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Devita Davison    

Executive Director of FoodLab Detroit, Food Justice, Community Representation & Sustainability Advocate

Devita Davison combines her passion for culinary arts with activism and entrepreneurship. She has spoken and facilitated workshops on food justice, entrepreneurship and the localist movement at the Kellogg Foundation Food & Community conference, Just Food Conference, Netroots Nation, Omega Institute and the BALLE conference.

As Executive Director of FoodLab Detroit, a non-profit organization that represents a diverse community of food businesses and allies working to make good food a sustainable reality for all Detroiters, Davison works to provide support to over 200+ food businesses through resource connection, mentoring, high-quality workshops, field-trips and networking opportunities - all with the goal of cultivating good food businesses. A native Detroiter, Davison moved back home after running a specialty food retail shop in Brooklyn, New York and now plays a leading role in Detroit's emerging food scene.

Davison was previously the Managing Director for Detroit Kitchen Connect, a network of shared, commercial kitchen spaces. She worked to grow the program from a visionary idea to a multiple facility operation that is bringing people together, building a more inclusive food economy and challenging the social, political and economic structures that reinforce inequities.

Davison writes on local food systems and has been quoted in the media including: Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Crain's Detroit, Michigan Corp!, Civil Eats, Policy Link and Urban Innovation Exchange.

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