika Allen



Erika Allen is the Chicago and National Projects Director for Growing Power. As the daughter of Will Allen, she has a small farm agricultural background with specialties in project planning, community food systems design, and direct marketing training, and has worked in every aspect of urban agriculture from the transplanting seedlings to managing farmer’s markets. Her ability to integrate creative arts and therapeutic techniques with food security and community development have enabled her to establish numerous food system projects where she supports limited resource producers in strengthenomg their farm businesses models to build sustainable partnerships that create healthy food options in inner-city and rural communities.

Ms. Allen holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MA in art therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a Post Carbon Institute Fellow, and currently sits on the Illinois Food, Farms and Jobs Act Council. She is the proud mother of Emiliano “ayo” her toddler.