Prominent food-justice and environmental activist Nikki Silvestri will give a presentation entitled “Food Systems, Communities, and You” on Oct. 19, at the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma Campus in Carole L. Ellis Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Silvestri will address questions such as: What is our responsibility to the food system in these chaotic political times when so much environmental progress is at risk? How do we care for our communities as the ecosystem continues to change? She will help the audience envision a path forward as we imagine a future that works for all, and feeds us well.

A thought leader at the intersection of sustainability and racial justice, Silvestri is former executive director of People’s Grocery in Oakland, an organization fighting for equal access to healthy food in neighborhoods contending with disinvestment, poverty and racial segregation. She was named “one of the 100 most influential African Americans” by Root Magazine.

Silvestri served as executive director of Green for All, a national organization co-founded by activist, best-selling author and TV commentator Van Jones that advocates for a green collar economy to combat poverty.

Silvestri’s presentation is part of a campus-wide effort at SRJC Petaluma to offer curriculum and co-curricular programming around a shared theme of “Food Justice and Regeneration.”

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is $4 on campus.