Food Chain Workers Alliance
Los Angeles, California
Joann Lo is the Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance and was the first staff member of the Alliance when she began in November 2009. The daughter of immigrants from Taiwan, she graduated from Yale University with a degree in Environmental Biology and has organized with both unions and a worker center. In 2000 Joann was one of two staff who started the Garment Worker Center, and she organized with garment workers in Los Angeles who led a successful campaign against retailer Forever 21, memorialized in the Emmy-winning documentary “Made in L.A.” In 2005 Joann joined Enlace, an alliance of worker centers and unions and a year later became Co-Director. Joann is a member of the Leadership Board and the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Good Food Purchasing and the Domestic Fair Trade Association. Joann has been awarded the 2017 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award and the 2018 American Food Heroes Award from Eating Well magazine.