What is a Krista Colleague? Meet one of our Krista Colleagues, Daniela Perez, who is uniting her love for healthy food with empowerment that comes from making healthy decisions. Daniela embodies what it means to be a Krista Colleague, committing to a life of service leadership through environmental stewardship and impacting her local community.
Growing up in Tijuana, Daniela could see many women who lacked opportunities. A class on the food system at the University of San Diego opened a way to unite her love for inventing dishes to feed others with her long-time commitment to empowering women. She served for a year as a Garden Educator for the Learning Gardens Laboratory in Portland, where she taught 6th graders science and sustainability in the garden-And she is now enrolled in Portland State's Leadership for Sustainability Education program and helping low-income Portland residents grow their own food.
Every Krista Colleague receives a $1000 Service Leadership Grant to be used toward furthering their leadership capacity and service training. Daniela used her Service Leadership Grant to attend Oregon State University's urban farming apprenticeship program is the next Yes she is working towards. "I want to help people grow food, get access to healthy food, and feel the empowerment that comes from making healthy decisions," she says. "My dream is to go back to Tijuana and start doing this work there."