Ally DeArman has been working to support local food systems in the Bay Area since graduating from Stanford University in 2008. Her past endeavors have included selling vegetables and running nutrition programs for elementary-age students within the Oakland Unified School District. Along with Anya Fernald in 2009, Ally helped to launch the Eat Real Festival, an event which seeks to close the gap between the high-income supporters of the Slow Food movement and the accessibility and populism of global street food. After 3 years of the annual festival, Food Craft Institute was founded to address a separate gap – the knowledge and skill gap of passionate food makers who lack traditional business and entrepreneurial development. By creating resources and a support network for food entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds, FCI is making local economies stronger and local food systems healthier. Ally currently serves as the organization’s Executive Director.