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Christine Tran

Christine Tran

Executive Director at Los Angeles Food Policy Council

Los Angeles, California

From grantmaker to grankseeker during a global pandemic, Christine Tran is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC), the largest food policy council in the country. LAFPC is a cross-sector non-profit with a mission to make food healthy, affordable, sustainable, and fair for all. LAFPC convenes working groups to develop community-driven policies, supports corner stores to provide fresh produce within half a mile of residences, leads innovative research projects, and provides leadership development training.

Christine is an Angelena from South El Monte. She operates through the lens of lived experiences. Christine is the daughter of refugees. Her mother worked in sweatshops, her father worked as a day laborer. She grew up in a CalFresh household, was a former WIC baby, and free lunch student. She is committed to increasing healthy food access, expanding local opportunities, and building healthy communities through inclusive policies and programs.

Her previous work includes teaching for the Los Angeles Unified School District as well as policy and program development across the United States in Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York City, and Seattle. She has a diverse background in food justice, education, nonprofit, philanthropy, and community development.

Christine has written for KCET, PBS, Boom California, and Life & Thyme. She is a graduate of UCLA, Columbia University, and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Washington. Christine is also an alumna of the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship.


  • Business and Financial Division Assistant (The School at Columbia University)
  • Program Officer (First 5 LA)
  • Collaborative Researchers for Education Sciences Training (CREST) Fellow (University of Washington)
  • Emerging Leaders in Science and Society (ELISS) Fellow (AAAS)
  • Executive Director (Los Angeles Food Policy Council)


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