Jovida Ross

Jovida Ross is Executive Director at Real Food Real Stories (RFRS). RFRS's mission is to democratize food culture to feed our collective healing and transformation. Before joining the RFRS team, Jovida spent 7+ years as Director of Programs at Movement Strategy Center (MSC), where she co-founded The Transitions Initiative and led the design and facilitation of MSC’s Transitions Labs. These BIPOC-centered cross-movement learning and strategy spaces gathered more than 200 social justice movement leaders from across the country to explore the question: How do we transition our world from domination and extraction, to resilience, regeneration, and interdependence? With Jovida’s leadership, RFRS has come to clearly situate our work within a movement-building context, understanding that we work in concert with others whose visions align with ours. Many teachers and communities of practice have supported Jovida’s learning around embodiment practices, trauma stewardship and healing, and how personal and collective transformation are linked. She is particularly grateful for the guidance and mentorship of Kawelokū Norma Wong.